Public Transit Service in Stony Plain

Commuter transit services are beginning in 2021 to connect Stony Plain to the City of Spruce Grove. Check out the Summary Report to see what we heard from the community regarding the proposed transit routes during our public participation sessions. 

On May 11, 2020, Council approved the proposed Yellow Route for transit service start up in 2021. 

If you have reduced mobility, you may book the Accessible Transportation Service. Engage Church operates the Engage Bus providing transportation to and from the Parkland Food Bank.

Regional Transit 

The Regional Transit Services Commission Transition Team is developing an addendum document to the Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission final report released on January 22, 2020. The addendum will outline updated routes and figures included in the RTSC business case. These revisions reflect the removal of services previously incorporated to serve Strathcona County, Leduc County and Sturgeon County. Like the original report, the document serves to demonstrate the viability of a Commission in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region based on which municipalities have chosen to participate. 

Municipalities who have chosen to join the commission will jointly sponsor a proposal to the Government of Alberta to establish the Commission under Provincial Regulation. The application will include the final report and addendum, along with supporting documentation of capital plans and bylaws. 

It is anticipated the following municipalities will be represented on the provincial application: City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, Town of Morinville, Parkland County, City of St. Albert, City of Spruce Grove, and Town of Stony Plain. 

If approved by the Province, the new Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) is intended to begin operating by 2022. Public engagement will be a key focus of the next phase of work to be done before the Commission is legally formed and begins operations in the Region.

Why consider creating a Regional Transit Commission?

Public transportation is a critical service that warrants regional consideration. As cities and communities continue to attract more people, demand for appealing and viable public transit alternatives for commuters continues to grow. 

Municipal transit system providers face changing mobility preferences and shifts to regional economies that can make planning and forecasting transit services at the local level challenging.

In addition, the following considerations are worth examining at a regional level:  

  • The number of daily transit trips in the region has increased by nearly 9,000 since 2005, while the number of automobile trips has increased by about 236,000. That is one transit trip for every 26 automobile trips.
  • Population impacts on our infrastructure and services may become more pronounced. For example, the regional forecast for 2020 population is 1.5M and by 2065, this is expected to reach 3M people, with 2M people in the City of Edmonton and 1M people in the region.
  • Regional employment is forecasted to grow from 767,000 to 1.5M jobs, reinforcing the need for efficient and effective transportation to support an increasing population.
What will be considered as part of the regional transit service commission business case?

The Regional Transit Service Commission business case will examine the possibility for:

  • convenient, cost-effective and extensive service across municipalities
  • integrated customer experience through improved community connections

This consideration will be based on data, costing and mapping of current local transit systems provided by each of the participating municipalities.  

Next Steps 

The Regional Transit Services Commission Transition Team is working toward finalizing the business case - including a strategic plan and financial model - to determine the viability of a Commission, and how it could best operate in the region.

Municipalities who choose to join will jointly sponsor a proposal to the Government of Alberta to establish the Commission in Provincial Regulation. Public engagement activities will be undertaken at that time. 

The Government of Alberta must approve the new Commission before it can begin operation, tentatively by 2022. 

Background 

In September 2017, City of Edmonton and City of St. Albert Councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin taking steps to develop a Regional Transit Services Commission. The other 11 Edmonton Metropolitan Region communities joined in October 2018.

To begin this work, the Government of Alberta awarded the City of Edmonton and City of St. Albert a $3.7 million Community Partnership Grant, as the initial signatories, to work with the region to analyze the feasibility of a potential Transit Commission.

The following 13 municipalities that signed the MOU are represented on the Regional Transit Services Commission Transition Team: Beaumont, Devon, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Leduc County, Morinville, Parkland County, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Strathcona County, Stony Plain, and Sturgeon County.

 

Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission