New Service Launches August 23
Red Deer Transit is getting ready to launch new realigned routes this August following public consultation and planning last fall. A new transit network, developed based on public feedback, is set to launch August 23, 2020 and will offer more direct service and improved connections throughout the city.
You can now view the new detailed schedules and route maps and provide feedback on how we can continue to improve the service going forward.
What's being implemented
The new system structure is based on public feedback heard through the Transit Network Improvement project (TNIP) completed in 2019. The new network creates a foundation for further transit improvements by improving the directness of routes and offering new connections between neighbourhoods. It also enables the system to put a higher level of service where it is needed most, such as on Gaetz Avenue.
The route realignment features a new Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus which will run the full length of the Gaetz Avenue corridor, as well as new core routes connecting the highest ridership stops and destinations. Two new transit hubs at Bower Place (along Bennett Street and Gaetz Avenue) and Kingston Drive (west of Gaetz Avenue) will provide connection points in the north and south end, reducing the need for riders to transfer downtown. The new network also offers neighbourhood routes that provide more coverage within residential areas and commuter routes, with continued Action Bus service to meet different passenger needs.
Be Part of the Change
Provide feedback on the new routes and schedules so that we can consider it to further refine the service as full levels ramp up and resume.
Fill out the survey
Access one-on-one help in planning your trip by contacting Transit’s customer information at 403-342-8225 or Transit@reddeer.ca.
What will the new route structure look like?
Rather than operating the same level of service on all routes regardless of ridership—like the current system—the new route structure is made up of layers of different types of routes that work together to serve different needs and ridership levels.
You can view the new Route Overview Map - all regular Transit routes (pdf)
or learn more about the individual routes, their schedules and their maps.
The new route structure has been designed to include the following route types:
- Route 1 Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus offers the highest level of service and runs north-south from one end of the city to the other. It is the new major spine for our network.
- Core Routes (Routes 2, 3 and 4) are as direct as possible, support the Rapid Bus and also provide longer hours of service and better frequency than the Neighbourhood routes. They serve the highest ridership areas and major destinations in the City, including Red Deer College, Red Deer Regional Hospital, and many recreation centres, schools and shopping areas. The new 2 Crosstown which will also now connect the City's north west, north east and south east areas to each other without having to transfer downtown.
- Neighbourhood Routes (Routes 10-16) provide more coverage within neighbourhoods and connect with the 1 Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus and Core routes at Sorensen Station and the new Kingston and Bower Transit Hub. These routes continue to serve many of the existing residential stops as the current system. (Route 12 Gasoline Alley will continue to operate every 30 minutes, but its departure times from the Bower Hub will be adjusted to better connect with the new Red Deer Transit routes.)
- Commuter Routes (Routes 18 and 19) provide service on weekday peak-times-only to the Riverside and Edgar Industrial areas.
A number of routes from the prior system will remain unchanged, as follows:
- School Services: Red Deer Transit will continue to offer service to local school boards. School routes remain the same, but The City will continue working with both school boards to see if they need adjusting based on school district plans for September.
Action Bus will continue to operate throughout the City (and some areas of the County – funded by Red Deer County) to provide door-to-door service for eligible, registered users unable to use the fully accessible fixed route system some or all of the time.