Those pushing for late night transit in Edmonton have had another supporter hop on board.
A final report from Responsible Hospitality Edmonton on the Night Ride pilot project will be in front of a council committee on Wednesday.
Program manager Angela Turner said the group wants more than simply a weekend, late-night Whyte Avenue bus service though, and is supportive of options outlined by Edmonton Transit officials earlier this year.
The proposed network includes five routes from downtown and Old Strathcona to Century Park, Mill Woods, Capilano, Clareview, Eaux Claires and West Edmonton Mall, operating through the night until regular service begins.
That – and other phases of the $6.5 million plan – could be discussed during 2013 budget deliberations, and Turner hopes something comes of it.
“Because of our work, we see a real need for Friday and Saturday nights,” she said. “So even if there was a decision to not be able to fund seven nights a week, we’d like to see two.”
A total of 1,943 passengers took Night Ride, offered Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 6 to April 14. Patrons were picked up on Whyte Avenue then dropped off in the university area or at Southgate Transit Centre where taxis were waiting.
“It was useful, it was successful, people used the service, people’s behaviour was good on the service,” said Turner.