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Edmonton Transit bus routes are changing August 30, 2020.

All routes in the bus network are new and have new route numbers. Detailed information about the new routes, including route maps, schedules and online trip planning will be available by summer 2020.

Edmonton’s new bus network will connect you to where you need to go on more direct routes. The benefits of the new network are:

  • More frequent bus service
  • Expanded service into evenings and weekends
  • Straighter routes with more direct service

Edmonton last redesigned its bus network in the late 1990s and our community has changed a lot since then. The new bus network is an important step in modernizing Edmonton’s transit system in preparation for growing our city to 2 million people.

Project Timelines

Spring 2020: Installation of new bus stop signs that provide more information begins

Summer 2020: New schedules and online trip planning available to help you plan your trips before the new routes are launched

Summer 2020: Public outreach to help you get ready for the 1st day of the new routes

August 30, 2020: First day for the new network. City staff available at transit centres to help you learn the new network

The New Route Types

The new network features different route types to meet different needs:

  • Frequent routes will have buses that come every 15 minutes or better, 7 days a week at most times of the day and most days of the week
  • Rapid routes, which are express routes, have limited stops that quickly connect suburbs with downtown destinations
  • Crosstown routes will connect key destinations without going through downtown
  • Local routes will connect neighbourhoods to local destinations and other routes
  • Community routes will connect seniors’ residences with nearby services

Interactive Map

The approved version of the map is subject to change based on the status of construction projects and unplanned road closures around the city closer to the bus network launch date on August 30. We are preparing a Day 1 map, which will include known detours because of long term projects, such as Valley Line Southeast construction and Groat Road bridge rehabilitation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions the City has received about the proposed new bus routes and the bus network redesign project.

Are the new bus routes final?

Yes. City Council approved the new bus network on November 26, 2019. The new routes will be reviewed after one to two years to ensure they are working as intended and meeting customers' needs.

When will the new bus network launch?

The new bus network is scheduled to roll out August 30, 2020. Bus schedules and online trip planning will be available by summer 2020.

When will the new maps and bus route schedules be ready?

Maps and route schedules, as well as online trip planning, for the new bus routes will be available by summer 2020.

I live on a road that won’t have service in the new network. What is happening to the bus shelter at my stop?

Shelters at bus stops that will no longer have service after August 30 will be gradually removed and relocated to active bus stops. This relocation will begin in spring 2020, with all shelters being removed by early fall.

Can I still provide feedback about the new bus routes?

Public engagement for the design of the new bus network ended in December 2018. The What We Heard and Did Report, which summarizes public feedback, can be found on the public engagement page.

I currently have direct bus service to work, school or shopping. Why do I need to transfer with the new routes?

The new bus network is designed to move residents across the city more efficiently. Wait times are anticipated to be shorter when transferring into the frequent network.

How will the new bus network be better?

Almost every bus route is new, and routes are straighter with less overlap. These changes will provide more direct, more frequent and efficient service. Residents in central areas of the city can expect to see an increase in service throughout the day, while those in suburban areas will see an increase in service during peak times for commuters.

What is alternative transit (first kilometre/last kilometre)?

Alternative transit (first kilometre/last kilometre) refers to on demand transit service in neighbourhoods that are difficult to serve, have walking distances greater than 600 metres to the nearest bus stop and where ridership is better served by a smaller vehicle on an on-demand basis rather than running a normal sized 30 or 40 foot bus. If ridership exceeds the capability to keep providing on-demand service for those neigbourhoods, a regular fixed route service could be introduced. This alternative service delivery model can introduce transit service into newer communities much faster than the introduction of regular fixed route service.

How are the new routes planned?

Routes were planned based on the principles in Edmontonians’ Transit Strategy, public feedback and historical data about transit use. Many routes were straightened and some duplicate routes were combined. This increase in efficiency means ETS can provide better service overall across the network through more frequent buses and expanded service on evenings and weekends.

What is ETS' plan for bus service until the Valley Line Southeast opens?

Express buses will travel frequently along a route that closely matches the Valley Line Southeast path and will stop at existing transit centres (Millgate and Mill Woods) until the new transit centres (Davies and a new transit centre at Mill Woods) are open. Routes that serve the new transit centres and LRT stops will be altered slightly until the Valley Line is open.

Background

In 2015, we started talking to Edmontonians about what they wanted in a transit system. A new approach was needed, based on a community conversation about the role of transit in our city. These conversations resulted in the development of the Transit Strategy.

We heard from more than 20,000 Edmontonians. We spoke with all sorts of people - motorists and transit riders, young children and seniors, suburbanites and urban dwellers, indigenous Edmontonians, people with disabilities, and many others.

What we heard from Edmontonians directly informed the development of the Transit Strategy and now the bus network redesign. The elements of the Strategy - Values, Pillars, Guiding Principles, and Actions - guide how we deliver transit service and how we invest in transit over the next 10 years.

In spring 2018, we released the first draft of the new bus network for public feedback, which guided us as we refined the network. As a result of citizen feedback, we made changes to about 20 per cent of the first draft.

In fall 2019, we released the second draft to check in with citizens to make sure we heard them. The final network is very similar to this second draft, with minor changes made to accomodate operational needs.

In 2020, we continued to explore alternative transit (first kilometre/last kilometre) options as a possible new layer of service in our integrated transit network.

Our What We Heard reports from each phase of public engagement are available for review.

Council Decisions

July 11, 2017
  • Approved beginning work for the Bus Network Redesign project
  • Approved the Transit Strategy that reflects the priorities of Edmontonians and will modernize Edmonton’s transit system over the coming years
November 26, 2019
  • Approved the Bus Network Redesign and the Transit Service Policy

For More Information

Bus Network Redesign Project

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Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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