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Council gives green light to proposed transit changes

October 28, 2019 5:50 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

As part of the on-going Transit Network Improvements Project, City Council approved new service design standards as the planning basis for transit service in Red Deer. 

In addition to the new service design standards, the Transit Network Improvements Project outlines a new transit route network, both for the immediate and long-term horizons. Tonight Council also provided approval for administration to move forward with implementation of the immediate route network changes. Administration will now move forward with detailed planning, including related infrastructure changes, 2020 capital budget approvals and additional community outreach, required to implement final route and schedule changes for fall 2020.

“This is a transformational time for transit in Red Deer,” said George Penny, Transit Manager. “The new service design standards will enable us to make long-term sustainable decisions as our community grows in the future. Meanwhile, we’ll soon see changes as we work to implement the new route and service level changes to the network in 2020.”

The Transit Network Improvement Project builds on past work, including the Mobility Playbook and the Multimodal Transportation Plan. The project strives to meet the mandate for transit service in our community set out through that past work in the following areas: quality, comfort, connection, safety and accessibility, and efficiency and effectiveness.

As part of the new network, riders can also expect to see new routes types. The new system structure focusses on providing layers of different service types that work together to serve different levels of ridership and passenger needs:

  • The Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus route becomes the system’s new spine, connecting highest ridership destinations along that corridor and linking to other connecting services at proposed north and south transit hubs, Sorensen Station and other points.
  • Core Routes support Rapid Bus Routes by providing direct service on major roads, making it easier to travel across the city without having to transfer downtown.
  • Neighbourhood Routes offer local service within neighbourhoods connecting to the Rapid Bus and Core Routes at their closest transit hub or other transfer points; may be less direct, but go closer to home for customers less able to walk to a stop.

“These are substantial changes we’re proposing, and it was important that we heard from the community throughout the project,” said George Penny. “We undertook an extensive community engagement process and we talked to citizens and stakeholders across the city to gather valuable feedback. Overall, the community was supportive of these changes, and we’re looking forward to continuing this conversation as we move forward with implementation.”

For more information, please see the attached FAQ (pdf)

For more information, contact:

George Penny
Transit Manager
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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