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Our transit planning team carefully reviewed thousands of Edmontonians’ comments about the proposed new bus network. In summer 2018, the planners used this feedback to make adjustments to about 20 percent of the proposed bus routes.

How Changes Were Decided

Before changes were made to the new network, they were evaluated against Transit Strategy guiding principles, potential number of riders, benefit to the most Edmontonians, connection to important neighbourhood destinations, and impact to overall budget.

Transit Strategy guiding principles include:

  • Improve frequency during off peak hours in inner neighbourhoods
  • Focus on peak hour service in outer neighbourhoods
  • Make local service more direct and easier to understand
  • Minimize travel times when on board transit
  • Improve frequency of service by allowing for more transfers and longer walking distances in some areas
  • Integrate bus and LRT service
Levels of Service

Each year, ETS moves some service from underused routes and trips to better serve higher demand routes. Using set standards, we look at neighbourhood population, current number of riders and potential for future riders. By improving the reliability or frequency of service on higher used routes, ETS expects to attract more riders overall.

Neighbourhood Destinations

The new network is based on connecting more people with popular neighbourhood destinations. 

Efficiency and Budget

Improve efficiency of the existing service using the existing budget and available service hours.

Walking Distances

Where warranted, we adjusted routes to reduce walking distances in many communities. In most cases, Edmontonians will need to walk 5 to 7 minutes to get to the nearest transit stop. The walking distance map shows the increase in walking distance compared to what you residents are walking to get to a transit stop today.

Examples of Significant Changes

Direct link connecting Fulton Place and Gold Bar communities to Downtown (bold red route).

Direct north-south link between Bonnie Doon Mall and Capilano Transit Centre via Holyrood, Forest Heights, Capilano, Fulton Place and Gold Bar (bold blue route).

Based on feedback from residents and a review of the number of transit users, we are maintaining a route into the Blackburne neighbourhood during peak periods to connect with the Century Park Transit Centre. See the bold blue route.
 

Based on public feedback, we extended a local route from Downtown to Kingsway Transit Centre via 97 Street, which provides more frequent service to the Chinatown area. See the bold blue route.

Based on public feedback, we completely revamped bus routes in the Castle Downs area, which now include better connections to the Castle Downs Town Centre. See the blue, gold and purple routes.

Based on public feedback, we added two new routes connecting West Edmonton Mall with the Donsdale and Oleskiw neighbourhoods. See the bolded blue routes. 

These are only a few examples of the many changes we made to the final bus network.

We encourage you to view the detailed maps online and attend one of our family-friendly drop-in workshops to discuss specific changes with our knowledgeable transit planning team.

Take this last chance to tell us how we did. 
 

For More Information

Bus Network Redesign Project

Telephone

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

TTY 780-944-5555
Email newbusroutes@edmonton.ca

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