Red Deer’s new transit system will shift to full service in early October. File photo by ADVOCATE staff

Full service for new transit system begins Oct. 4

COVID-19 measures are still in place on transit buses

The City of Red Deer’s new transit system will shift to full service capacity on Oct. 4.

“We have been eagerly anticipating ramping up to full service. Because of the improved efficiencies of the new route network, the system is now able to deliver enhanced service,” said transit manager George Penny.

“The new system’s full service does not mirror the levels we had before reducing services for COVID 19. We’ll actually be increasing frequency, hours and schedules on the new network to ensure we provide the service required by our riders to move about our community.”

On Aug. 23, Red Deer Transit launched its new routes and schedules at a reduced level of service in response to COVID-19.

The Oct. 4 implementation includes:

  • 15-minute service on the Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus at peak times on weekdays;
  • Earlier morning and later evening service, including early morning service on key rapid bus, core and commuter routes, that starts at 5 a.m. to ensure that Red Deerians across the city can connect to jobs;
  • 30-minute service restored on most routes and times Monday to Saturday, plus targeted reinstatement of 30-minute service on Sundays and holidays on higher ridership routes and times.

Throughout the planning and implementation process, the city engaged the community to ensure it is meeting transit needs, it says.

As a result, new routes and schedules were developed and changes continue to be made, including adjustments to routes 2 (Crosstown), 4 (Glendale-Southeast) and 19 (Edgar Industrial).

Masks are mandatory on all buses and the city is encouraging all riders to follow AHS guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

For more information on the new routes and schedules, visit www.reddeer.ca/cityinmotion.



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