Alberta public transport system is fractured and does not serve all Albertans. The mass transit systems in use today are located in the major population centers of Edmonton and Calgary which have light rail systems.
Smaller cities have a transit system that serves the local population.
Rural bussing has been hit and miss since the seventies.
Then there’s the politics at every level that has created an unstainable system that will never serve all of the people of Alberta.
However, If the people choose to include the freedom to travel in the rights, freedoms and responsibilities act, then government will be obligated to do what can be done to ensure people in small communities such as villages, towns and hamlets can move about the province.
The AAIM option plan proposes that a provincial mass transit system be developed and installed that includes;
1. A high-speed rail line such as the hyperloop system. To be constructed from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray. The ability to move people from Lethbridge to Fort Mac in less than four hours, imagine the possibilities for business, tourism, education and more.
2. Ten to fifteen high speed lines laddered from the south to north to intersect the mainline from east to west. A bullet train would be ideal
3. Light Rail system to connect all communities within 50 km of a major center.
4. An improved bus system that can connect smaller outlying communities such as hamlets, villages and towns to the light rail or high-speed lines
5. Improved roads and highways that incorporate modern refueling and rest areas where a traveler can have access to;
• fuel of any type,
• an area for overnight RV parking, and,
• in areas where roads can be compromised by weather or conditions (avalanche, mud slides etc.) shelters will be built that will provide short term assistance and sleeping quarters (hostels) to aide isolated travelers.
6. High speed toll highways that will allow speeds of up to two hundred km/hr.
7. Automated roads and highways that will be designated for use by automated transport vehicles only.
8. Driver training centers that will include a track to simulate the driving chaos new driver will face as we move forward with automated vehicles, smart highways and more.
The benefits for the people seem unlimited. This multi-year project could allow for a person or family to live in a small town and work and go to school in a city. It would also improve tourism and transportation of goods and material. Accepting this project would.
• Allow families many options for their child’s education.
• Promote the growth of every hamlet, village and town in the province,
• Provide large population centers some relief from overcrowding,
• Remove hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks from the highways,
• Reduce the reliance of inter provincial air travel,
• Reduce the auto accident rate,
• Create thousands of permanent full-time jobs,