April 26, 2018
Today, the City of Leduc, Leduc County, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) announced details about several new and enhanced transit routes to EIA that will support this important employment and destination hub.
In May, Leduc Transit Route 10 to the Premium Outlet Collection EIA will begin operations. ETS Route 747 will add a stop at the Premium Outlet Collection EIA, in addition to the regular express bus service between the Century Park LRT Station and EIA main terminal. ETS will also reduce fares from $10 to $5 or two ETS tickets. EIA will also begin operating an additional free shuttle between the main terminal, the Premium Outlet Collection EIA, Rosenau Transport, Aeroterm building, BBE warehouse and the STARS hangar. All these transit options will be accessible from the Arrivals Level of the EIA main terminal, outside Door 8.
A number of other fare changes will begin on or before June 1. UPass holders will be able to access ETS Route 747 with their UPass, and Leduc Transit customers will be able to transfer between Route 747 and Leduc Transit with no additional fare.
“EIA is an integral part of the region's economy. We are sustained by an excellent long-term relationship with all surrounding municipalities,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “As a not-for-profit entity that is mandated to drive economic growth for our region, we are committed to creating jobs, generating economic development and building relationships that will benefit all parties for many years to come. Enhanced transit connections to and around the airport lands are an essential step towards advancing the mandate of the Accord partnership.”
“A significant number of our residents work at EIA and with the new development, it is vitally important that our residents have access to these new developments through our transit service,” said Mayor of the City of Leduc Bob Young. “The regional collaboration within the Accord partnership allows us to have crucial conversations that not only benefit our residents but also the long-term success of the region.”
“We are proud of the collaborative spirit that has been cultivated through the work of the Airport Accord partnership,” said Leduc County Mayor Tanni Doblanko. “Working together is one of our region’s greatest strengths, and is critical for the success of key economic drivers like EIA. Having enhanced transit connections to the airport and surrounding developments will benefit the entire region, and will help to raise the profile of EIA as a world-class airport.“
“The Accord partnership has provided an unprecedented collaborative opportunity to innovate and advance the region and EIA as a competitive global investment destination. We are already seeing the collective benefits of the partnership through the enhanced transit access to EIA,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Our continued capacity to negotiate and manage shared investment and shared benefits is vital to ensuring our collective prosperity as a successful Edmonton metropolitan region.”
In 2017, EIA’s economic impact was valued at $3.2 billion, and that number continues to grow as the airport develops new passenger and cargo air service. The Airport Accord partnership creates a new collaborative model that starts from a premise of shared costs for shared benefits, recognizing that all parties benefit from EIA’s success. By prioritizing this success, the parties will not only contribute to the economic prosperity of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region but will also have the potential to set a new standard for such collaborations in the future.