Two more routes added to Alberta's Rural Transportation Pilot Project

Jul 25 2018, 9:54 pm

Two additional projects have been added on to Alberta’s Rural Transportation Pilot Project, which aims to take on the responsibilities that will be left behind by Greyhound’s cancelled bus services.

The project has already invested $1.4 million in four separate initiatives throughout the province, and it was announced in a release today that another $1.4 million will be going towards transportation projects in Alberta’s rural communities.

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Already funded were projects in the City of Camrose, Grand Prairie County, and the municipality of Spirit River, and now another $700,000 each will go towards a shuttle between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and a new bus route in Red Deer County.

“Our government knows viable rural transit is what connects many Albertans to work, school, vital health care, family and friends. That’s why our Rural Transportation Pilot Project is so important,” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said in the release.

“We’ve worked closely with regional governments to get this investment right, and I am so pleased to announce these new transit options to connect Albertans across our province.”

The new additions are expected to serve over 200,000 people within the two regions by connecting mid-sized urban centres to the surrounding communities.

The Red Deer bus will be stopping in the City of Red Deer, Springbrook, Penhold, and Innisfail, while the Medicine Hat/Lethbridge shuttle will also serve Redcliff, Seven Persons, Bow Island, Burdett, Grassy Lake, Purple Springs, Taber, Barnwell, Cranford, and Coaldale.

“Members of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta and our neighbouring communities who are eligible for this program are happy to hear that the Government of Alberta is putting dollars to these pilot programs that may work to find a solution to support our public transportation needs,” said Rural Municipalities of Alberta President Al Kemmere in the release.

“Especially given the recent announcement made by Greyhound, more now than ever, our communities need access to transit options to connect them with education, health care, jobs and families.”