The Transit Network Improvements Project is about determining where and how transit is delivered and routed to best meet the needs of Red Deerians and transit riders in our region as it grows and changes.
The Transit Network Improvements project has already delivered a number of initiatives supporting the development of Red Deer’s transit network now and for the future. The following are some of the key highlights:
- The development of an overarching Transit Network Improvements Strategy to guide future transit system evolution. Undertaken from March – October 2019, the Strategy recommendations were developed and refined with the participation of front-line transit staff, passengers, residents and stakeholders. The recommendations were presented to the City of Red Deer Council and approved on October 28, 2019. They include updated transit service standards, a new bus route network and service plan, a Transit Operating and Capital Work Plan and priorities for developing a rapid bus corridor on Gaetz Avenue and coordinating regional connections.
- The immediate implementation of a completely restructured transit network in fall 2020. Based on Council’s October 2019 approval to move forward with implementation—and working around a March 2020 reduction in service levels due to COVID-19—the project team undertook detailed service planning, communications and further engagement from December 2019 to October 2020. Working within existing system operating budgets, the team implemented the completely restructured network at the lower COVID-19 levels on August 23, 2020 and then at full levels on October 4, 2020.
- Right-Sizing Fleet Strategy Implementation. In early 2021 the City purchased and implemented five smaller vehicles (9.1m / 30 foot low floor vehicles) for use on Neighbourhood routes. This purchase was made possible through transit funding programs from federal and provincial levels of government and are enabled through the new route structure implemented in the fall.
- Continued service adjustments to meet COVID-19 travel patterns. Further adjustments have been made to the system in January 2021 and going forward to make sure that it is meeting changing ridership patterns as effectively as possible.