Coun. Amarjeet Sohi is pushing city councillors to extend transit service to underserved neighbourhoods.
Sohi’s motion, which should be debated Thursday, would bring peak-hour service to communities like Oxford, Windermere, Clover Bar, Summerside and Griesbach at a cost of $1.4 million, where there is currently no service.
In a second motion, Sohi would also extend off peak service to route 95, route 103, route 325, route 347, route 47, and route 169 at a cost of $2.45 million.
Sohi said he thinks it’s time the city extended service to these areas.
“We have communities that are fully developed, communities that need public transportation and they have no access to transit,” he said. “Transit is a fundamental way for people to move around in the city, for those who don’t have vehicles.”
Sohi argued it’s a question of fairness to commuters from these communities.
“They pay taxes like everyone else, so why wouldn’t they get transit like everyone else?”
Ken Koropeski, director of service development, for Edmonton transit said the changes are possible with the existing bus fleet if council approves the added operating costs.
“The bigger of the two service packages, dollar wise, is off-peak service and there are far more buses out on the peaks than the off peaks,” he said.
Sohi inquired about adding more service to address overcrowding issues on certain busy routes, but that would require more buses the city currently does not have.