Rather than “one size fits all,” the new route structure tries to better match service with ridership levels. This means that routes serving higher ridership stops and destinations operate longer and have more frequency than others serving lower density areas with less ridership.
As of October 4, service levels and their rationale are as follows:
- As the major spine of the network, the 1 Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus has the most service, including 15-minute service at peak times on weekdays and 30-minute service all other times, including on Sundays and Holidays.
- As the other major routes in the system, Core Routes 2, 3 and 4 (as well as the Route 12 Gasoline Alley) also provide 30-minute service all day, including on Sundays and Holidays.
- Since the Rapid Bus and Core routes now serve as the main framework for Red Deer’s Transit System, through the changes we’ve also been able to extend how long they operate.
- On weekdays these routes all start at 5:00 a.m. (along with the 18 Riverside Industrial) to provide access to jobs across the City.
- Monday to Saturday these routes operate until after 11:15 p.m.
- Sundays and Holidays these routes also offer extended evening service until after 9:15 p.m.
- As of October 4, all Neighbourhood routes will have 30-minute service at peak times, start by 6:15 a.m. on weekdays and run until at least after 9:15 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
- Neighbourhood routes that also have higher ridership and which have less overlap with the Core routes also have greater frequency and longer hours of service added as of October 4.
- These higher ridership Neighbourhood Routes include the 10 Rosedale, 11 Anders – Vanier Woods and 16 Oriole Park.
- These routes will operate at 30-minute service all day Monday to Saturday until 6:45pm and then provide hourly service until at least 10:45 p.m.
- Through the changes, we’ve also been able to reinstate 30-minute service on these routes on Sundays and Holidays between approximately 11:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
- Since the Neighbourhood routes 13 West Park – College – Bower and the 15 Pines – Normandeau have lower ridership and serve areas that also have nearby access to Core routes as well, they retain hourly service during non-commuting times.
The above frequencies and hours of service are designed to best match service to demand within existing budgets. As ridership patterns change and service moves forward, further improvements to frequencies and hours of service are planned, pending budget availability.