Bus service to airport wins approval
The new C-Line bus service between Edmonton's LRT and the international airport will go ahead, after Alberta Transportation ruled in favour of the project despite objections by Greyhound Canada.
The hearing adjudicator found on Oct. 8 that there was demand for the service and that it was in the public interest for it to proceed.
"The registrar deemed the C-Line is not really a competing service as much as a complimentary service," said Trent Bamcarz of Alberta Transportation.
"Different kinds of vehicles, different times of the day, just a different intent behind the service than what Greyhound was providing,"
The C-Line will run between Century Park LRT station, Edmonton International Airport, Nisku Industrial Park and the City of Leduc.
Edmonton Transit will provide the buses and the staff to run the line, which will operate during the morning and afternoon rush hours, Monday to Friday.
The service was supposed to start on Aug. 30 but was delayed after Greyhound filed an appeal. Greyhound objected to the Leduc stop on the new route.
Officials with the city of Edmonton are watching the project with interest. If demand is great enough, the city may eventually expand the service so it runs all day, seven days a week.
"This is a test case, it's a pilot," transportation general manager Bob Boutilier said.
"Council did not support a system at this time. They wanted to see how this would grow. So we want to see what the ridership is like. And if that proves to be successful, then we could very quickly start setting up some kind of service directly to the airport."
Now that Alberta Transportation has given its approval, the line will start running within several weeks. The new date will be announced once the final steps in obtaining an operating authority certificate are completed.