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Have your say on proposed transit changes

September 4, 2019 11:09 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Starting today, citizens can provide feedback on proposed changes to transit services in Red Deer. Red Deerians are invited to view and provide comments on substantial changes being considered for Red Deer Transit’s routes, services and infrastructure via an online survey or through one of several upcoming open houses. 

“We’ve been listening to feedback from our existing customers and the larger community on how to make our transit system even better,” said George Penny, Transit Manager. “Based on their ideas, we’ve developed draft proposals that make routes more direct and frequent and which improve the customer experience at stops and connection points. Now we need residents to have a look at what’s proposed, let us know whether it will work for their needs and how we should refine the ideas further.”

The draft proposals are an outcome of the Transit Network Improvements project, which builds from The City’s Multimodal Transportation Plan and has been comprehensively considering how to improve Red Deer’s transit services. The draft proposals are based on analysis, best practices, and feedback heard when The City has been out meeting with transit staff, customers and citizens this spring and summer.

In addition to longer term plans for the system that show how routes could be restructured and service and infrastructure added to meet Red Deer’s future growth, the draft proposals also show how Red Deer Transit’s existing services and vehicles could be immediately reinvested to offer more direct and frequent service. This includes the introduction of a new Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus route that would operate the length of that corridor and provide service every 15 minutes at peak times, as well as improved Sunday service.

“Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the proposed new system structure uses different types of routes to better meet passenger needs,” said Penny. The Gaetz Avenue Rapid Bus and new Core routes are proposed to offer direct, higher frequency connections between major areas of the city that reduce the need to transfer downtown. At the same time, connecting Neighbourhood routes offer service that may be slightly less direct but which go closer to home for customers less able to walk to a stop on a major road.

“There are many trade-offs we’ve been working through,” said Penny. “It’s very important that we hear from residents on whether we’ve hit the right balance and how we could further improve the draft plans before we finalize them and present them to Council later this year.”

The online survey will be open from now until September 24, 2019 at reddeer.ca/improvingtransit. Residents can also view the ideas and speak with the project team at the following open houses. 

DateTimeLocationAddress
Wednesday, September 11 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Forum at Red Deer College 100 College Blvd
Wednesday, September 11 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sorensen Station 4830 48 St
Thursday, September 12 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Collicutt Centre at West Entrance 3031 30 Ave
Thursday, September 12 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sobeys South 2110 50 Ave
Friday, September 13 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Golden Circle 4620 47A Ave
Friday, September 13 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Parkland Mall at Entrance 1 6389 50 Ave
Friday, September 13 7 p.m. Game Start Red Deer Rebels Pre-Season Game at the Centrium at Westerner Park 4847A 19 St
Saturday, September 14 8 am - 12:30 p.m. Red Deer Market at Servus Arena 4725 43 St D

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

For more information, contact:

George Penny
Transit Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8228

 

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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