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Edmonton’s new bus network launches April 25, 2021 and will connect you to where you need to go on more direct routes.

The new bus network is an important step in modernizing Edmonton’s transit system in preparation for growing our city to two million people. To get ready for this change, there is an interactive route map, bus stop map, route frequency look up tool and individual route maps to see how your travels will change until online trip planning is ready in mid-March.

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Benefits of the new network

  • More frequent bus service
  • More direct routes
  • Better connected in evenings and weekends

New Bus Routes

Learn more about the new bus routes.

New Route Types and Numbering System

Bus Route Descriptions

Frequent and Crosstown Routes (Single and Double-digits)

If the route has one or two numbers, it travels from one quadrant of the city to another. 

Frequent routes are single digit routes that travel on main roads in central areas of the city

These routes come often and are similar to previous routes 1 to 9.


Crosstown routes are double digit routes numbered 50 to 59

They connect transit centres in at least two quadrants of the city, for example West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre and Mill Woods Transit Centre.

Local and Community Routes (Three-digits)

These are routes that operate in one area of the city.

Local and Community routes have three digits.

They refer to different quadrants in the city and roughly align with positions on a clockface.

  • 100 series routes operate in north Edmonton
  • 500 series routes operate in southeast Edmonton
  • 700 series routes operate in southwest Edmonton
  • 900 series routes operate in west Edmonton

Note: Regional routes in St. Albert, Strathcona County, Leduc, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan and Spruce Grove (200s, 400s and 540-589) will continue to use the same numbers.

Routes Ending with a Letter (X, A and B)

Route numbers that end in a letter provide a special type of service.

Rapid (express) routes: 12 express routes will have an X at the end of their route number.

These routes have fewer stops and carry suburban commuters to downtown destinations and the University of Alberta.

Routes with As and Bs: 4 routes have “A” and “B” branches, which take slightly different paths during part of the trip.

Examples:

  • Route 1 travels between downtown and Capilano, but 1A stays on 106 Avenue until 50 Street while 1B travels on 101 Avenue.
  • Routes 509 and 918 have large loops where route "A" travels clockwise through one part of the neighbourhood and route "B" travels counterclockwise through another part of the neighbourhood. This means reduced walking distance to the bus stop for more people.
  • Route 713 normally only travels between Twin Brooks and Century Park but also serves Blackburne in the peak time periods. Route "A" is for morning service to Blackburn and Route "B" is for late afternoon service to Blackburn. 

Check your schedules and the destination sign on the front of the bus to make sure you’re getting on the right one. If it’s not clear to you, ask the bus operator.

Owl Service

Routes that operate until approximately 3am, 7 days a week.

  • Route 2-OWL — Clareview to West Edmonton Mall
  • Route 4 — Lewis Farms to Capilano
  • Route 8 — University to Abbottsfield
  • Route 9-OWL — Eaux Claires to Century Park
  • Route 510X — Downtown to Mill Woods
School Special Routes

There are 44 school special routes that are numbered in the 600s and only operate during school days.

All ETS customers can ride these buses, but make sure you check the schedules first so you know where it goes. Many schools are also served by regular ETS routes and there are extra trips on some local routes to accommodate a particular school. 

Bus Route Frequency Lookup


New Route Map (Interactive)

Approved version of the Bus Routes 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.

Bus Stop Map (Interactive)

View the interactive map to see where bus stops are located in the new network starting April 25. This includes stops where the routes are changing, as well as new and closing bus stops.

System Maps

New Bus Routes

Learn more about the new bus routes.

On Demand Transit

On Demand Transit will complement regular bus service so more Edmontonians can get to where they need to go conveniently and safely.

New Bus Stop Signs

To support the new bus network redesign, every bus stop will be getting a new sign.

School Special Bus Routes

In the new bus network, many schools will be served by regular ETS routes. There will also be extra trips on some routes that are timed for students.

Project Timelines

Early 2021

  • New schedules and online trip planning available by mid-March to help you plan your trips before the new routes are launched
  • Public outreach to help you get ready for the 1st day of the new routes
  • Day 1 map will include known long-term detours due to construction projects including Valley Line Southeast

April 25, 2021

  • First day for the new network
  • City staff available on site to help you learn the new network

Late summer 2021

  • Public outreach to help post-secondary students get familiar with the new routes before going back to school

Project Updates

Stay informed on the latest project information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

How are the new routes planned?

Routes were planned based on:

  • The principles in Edmontonians’ Transit Strategy
  • Public feedback
  • 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.

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.

When will bus shelters be moved and will my bus stop get a shelter?

We will not be putting shelters at new locations for at least a year after the bus network launch. This will allow us time to remove existing shelters from closed or low use locations, as well as determine which are the higher use stops that need one. More than 450 shelters will be moved, so this will take 2-3 years to complete.

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.

For More Information

Bus Network Redesign Project

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

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

TTY 780-944-5555

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