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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.

What’s New

In spring 2018, our transit planners carefully reviewed public feedback and made a number of changes to the proposed bus network. They are currently reviewing fall 2018 public feedback and may make minor changes where warranted before the final draft is presented to City Council for final approval. The final draft of the proposed network will be posted here in early spring 2019.

Edmonton Transit Strategy Bus Network Redesign

Phase 2 Draft Network - October 12, 2018

Types of Draft Routes

  1. LRT: These routes will provide frequent service at all times. Local bus connections will integrate with LRT stations.
  2. Frequent Bus Routes: These routes will run on major corridors in the inner neighbourhoods. They will operate 7 days a week. They will run every 15 minutes or better on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 20 minutes or better during late nights and Sundays.
  3. Rapid Bus Routes: These routes will connect areas where there is no LRT to major destinations. They will provide fast, non-stop or limited stop service between neighbourhoods and major destinations like downtown, the U of A and shopping centres.
  4. Crosstown Routes: These routes will connect major destinations in the outer areas of the city without having to go through downtown or travel on neighbourhood roads. They will operate when there is sufficient demand and will run every 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Local Routes: These routes will be more direct and easier to understand than the current routes. They will provide connections to LRT, Frequent Bus Routes and local activity centres. They will operate on days of the week and times when there is sufficient demand. The new bus network will continue to provide local routes in neighbourhoods, but walking distances to bus stops might be farther.
  6. Community Routes: These routes operate during the midday and connect local neighbourhood destinations, such as shopping centres, medical facilities and large seniors' residences. These routes make use of the smaller buses and come less often than regular routes.


View drafts of the proposed bus network from the spring 2018 public engagement sessions.

All Routes
Frequent Bus Routes
Rapid Bus Routes
Crosstown Bus Routes
Local Bus Routes

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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