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In response to the guiding principles in the Transit Strategy, the new Bus Network has a number of different route types that will help meet the various types of travel needs throughout the city.

Final Draft of the Proposed Bus Network

The final draft of the proposed bus network incorporates many of the thousands of comments we received during the public engagement period. ETS also reviewed each route to ensure it could be operated safely and efficiently and made a few minor changes.

Edmonton Transit Strategy Bus Network Redesign

Final Draft Network - November 14, 2019

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Route Types

  1. LRT Network: These routes will provide frequent service at all times. Bus connections will integrate with LRT stations.
  2. Frequent Network: Inner areas of the city (75 Street to 170 Street and Whitemud Drive to 132 Avenue) will have more frequent service with buses coming every 15 minutes or better at most times of the day, seven days per week.
  3. Express Routes: Suburban areas of the city will have express service to downtown and the University of Alberta during rush hour, and these routes will have a fewer number of stops.
  4. Neighbourhood Routes: There will be many local routes that connect people to the LRT, main bus network or local destinations. Suburban communities will also have routes that cross the city with no need to transfer downtown. In many neighbourhoods, service will be extended later into the evening and on weekends.
  5. Community Routes: These routes operate during the midday and connect local neighbourhood destinations, such as shopping centres, medical facilities and large seniors' residences. 

Guiding Principles

The Transit Strategy has some guiding principles, under Pillar 3, Develop a Market-Responsive Approach to Transit Network Design, that influenced the development of the new bus network.

General Principles for Transit Network Design
  • 3.1. Continue to expand the LRT Network
  • 3.2. Create different types of service throughout the city to meet different travel needs
  • 3.3. The frequency of service and operating hours (start and end of service) should reflect demand for service and the characteristics of neighbourhoods
  • 3.4. Implement transit priority measures (for example: transit signal priority, queue jumps, reserved lanes), in congested areas in major roadways, to improve service reliability and operating speeds
  • 3.5. Improve the customer waiting environment at major stops and stations, particularly along high frequency corridors
  • 3.6. Improve pedestrian access to the transit network, particularly to high frequency corridors
Network Design Principles for Inner Areas
  • 3.7. Develop a network of high frequency services in major corridors that operate throughout the day on all days of the week
  • 3.8. Develop a network of local routes, where required, to provide service in proximity to seniors complexes, schools, and local activity centres
  • 3.9. Coordinate network improvements with infill and intensification initiatives in mature neighbourhoods
Network Design Principles for Outer Areas
  • 3.10. Develop a network of LRT, precursor BRT, Rapid Bus, and Crosstown services in suburban areas for travel to downtown, post-secondary institutions, major employment sites, and major shopping/mixed use areas
  • 3.11. Develop a network of local routes and explore options with new mobility services (for example: shared taxi, transportation network companies) to provide local services close to seniors complexes, schools, and local activity centres
  • 3.12. Integrate city-owned Park & Ride facilities, local bus access, and Transit Oriented Development initiatives at LRT stations and major transfer points in the bus network

For More Information

Bus Network Redesign Project


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