Edmonton making efforts to improve transit for city tourists

Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017

EdmontonEdmonton city is outing its best foot forward to make transit more user-friendly for travellers.


The urban planning committee of Edmonton’s city council met on Wednesday to discuss seven recommendations placed by the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board.


These recommendations comprise identifying a transit hub for connecting the local bus LRT network with the regional transport services, providing fare options especially for tourists, using meaningful names, symbols and labels that can easily be identified by visitors. A review of service to some of the key tourism destinations and a probable partnership between the Edmonton Transit Service and the hospitality industry are also on the list of ideas.


Izak Roux is a member of the advisory board.


Roux mentioned that making some improvements to the 747 airport bus route should be a priority since it is the most convenient recommendation to implement.


Roux said in an interview with one of the regional news media agencies that a good amount of cash is necessary to board a 747 bus. A prominent difficulty for tourists is being able to identify how to get between LRT stations and buses.


At the committee meeting on Wednesday, Roux said that there should be continuing conversations about identifying a transit hub.


As many as 172,000 people avail the 747 airport bus annually, as per Eddie Robar who is a branch manager with the Edmonton Transit Service. The bus route is outside the municipal boundaries of ETS and is partially subsidized by the Edmonton International Airport and the city.


The marketing manager for the Edmonton International Airport, Cindy Barclay said that the airport is ready to discuss about the process of funding more frequent service for the 747 route with this city and its key partners like the ETS and Tourism Edmonton.




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