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Transit Local Route Restructuring Project

Background

St. Albert Transit operates both a local route network and a commuter route network into Edmonton. St. Albert’s current local transit network has been adjusted over the years to accommodate new neighborhoods; however it remains virtually unchanged since 2001. 

Feedback from transit riders and residents suggests that the local network in many ways provides satisfactory access to the commuter routes at the transit stations but is difficult to navigate, or too time consuming, for travel to destinations within St. Albert, particularly with respect to cross-quadrant travel (ex, northwest neighborhoods to the southeast areas).  As a result transit supporters bypass use of the local transit network and are dependant on automobile use for all or part of the travel experience.  

By redesigning and restructuring the existing local transit routes (as well as the Transit Service and Standards Policy), the City of St. Albert is looking to address these challenges and create a network that provides greater accessibility and more options for travel within St. Albert.  This could potentially serve businesses and employees, local students, seniors, and commuters, and ultimately grow overall ridership.

 

Public Consultation

A number of steps have already been taken to gain the feedback of transit users and St. Albert residents at large with respect to the local service , and more avenues for input are planned.    

  • St. Albert Transit Passenger Satisfaction Survey/System ReviewCompleted March 2015
    A comprehensive survey of passenger and their level of satisfaction with various components of the system, as well as an assessment of service performance including schedule adherence, and passenger usage
  • Telephone Survey (non transit riders)Completed May 2015
    The City contracted Bannister Research to complete a 800 household survey to gauge the satisfaction with the City’s existing local transit services
  • Online SurveyCompleted May 2015
    The City contracted Bannister Research to conduct an online survey to collect stakeholders perception of the existing City’s local transit services

Upcoming forums for providing input and feedback include: 

  • Local Transit Advisory Committee – In Progress
    Comprised of residents, transit users and City Administration, the Local Transit Advisory Committee will review, and provide input  into the new proposed local route design for Council’s consideration.
  • Open Houses Completed 2016
    The City will be hosting a series of open houses seeking residents input into potential new local transit routes prior to completing recommendations for Council’s approval

 

Local Transit Advisory Committee

Call for Participation

The City is forming Local Transit Advisory Committee that will be responsible for reviewing the information gathered from the public engagement process and providing advocacy and input relative to their unique backgrounds as residents and/or employees of the City of St. Albert. The Advisory Committee will consist of local residents, transit users and City representatives. The Transit Advisory Committee will meet approximately once per month for a term of 1 year. 

TWO (2) RESIDENTS OF ST. ALBERT Needed

The Committee is currently seeking two (2) residents of St. Albert fitting the following description:

  1. Post-Secondary Transit User: A St. Albert resident that primarily utilizes transit to commute to and from a post secondary institution
  2. Daily Transit Commuter: A St. Albert resident who makes regular use of Transit for local travel or for commuter travel into Edmonton that uses local transit as a primary means of transportation

How To Apply

Call for applications is now closed. Thank you to those who applied. The City is reviewing applications and will contact those of interest. 

If you have any questions regarding the Local Transit Advisory Committee, please contact transit@stalbert.ca directly.

 

Next Steps

Administration will be presenting preliminary Local Transit Route designs to Council in 2016. 

Resources

October 5th 2015 - Council Agenda Report 
 

Last edited: September 7, 2018

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