Benefits of the new network
- More frequent bus service
- More direct routes
- Better connected in evenings and weekends
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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.
The new network features different route types to meet different needs:
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
Routes, which are express routes, have limited stops that quickly connect suburbs with downtown destinations
Routes will connect key destinations without going through downtown
Routes will connect neighbourhoods to local destinations and other routes
Routes will connect seniors’ residences with nearby services
Installation of new bus stop signs that provide more information begins.
April 25, 2021
Late summer 2021
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.
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.
Routes were planned based on:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Approved the Bus Network Redesign and the Transit Service Policy
On Demand Transit service two-year pilot project approved by City Council
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
The public engagement period for the bus network redesign and On Demand Transit (alternative transit) projects have concluded.