Published on February 4, 2020

St. Albert Says Yes to Regional Transit Commission

The possibility of a Regional Transit Services Commission is one step closer to reality as St. Albert City Council voted yes on February 3rd to apply to the Provincial Government to set up a Regional Transit Services Commission. St. Albert is the first municipality within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to indicate their official support for this next phase, with the other 12 councils expected to vote on the matter throughout the remainder of February and March. After decisions take place, a formal request will be made to the Government of Alberta to create the Commission by participating municipalities. 

many people enjoying ride on a transit bus

Man being buckled into a seat on a transit bus

How does this work?

If the Commission goes forward, an application will be provided to Alberta Municipal Affairs and Alberta Transportation. It will state that the City of St. Albert supports the enactment of a regulation under the Municipal Government Act, to create a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. In this case, St. Albert would be a Commission member, provided that the governance, financial and operating models for the Commission are consistent with the recommendations in the Ernst & Young report entitled, “Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission.”

The report for the RTSC was released on January 22, 2020 after a year of work amongst the 13 municipalities. The RTSC report identifies an anticipated regional savings of $3.4 Million per year starting in 2026, which includes new intermunicipal transit routes. The RTSC, if approved, would not be operational until 2022.

Work on fully integrated regional transit services is expected to begin in early 2020, with services scheduled to be rolled-out to the public in 2022.

This project began in 2016 and has involved stakeholders from across all 13 municipalities at both the elected official level and members of administration. Stakeholders have also included Alberta Transportation, Alberta Municipal Affairs, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, Edmonton Global, and First Nations Reserves located in the region. There were also focus group sessions held that included post-secondary institutions, Chambers of Commerce, and more.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Last edited: February 4, 2020