To support a vibrant and safe city, ETS is committed to delivering a service that connects Edmontonians to the places they need and want to go through safe, reliable and convenient transit service.
Five times each year, ETS reviews rider feedback, schedules, service levels and routes to ensure we’re providing the right amount of service at the right time. Some of the adjustments riders will start seeing in September include the resumption of school routes and trips and increased frequency on many regular bus routes during AM/PM peaks. ETS will also be increasing off-peak bus service hours by 500 hours per week in September to improve equitable access to transit service for Edmontonians.
Three new school routes have been added for Dr. Anne Anderson (664, 668), Jasper Place (677) and St. Francis Xavier (677). Four school routes have also been expanded for Dr. Anne Anderson (665), Archbishop MacDonald (681), H.E. Beriault (674) and Austin O’Brien (633).
A variety of school special routes will also see an earlier start to their PM peaks to accommodate student ridership.
Other Service Adjustments
Route 31 - ETS is pleased to provide riders with a new bus route, using a dedicated lane, that will provide express service from the University to the Leger Transit Centre on Terwillegar Drive.
This route will initially operate on weekdays, excluding statutory holidays. Additional time periods will be explored in the future.
Route 110X - Stops have been added northbound and southbound at 107 Avenue and 109 Street.
Route 140X will service all stops on 127 Street between 118 Avenue and 148 Avenue.
Route 500X will begin two-way service between Downtown (MacEwan) and Meadows, including mid-day service, and will have minor downtown routing changes.
Trips will now start and end at 103 Avenue and 106 Street WB (#11382)
Route 701 will have a permanent route change starting travelling directly north and south on 106 Street between 51 Avenue and 56 Avenue starting early November. New bus stops will be established on 106 Street between 51 Avenue and 56 Avenue.
Route 722 will be removed from Blackmud Creek and be re-routed to James Mowatt Trail and Rutherford Road. Service in this neighbourhood will be replaced with On Demand Transit that will have improved coverage due to additional bus stops within the neighbourhood.
Alternative nearby service is also provided by Route 521 along Ellerslie Road and by Route 722 along James Mowatt Trail.
Route 724 will now travel counterclockwise when travelling through Brander Gardens, instead of clockwise. This is a one-year pilot project for all traffic with the goal of increasing pedestrian safety around Tempo and Brander Gardens Schools.
Route 724 will have temporary stops on 148 Street northbound between 56 Avenue and Riverbend Road.
Route 920X will operate express service between West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre and 82 Avenue (U of A campus).
Strathcona County Transit Route 411 will add stops in Cloverdale at 98 Avenue and 96A Streets (#2242 & #2127) to service Cloverdale residents and provide future connections to the Valley Line LRT Southeast at Muttart Station.
On Demand Transit
Blackmud Creek will be adding On Demand service and Route 722 is rerouted to James Mowatt Trail and Rutherford Road. Blackmud Creek residents have the option of taking Routes 722 or 521, or On Demand Transit to Century Park Centre.
Portions of Maple, Tamarack, and Aster will have On Demand transit added with Meadows Transit Centre as a hub.
Latta Bridge construction is on track to be completed in late October. This will see Route 2 (WEM), Route 2-Owl (WEM), and Route 101 (Abbotsfield) return to East Stadium Transit Centre at Bay F (#1407). Route 2-Owl (Clareview) will also return to Bay G (#1408) at East Stadium Transit Centre. With construction complete, Route 998 (Stadium Shuttle) will be cancelled.
Summer Streets is scheduled to go until November 5, 2023 (weather permitting). When that is done, Routes 701 (Kingsway RAH) and 726 (University) will return to 104 Street / Calgary Trail.
Due to renewal work on 132 Avenue, Routes 106, 150X and School Specials will continue to detour until the renewal work is complete in late October.
Route 5 will return to two-directional service on 124 Street and 114 Avenue when 124 Street renewal work is completed in late October.
Other Key Transit Updates
Route 56 was expanded to the Meadows Transit Centre and Meadows Community Recreation Centre. This extension adds a direct connection to the LRT and West Edmonton Mall for residents between Mill Woods and the Meadows Transit Centre. On weekdays, the route runs during peak times, midday and early evening. On the weekends, it runs only during midday hours.
Route 727 is a newer route that provides service between Chappelle and Century Park during peak weekday hours. It changes into Route 700X at Heritage Valley Transit Centre, providing a transfer-free trip to and from Century Park.
On Demand Transit service for seniors has been extended, moving from 9am-4pm to 7am-7pm. This five-hour service extension significantly increases flexibility for seniors and directly addresses their feedback.