Strategy for Better Transit

Public Transit –  Better Transit

I want you to know that the City is continuing to work on our Transit Strategy to improve public transportation.  Our current system is expected to meet the demand of our ever-growing city and region, and part of the strategy is to ensure you have the service you need in your neighbourhood.

The first major step in achieving better transit is the Bus Network Redesign.  Your feedback has helped to refine proposed route changes.  We need citizens to help us again to review the final draft making sure the design reflects the needs of transit users.  A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across the city.  More details on the final draft Bus Network Public Engagement and fall public engagement opportunities can be found on the Bus Network Public Engagement page or by calling 311.

Until December 9, you are invited to review the draft bus network design, which is based on feedback received over the past year. This includes the workshops that 2300 citizens attended, as well as 4200 completed online surveys.

What We Did and Heard Report summary and a complete report of this last spring’s engagement results are posted online at Edmonton.ca/newbusroutes.

Based on initial feedback from thousands of citizens, the transit planning team has further refined the draft bus network over the summer. For example, the majority of people will be within a five to seven minute walk to a transit stop and some routes were readjusted to connect to important community destinations, like Capilano to downtown, for example.

Concurrently, ETS continues to research First/Last Kilometer solutions that could work in Edmonton; a study of these findings will be brought to the November 13 Urban Planning Committee meeting.

As well, the city is continuing to work with the Greater Edmonton Region on an agreement with all 13 regional partners to establish a Regional Transit Services Commission, to better mesh our current mix of transit services.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at ben.henderson@edmonton.ca or at 780-496-8146. Follow me on Twitter@ben_hen

 

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