Edmonton Transit Service releases updated bus network design

Nov 7 2019, 2:42 pm

Edmonton Transit Service released its updated proposed bus network Thursday, outlining which routes would be added or altered in the current system.

The new design incorporates thousands of comments received during the public engagement period.

According to Edmonton Transit Service, with the bus network redesign, “almost every bus route is new, and routes will be straighter with less overlap. These changes will provide faster, more frequent and efficient service.”

According to the updated bus network, LRT routes will provide frequent service at all times, with bus connections being integrated with LRT stations.

Further, inner areas of the city — such as 75 Street to 170 Street and Whitemud Drive to 132 Avenue — will have more frequent service, with buses coming every 15 minutes or sooner at most times of the day, seven days per week.

Additionally, the updated plan will increase service in outer-area neighbourhoods.

“Suburban areas of the city will have express service to downtown and the University of Alberta during rush hour, with fewer stops along these routes,” says the updated plan.

According to the plan, there will be an increase in local routes that connect people to the LRT, main bus network, or local destinations, with service being extended later into the evening and on weekends in many neighbourhoods.

There will also be an increase in “community routes” that operate midday and connect local neighbourhood destinations, such as shopping centres, medical facilities, and large seniors’ residences.

The new design can be viewed online.

The proposed bus network and new transit service standards will be presented to City Council’s Urban Planning Committee on November 19.