Stony Plain transit survey finds residents most want to go to Edmonton

"The next highest use was to move more freely around Stony Plain at 19.5 per cent," McKay said.

Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston, Stony Plain Mayor William Choy and Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec were among the 13 mayors of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to sign on to the Regional Transit Service Commission memorandum of understanding at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre in Edmonton in 2018. File photo

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The Town of Stony Plain’s transit service is delayed due to COVID-19 and a plurality of town residents want to use it to go to Edmonton most.

This was the main takeaway from a survey and public participation events held from the end of January through to the middle of March. Town planning and infrastructure manager Ian McKay presented the results at council’s annual meeting Tuesday and said 43 per cent of the more than 500 people reached eyed the provincial capital as the most appealing aspect of the now-chilled community public transit idea.

“The next highest use was to move more freely around Stony Plain at 19.5 per cent,” McKay said. “Overall when answering specific transit route questions, there was no clear indication that any particular route option was significantly favoured over the others by respondents.”

Improved transit within the community and throughout the region has been a goal for a number of years. The Town signed onto the formation of a Regional Transit Service Commission with the capital and other municipalities nearby in February. Mayor William Choy is certain that it will be something the community will need in the future, and it may even grow beyond what they initially envisioned.

“Maybe through this COVID-19 we might need to amp up,” he said. “More people might be using the transit so that would be a good conversation we would have to have before we make some of the decisions on what is going to be coming through to us.”

The report was accepted as information and an official route for the now-undetermined launch will be presented at a later meeting.