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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.

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Benefits of the new network

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

The New Route Types

The new network features different route types to meet different needs:

Frequent
Routes will have buses that come every 15 minutes or better, 7 days a week at most times of the day and most days of the week

Rapid
Routes, which are express routes, have limited stops that quickly connect suburbs with downtown destinations

Crosstown
Routes will connect key destinations without going through downtown

Local
Routes will connect neighbourhoods to local destinations and other routes

Community
Routes will connect seniors’ residences with nearby services

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.

New Bus Stop Signs

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

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.

Project Timelines

October 2020
Installation of new bus stop signs that provide more information begins.

Early 2021

  • New schedules and online trip planning available 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.

I live on a road that won’t have service in the new network. What is happening to the bus shelter at my stop?

Shelters at bus stops that will no longer have service after the new network is launched will be gradually removed and relocated to active bus stops.

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.

Background

In 2015, we started talking to Edmontonians about what they wanted in a transit system. A new approach was needed, based on a community conversation about the role of transit in our city. These conversations resulted in the development of the Transit Strategy.

We heard from more than 20,000 Edmontonians. We spoke with all sorts of people - motorists and transit riders, young children and seniors, suburbanites and urban dwellers, indigenous Edmontonians, people with disabilities, and many others.

What we heard from Edmontonians directly informed the development of the Transit Strategy and now the bus network redesign. The elements of the Strategy - Values, Pillars, Guiding Principles, and Actions - guide how we deliver transit service and how we invest in transit over the next 10 years.

In spring 2018, we released the first draft of the new bus network for public feedback, which guided us as we refined the network. As a result of citizen feedback, we made changes to about 20 per cent of the first draft.

In fall 2018, we released the second draft to check in with citizens to make sure we heard them. The final network is very similar to this second draft, with minor changes made to accommodate operational needs.

In 2019, we continued to explore on-demand transit options with citizens as a possible new layer of service in our integrated transit network.

Our What We Heard reports from each phase of public engagement are available for review.

In September 2020, the City of Edmonton announced a partnership with Pacific Western Transportation and Via Transportation to deliver the On Demand Transit pilot project.

Council Decisions

July 11, 2017
  • Approved beginning work for the Bus Network Redesign project
  • Approved the Transit Strategy that reflects the priorities of Edmontonians and will modernize Edmonton’s transit system over the coming years
November 26, 2019
  • Approved the Bus Network Redesign and the Transit Service Policy

March 11, 2020
  • On Demand Transit service two-year pilot project approved by City Council

April 27, 2020
  • Implementation of the new bus network and On Demand Transit postponed to mid-2021 to focus on the City of Edmonton's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and allow customers enough time to prepare for the changes

 

Public Engagement History

The public engagement period for the bus network redesign and On Demand Transit (alternative transit) projects have concluded.

For More Information

Bus Network Redesign Project

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

TTY 780-944-5555

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