City of Leduc Signs on to Municipal Transit Collaboration Agreement

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) from municipalities in the Edmonton Metro Region have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a new, collaborative framework intended to improve regional transit services. 

“This marks an important step forward for growing and improving transit service across the Edmonton Metro Region,” said Darrell Reid, CAO for Strathcona County and Chair of the Regional Transit CAO Roundtable. “There are tremendous opportunities to permanently transform our transit network and coming together in this way opens the door to bettering the lives of every transit rider.” 

Signatories to the MOU included the City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, Leduc County, Parkland County, City of Spruce Grove, City of St. Albert, Town of Stony Plain, and Strathcona County. Municipal CAOs as well as local transit leaders will have regular meetings to discuss needs, look for efficiencies and keep lines of communication open.  

We all benefit when we work with the other municipalities in the region,” said City of Leduc CAO, Derek Prohar. “Collaborations like this strengthen our advocacy with higher orders of government for common interests while allowing us to focus on the unique needs of our community.”  

Collaboration to improve regional transit is built upon established positive working relationships, and existing agreements between regional transit providers and a history of collaboration and mutual support 

Under this MOU 

  • Municipalities retain sole control of their assets and workforce. 
  • Municipalities retain sole control of their public transit service decisions. 
  • Municipalities have mutual respect for each other's values, policies, areas of expertise and jurisdictions.  
  • Municipalities will continue to seek to make efficient use of existing resources. 
  • The CAO of each municipality will be responsible for achieving the desired level of collaboration. 

“Regional transit collaboration will identify opportunities to provide better connections, better use existing services and make adjustments to existing services which improve the rider experience, said Wade Coombs, Chair Regional Transit Technical Roundtable. “The Edmonton Metro Region is growing and Regional transit collaboration provides a venue to identify and prioritize service gaps. Each municipality can look at possibilities for sub-regional agreements to improving connectivity where riders need it most.” 

The City of Leduc has had a long and successful collaborative relationship with Leduc County to deliver transit service in the city, Nisku, and to the Edmonton International Airport. Coming in 2024, Leduc Transit will implement the ARC system – enabling a common payment system for Leduc residents whether they travel in Leduc or throughout the region.