Transportation Options in New Communities
A huge deciding factor for many prospective homebuyers is how accessible a community is. And this is determined both by nearby roads and transit. After all, everyone wants a quick drive to and from work. Luckily, with major roads such as the Yellowhead, Whitemud and newly completed Anthony Henday, Edmonton is anything but difficult to get around. New neighbourhoods, especially, are developed with a convenient commute in mind and strive to make your travels as fast and stress-free as possible. Read on to see just how simple getting around can be!
As of late, south Edmonton has become a very popular area for new homebuyers. In addition to having a ton of amenities, transit is extremely accessible in this part of town, with the LRT running all the way to Century Park. This makes south Edmonton perfect for those who need a speedy ride downtown. The southeastern neighbourhood of Tamarack, for example, has a newly built transit centre with routes branding out all over the city. As far as the daily drive goes, most communities in south Edmonton have access to downtown in no more than 20 minutes.
North Edmonton is approximately 20 minutes from city centre by transit and nearly half the time by car. There are many ways to get into the downtown core, such as St. Albert Trail and 97 street. Convenient new communities such as Manning Village mean you can jump on Manning Drive/ Fort Road or the nearby Anthony Henday for a quick commute. Here too, you’ll find the LRT runs all the way up to Clareview, with all other areas easily accessible by bus.
Most bedroom communities are served by their own transit systems, especially outlying neighbourhoods such as Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan. But the bus doesn’t stop in just these neighbourhoods. Fort Saskatchewan, for example, has buses that run hourly to the Clareview transit hub. Spruce Grove also offers transit to and from Edmonton at peak hours. In terms of drive time, with the nearby Yellowhead and Anthony Henday, you’re looking at a half-hour commute straight to the heart of Edmonton.
Driving Versus Transit
It’s said that most Edmontonians prefer to drive. In addition to a shorter commute time, there is something to be said for not having to walk to a bus stop or train station. You also get to leave right when your car is warm instead of wait for the next train.
On the other hand, public transit can be an exceptional way to save! In fact, the minimal amount of extra time it takes to use public transit, in combination with the amount you’d save on gas, may just have you wanting to take the bus. This commute calculator will help you figure out how much you could save on your commute to put right back into your pocket!
Now that you know just how accessible Edmonton’s newest communities really are, you’ll have quick and easy commute no matter which option you choose!