Transportation Master Plan
Addressing Future Transportation Needs
The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a strategic document that guides how the City addresses and plans its current and future transportation needs for the next 27 years. The Plan, which was updated throughout 2014 and 2015, was presented to Council in April 2016 and sets the vision and actions for the transportation network until 2042.
The TMP connects and moves people, goods and services throughout St. Albert in a safe, efficient and effective way. The term transportation includes the roads, trails, sidewalks and other infrastructure needed to move people and goods from one place to another.
Areas Of Focus
- Maximize the benefit of the existing infrastructure available
- Collaborate on, and advocate for, improvements to regional infrastructure to alleviate pressure on St. Albert Trail
- Reclaim St. Albert Trail as a user-friendly main street through St. Albert
- Improve transportation choice through the development of alternative infrastructure and coordination with land-use planning to encourage a shift to alternative modes
The Transportation Master Plan centralizes on five key areas:
- Road Network - The existing road network faces significant pressure from regional traffic. Future conditions such as growth and potential infrastructure changes proposed through the future LRT corridor require that the existing road network be used as efficiently as possible. Key strategies:
- Use intelligent transportation systems to maximize existing infrastructure; improve neighbourhood roads through traffic calming; implement a Complete Streets Policy to protect roads for differing purposes; envision a new future for St. Albert Trail, and prioritize supporting new regional road connection (like the expansion of Ray Gibbon Drive and developing 127 Street).
- Active Transportation Network – The proposed network provides additional opportunities for residents to choose to walk or cycle on their shorter trips, which will support a healthier community and provide opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Key strategies:
- Use the existing Red Willow Trail system, develop new off-road links wherever possible (system of trail linkages and cycling routes), and identify potential on-road connections where necessary to complete the system.
- Public Transportation Network – The TMP supports the Transit Long-Term Department Plan and the development of the LRT, as well as land-use planning to enhance future ridership on the LRT, both through densification near proposed stations and park and ride for regional traffic. Key strategies:
- Support the development of intermodal connections (e.g. trail connectivity); investigate the implementation of non-traditional transit.
- Goods Movement Network – St. Albert has two industrial areas and plays an important role in the movement of goods throughout the region. Key strategies:
- Align the road network with the functionality of the roadways and user expectations. Provide connections between the existing industrial areas within St. Albert, as well as to the region, including Sturgeon County and Edmonton; keep heavy vehicle traffic away from residential areas and schools.
- Intelligent Transportation Systems – ITS uses technology to improve the efficiency, safety and security of the existing and proposed road network. Examples include adaptive traffic signal control, traveller information (traffic conditions, weather advisories), transit signal priorities, commercial vehicle operations and data management. Key strategies:
- ITS policy development; social media and education integration; regional integration; multi-modal facilities; and future technologies.
The City developed an Implementation Plan for the TMP recommendations. Recommendations will be incorporated into the 10 Year Capital Plan, to be considered for approval during the annual budget process. The City will update the Transportation Bylaw, based on the TMP Update, and bring it forward for Council approval by September 2016. As well, Administration will prepare any required amendments to the Offsite Levy Bylaw for Council consideration during the annual off-site levy review in March 2017.
Last edited: November 15, 2019