Transit Master Plan
Transit Master Plan is finalized!
The Transit Master Plan provides a roadmap for Strathcona County transit growth and service over the next decade.
About the final Transit Master Plan recommendations
The Transit Master Plan covers the needs of the rural parts of the County as well as the urban service area of Sherwood Park up to 2021, and will be a critical policy and strategic planning document. It provides a well-defined vision and strategic direction for all transit services as well as a set of strategies to address future transit needs of the community.
The 10-year plan (2013-2023) was developed based on extensive public and stakeholder consultation and will provide guidelines to Strathcona County Transit (SCT) staff for future service design and planning to meet the travel needs of a growing community in an effective and efficient way.
Key opportunities and challenges for transit were drawn from numerous interviews with stakeholders, public input from open houses, workshops and an on-line survey, existing technical data as well as discussion with SCT staff.
With projected population and employment growth, travel demand is expected to grow significantly in the County and to and from other municipalities in the Region. It is expected that more people will rely on transit services for travel due to an aging population, increasing automobile costs and increasing road congestion.
The travel data analysis and results from stakeholder and public consultation indicate that Edmonton will continue to be a key destination for employment, education and other activities for the residents of Strathcona County. However, given the proposed intensification of urban development, local travel within the County will become more important in the longer-term. Areas of intensification are identified whereby increased transit services should be made available.
An effective transit system is required to provide alternative transportation to everyone in the community. Reducing traffic congestion and capital investments on road infrastructure as well as greenhouse gas emissions supports the County’s strategic direction of environmental, social, economic sustainability.
The final recommendation document
Final report (224 pages)
This is the entire document. There is also a summary document, which highlights some background information and key recommendations.
Summary of recommendations(7 pages)
We have also highlighted some of the more important recommendations. Here you will find summaries divided into subjects.
- Specialized Transit (SCAT) recommendations
- Intermunicipal transit and Park and Ride
- Local service changes
- Rural transit service
- Fare structure
History of the project
In order to serve you better, in March 2010 SCT began work on a Transit Master Plan. The plan involved gathering input from the public and stakeholders, as well as conducting a technical analysis. Public consultation included open houses as well as a questionnaire.
The Transit Master Plan will provide strategic direction and guiding principles, identify appropriate service levels and service design, and provide future direction. Recommendations from this study will be subject to detailed planning and design at a later date to determine the economic impact of implementation.
Public consultation was an important aspect of this plan. We used feedback from both riders and non-riders, and encouraged Strathcona County residents to participate in this initiative.