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Transportation Strategy for Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions

Why develop a Transportation Strategy for Alberta?
What will the Strategy look like?
Who from outside the Government of Alberta has been consulted as the Strategy has been developed?
What are the draft goals that have been identified for the Strategy?
Will this initiative change government’s plans for short or long-term capital spending?
Will the Strategy identify specific projects?
Will land need to be acquired to support the goals identified in the Strategy?
What are the next steps for finalizing the Strategy?
Can I still provide my input on the development of the Strategy?

Why develop a Transportation Strategy for Alberta?
A long-term, integrated Transportation Strategy for Alberta (Strategy) is needed to support multiple Government of Alberta priorities and strategies, and to help guide our province’s transportation system along a future course of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Input from Albertans will contribute to a robust and comprehensive vision for the future. The input will ensure key transportation goals and outcomes are captured in the Strategy.

Looking forward, it is imperative that Alberta has a comprehensive plan in place that anticipates population and economic growth, technological advances and an aging population. It must also represent a balance between urban and rural transportation needs and provincial industry. Excellent examples of the value and feasibility of long-term thinking are the Edmonton and Calgary ring roads, where planning took place for 40 years prior to construction beginning.

What will the Strategy look like?
This integrated Strategy, which will focus on the many ways to move people and products, will provide a long-term vision for Alberta’s transportation system. It will also provide an overarching direction to help guide decisions on transportation investments, policies and programs.

Who from outside the Government of Alberta has been consulted as the Strategy has been developed?
Albertans and Alberta businesses have been engaged through various approaches, including two phases of public consultation and focus group sessions:

  • Phase one (January and February 2014): public consultation sessions were held in 18 communities throughout the province to seek input on the Strategy’s development. Input from Phase one formed the foundation of the draft Strategy that was made available for review and comment during Phase two. The draft Strategy was the result of input from more than 900 individuals and organizations who attended the 18 sessions, as well as information from more than 100 written submissions.
  • Phase two (April and May 2014): Albertans participated in an online public consultation on the draft Strategy. They provided their thoughts through a survey and/or an in-depth workbook. A facilitator’s handbook was made available for interested parties to host their own discussions and submit their input to Alberta Transportation. A comment box was provided on Alberta Transportation’s website to submit comments on the draft Strategy. There was input received from more than 900 individuals and organizations during phase two.
  • Focus group sessions (January and February 2015): key partners and stakeholders were invited to participate in focus group sessions to discuss draft goals and outcomes.

What are the draft goals that have been identified for the Strategy?

Six draft goals have been identified for the Strategy at this time:

  1. Connected and Active Communities
  2. Competitiveness, Market Access and Economic Growth
  3. Safety and Security
  4. Environmental Stewardship
  5. Innovation and Technology Integration
  6. Long-term Sustainability and Affordability

Will this initiative change government’s plans for short or long-term capital spending?
The Strategy is not intended to address specific annual planning priorities. This is a long-term vision with the objective to look at how infrastructure, policies and programs will be developed. The Strategy will not identify specific projects, and government’s plans for short-term capital spending will not be impacted. As plans for long-term capital spending are developed, they may reflect the goals and outcomes identified in the Strategy.

Will the Strategy identify specific projects?
The Strategy is not intended to identify specific initiatives, such as individual infrastructure projects, but will help guide decisions on transportation investments, policies and programs to address Alberta’s long-term needs. It will consider the management of current assets for the future and how the various transportation options can best work together for Albertans, the economy and the environment. The Strategy will include an action plan that identifies detailed tasks to achieve the Strategy's goals. However, like the Strategy, the action plan will not identify specific projects.

Will land need to be acquired to support the goals identified in the Strategy?
The Strategy will not provide a specific timeline or priority list of transportation projects. However, it will align with the Land-Use Framework, which provides an approach to manage the province’s land and natural resources. Alberta Transportation will continue to work with other government departments to fulfill the desired outcomes of the Land-Use Framework through participation in the development of regional plans.

What are the next steps for finalizing the Strategy?
All input obtained in both phase one and phase two is being carefully considered in the development of the final Strategy. It is also being informed by input provided by transportation partners and stakeholders during the focus group sessions.

Through 2016, the Government of Alberta will incorporate additional government direction and conduct additional engagement with transportation partners towards finalization of the Strategy.

The Government of Alberta recognizes that continued collaboration and conversation with transportation partners will be needed to successfully implement the Strategy.

Can I still provide my input on the development of the Strategy?
Alberta Transportation is interested in your perspectives on the future of transportation in Alberta. You can contact Alberta Transportation by email at TransStrategy@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-415-1345 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access anywhere in Alberta).