Alberta. Department of Transportation and Utilities

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Alberta. Department of Transportation and Utilities

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<em>Dates of founding and/or dissolution: </em>The Department of Transportation and Utilities was established under the name Department of Transportation in 1975 by means of the passage and proclamation of <em>The Department of Transportation Act, </em> (S.A. 1975, c.17). In 1994, the <em>Government Organization Act</em> repealed the <em>Department of Transportation and Utilities Act. </em> The Department of Transportation and Utilities was re-established at that time by Order in Council 785/94 under the <em>Government Organization Act. </em> The Department was dissolved in 1999. <em>Functional responsibility: </em>At the time of its founding, the Department's principal responsibility was the administration of highways, airports and railways. The Department's duties included the construction, maintenance, policy development, planning, surveys and property administration of highways, airports and railways. The Department was also responsible for the creation and administration of transportation safety programs, as outlined in the Act. In 1986, the Department's responsibilities were expanded to include administration of utilities. The <em>Department of Transportation Amendment Act, 1986</em> (S.A. 1986, c.15) changed the name of the Department of Transportation to the Department of Transportation and Utilities to reflect the acquisition of these responsibilities. The Department became responsible for the implementation or programs and policies related to the capital construction of rural gas systems, municipal water supply and sewage treatment facilities, and farm water transmission systems. Under the <em>Designation and Transfer of Responsibility Regulation</em> (A.R. 398/94) the Minister of Transportation and Utilities was designated responsibility for Schedule 14 of the <em>Government Organization Act. </em>;<em>Predecessor and successor bodies: </em>The immediate predecessor of the Department of Transportation and Utilities was the Department of Highways and Transport. In 1999, the Department's functions became one of the principal components of the new Ministry of Infrastructure. The Highways Branch first appears in the Department's annual report for the year 1914. The Highways Branch amalgamated the functions of constructing, operating and maintaining bridges, ferries, ordinary roads and truck roads. In 1918 the Minister of Public Works would assume responsibility for <em>The Public Highways Act </em> (S.A. 1918 c. 14). The Act provided for a system of highways within the Province of Alberta. The functions of the Highways Branch and the Surveys Branch of the Department of Public Works were assumed by the newly created Department of Highways by 1951. The Department of Highway and Transport began as the Department of Highways with the proclamation of <em>The Highways Department Act </em>( S.A.1951 c. 39). The establishment of the Department of Highways followed the 1950 agreement between the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada for the construction of The Trans-Canada Highway. The Highways Department was charged with the construction, maintenance, repair and making of main highways and of other highways to the extent set out in <em>The Public Highways Act</em> (S.A. 1951 c. 67) and to administer such Acts and perform such functions as may be assigned by an Act of the Legislature or by order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council. In 1969 <em>The Highways Department Act</em> was amended by <em>An Act to amend The Department of Highways Act</em> (S.A. 1969 c. 47).The Act changed the name of the Department to the Department of Highways and Transport. The functions within the Department remained unchanged until 1975. <em>Administrative relationships: </em>The Department of Transportation and Utilities reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Minister of Transportation and Utilities. A number of semi-independent agencies reported to the Minister or through him to the Legislative Assembly. These agencies included the Alberta Motor Transport Board (1975-99), Alberta Resources Railway (1975-98), and the Driver Control Board (1996-99). <em>Administrative structure: </em>At its inception the Department of Transportation had three divisions: the Policy Development Division, the Administration Division, and the Construction Division. In 1977 the Department underwent decentralization and the Province was divided into six regions. The new regional organization combined the staff of the Maintenance Branch and the project management staff of the Construction Branch. The division of Regional Transportation Services was created to coordinate province-wide services. Regional Transportation Services was responsible for the following programs: regional administration; construction of campsites and rest area; construction of secondary roads; reconstruction of roads in improvement districts; grants to counties and municipal districts; grants to special areas; design and construction of provincially-owned airport facilities; design and construction of community airport facilities; maintenance administration; maintenance of primary highways; maintenance of roads in improvement districts; maintenance and operation of ferries; maintenance and operation of forestry airports; maintenance and operation of provincial airports; air transportation policy. In 1978 the municipal bridge program, Property Services Branch and the Town and Village Streets Assistance Program was decentralized and responsibility for these program transferred to Regional Transportation Services. A regional safety program was established in 1980 making regional safety officers responsible for all occupational health and safety activities and for construction zone safety, in their regions. The Department underwent further reorganization in 1980. The Alberta Motor Transport Board became its own division. The Construction Division merged with the engineering function to form the Engineering Division. The planning function remaining in the Transportation Planning and Services Division formed the Program Planning Division. The Program Planning Division took on new responsibilities in 1982 and was renamed the Urban Transportation and Planning Division. In 1982 the Transportation Safety Branch became independent of the Engineering Division. In 1983 the Public Communications Branch was added to the Department. In 1987 the Department was reorganized to accommodate the addition of new functions related to utilities. The Department of Transportation and Utilities consist of: Administration Division; Engineering Division; Regional Transportation Division; Urban Transportation and Planning Division; Alberta Motor Transport Board; Motor Transport Services; Utilities Development Division; Utilities Planning and Support; and Public Communications. In 1988 the Department was reorganized once more to consist of five divisions, the Alberta Motor Transport Board and Public Communications. By 1997 the Department maintain four divisions: the Finance and Administration Division; Planning, Programming and Technical Services Division; Regional Services Division; Traffic Safety Services Division. <em>Names of the corporate bodies: </em>The name of the Department changed in 1986 from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Transportation and Utilities. The Department was also referred to as Alberta Transportation in annual reports. <em>Names of chief officers: </em>Ministers of the Department of Transportation;Hugh M. Horner* 1975-1979, Henry Kroeger 1979-1982, Marvin E. Moore 1982-1986;Ministers of the Department of Transportation and Utilities;James A. Adair 1986-1992, Peter Trynchy 1992-1994, Stephen C. West 1994-1996, Robert A. Fischer 1996-1997, Walter Paszkowski 1997-1999

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