Legal Studies 479
Local Government Law in Alberta (OCW)

 

Legal Studies 479
Local Government Law in Alberta (OCW)

Legal Studies 479

Unit 6:  Transportation in Municipalities

Objectives

After completing this unit, you should be able to

  1. define what a highway is;
  2. list the four ways that roads can be created;
  3. explain who has titles to roads in cities versus other municipal forms;
  4. explain the process for road closures;
  5. describe a municipality’s duty to repair roads;
  6. list the statutory defences in relation to roads, signs, and ice and snow;
  7. discuss the duty of a local government to maintain and repair a highway;
  8. outline the duty of a local government to remove ice and snow;
  9. discuss the role of a municipality in relation to air and rail transportation; and
  10. describe the activities of municipalities in public transit.

One of the biggest concerns for citizens is the ability to travel quickly and easily through a municipality.  The travelling public demands a well-constructed road network that enables them to travel by vehicle. Nothing causes citizens to write letters-to-the-editor of their local newspaper as quickly as spring potholes!  Municipalities may also provide public transportation systems for their citizens.  Municipalities spend time planning the transportation networks by which their citizens can travel through the municipalities.  They build roads, or have them built on their behalf.  They maintain them in furtherance of their statutory duties. 

This unit explores transportation in municipalities, including roads and streets, public transportation, and the role municipalities have in the provision and regulation of rail and air transport.

High Level Bridge across the North Saskatchewan River

High Level Bridge across the North Saskatchewan River. Author: WinterE229 WinterforceMedia. Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

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