The City of Leduc’s manager of public transportation has been awarded the Canadian Urban Transit Association National Individual Award for Excellence, recognized for a major contribution made by an individual resulting in the betterment of a public transit system.
“It’s basically for the demonstrating leadership in the promotion and operation in transit,” said Mike Pieters, general manager of infrastructure and planning, referring to Kevin Wenzel.
Pieters added Wenzel, in collaboration with Leduc County and Alberta Transportation, implemented Leduc Transit, which launched in September 2014.
After receiving Alberta Transportation’s GreenTRIP grant, Wenzel was able to take his place as a major player in the transit system project and create the transit service, route and schedule design, development of fare products and route brochures, the transit website and bus tracker system. He also took charge of bus purchasing, constructing a bus garage and park and ride lots.
Before the Leduc Transit system was created the city used an inter-municipal system, which connected Leduc to Leduc County and Edmonton. The system spearheaded by Wenzel allowed the City of Leduc to expand it’s previous system as well as create more feeder routes in Leduc and to the business park and Edmonton International Airport.