Today, the City of Lethbridge, along with federal and provincial funding partners and regional transportation partner, Red Arrow are celebrating the grand opening of the Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the facility and residents are enjoying free transit for the entire day.
This multi-purpose facility connects the many public transportation options of Southern Alberta into one safe and convenient location.
"We're excited to be able to give residents a comfortable place to access City transit services in the downtown and are also looking forward to our new partnership with Red Arrow to enhance regional transportation options," says Lethbridge Mayor, Chris Spearman. "We are extremely grateful to our federal and provincial partners for their support in making this facility a reality for our community."
The Government of Canada provided $2,027,000 towards the project from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and $1,366,000 from the Gas Tax Fund.
"Affordable, efficient transit infrastructure is essential to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day," said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "We are pleased to have supported this important project that will ensure the City of Lethbridge is well equipped to accommodate the growing needs of its residents. Investing in essential infrastructure like this is key to creating safe sustainable communities, economic growth and a strong middle class."
The Government of Alberta contributed $11,641,000 towards the Park 'n' Ride project from the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP).
"The Government of Alberta is pleased to support the City of Lethbridge's new Park 'n' Ride project to improve local and regional transit services for area residents," says Nathan Neudorf, MLA, Lethbridge-East. "This new transit facility will not only serve as a regional transportation hub, but will also benefit the local economy by providing new parking and office space for downtown visitors."
The City of Lethbridge funded $4,876,000.00 of the total $19,910,000.00 project budget.
By providing transit and parking services in the same location, locals and visitors will have a secure place to park before boarding regional transit services.
Those travelling to Lethbridge via regional transit can easily connect to the City's transit system when they arrive at the Park 'n' Ride terminal.
"Red Arrow is thrilled to be a partner with the City of Lethbridge in this new intermodal facility. This facility will provide convenient, seamless connectivity for the residents of Lethbridge and improved access to the rest of Alberta through our network of Red Arrow and Ebus routes," says Dean Wright, Vice President of Motorcoach. "Additionally, the brand new Red Arrow ticket office at the Lethbridge Park 'n' Ride will further enhance our passenger experience."
The opening of the Transit Terminal means the relocation of the downtown Lethbridge Transit hub from its current on-street location along 4 Ave S. The facility provides residents with a safe location to access City transit service that is protected from the weather and offers amenities such as Breeze Card purchasing and washroom facilities.
The Park 'n' Ride has on-site security during transit operating hours as well as 24/7 security cameras throughout the facility. After-hours parking access will be done through a secure fob system.
The move has also helped improve the accessibility of City transit service. A protected transit terminal removes barriers for individuals with mobility and accessibility challenges that have, in the past, had difficulty transferring buses in snow, ice and rain. This change allows more freedom to use traditional transit rather than relying on the City's ACCESS-A-Ride system.
The Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal also includes the addition of downtown parking, which opens up exciting opportunities to develop and grow the downtown core.
In addition to regional and City transit service, the facility will also include commercial lease space that will add to the vibrancy of downtown Lethbridge.
For more information on this facility visit www.lethbridge.ca/parknride.
Communications Consultant, City of Lethbridge