For Immediate Release / February 5, 2020
City of St. Albert Votes to Join Regional Transit Commission
City of St. Albert Council voted yes at the February 3, 2020 council meeting to apply to the Provincial Government to set up a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC). St. Albert is the first municipality within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to indicate their official support for this next phase, with the other 12 municipalities expected to decide throughout the remainder of February and March.
After all municipal decisions take place, a formal request would have to be made to the Government of Alberta to create the Commission by participating municipalities. If approved, work on fully integrated regional transit services, including public engagement, is expected to occur through the remainder of 2020 and 2021, with services scheduled to be rolled out in 2022.
St. Albert City Councillor Wes Brodhead served as the RTSC Transition Team’s Chair and made the Motion in Council. “We have a generational opportunity to change the region for the better with integrated transit,” said Councillor Brodhead. “This is a diverse group of municipalities working together for the benefit of everyone in the Edmonton Region.”
On January 22, 2020 the team of elected representatives tasked with examining the feasibility of the RTSC released their report: “Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission.” The report highlights that uniting transit services across regional boundaries will allow for a more efficient and cost-effective transit service, while making it easier for everyone to access regional amenities, regardless of municipal jurisdiction. There are projected savings of 850 service hours per week and $3.4 million per year once systems are fully aligned in 2026.
Learn more about the RTSC.
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