By the mid-2020, Edmonton’s bus network will look completely different. Because our city is growing and changing, our bus routes need to keep up. Since the last redesign of the bus network in 1997, Edmontonians’ priorities for the transit system have changed. It’s important the new network reflect these shifts so that they can get to where they want to go quickly, efficiently and safely.
Following the first round of public engagement in spring 2018 for the Bus Network Redesign project, the City’s transit planning team spent the summer reviewing all of the feedback provided by citizens. This included suggestions for alternative routing, adjusting frequency and keeping walking distances under 10 minutes.
After carefully reviewing thousands of comments, the transit planning team was able to make changes and refine the system accordingly. This included making adjustments so that the majority of people will be within a 5-7 minute walk of a transit stop, redrawing routes serving the Castle Downs area, ensuring more direct access between the Callingwood shopping area and communities west of Anthony Henday Drive, maintaining peak-hour service in the Blackburne and Oleskiw communities, and providing more direct service between north Capilano and downtown.
ETS is working on finding a solution for a few communities that will no longer have direct access to regular transit service. Details about these solutions are expected later this fall.
From October 25 until December 9, you are invited to share your perspectives on the changes that were made to the original draft. Thirteen workshops are scheduled around the city and Edmonton Transit planners will be on hand to answer your questions about the final draft routes.
The bus network redesign project is just one of many taking place at ETS. Several major projects will transform how people move, connect and live in Edmonton and the surrounding region in a few years’ time. For example, we’re working on Smart Fare, which is a “tap and go” payment system that lets you pay with a card–you won’t have to worry about having exact change to get on the bus anywhere in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Or you can hop on the new urban style, low-floor Valley Line LRT southeast which will make frequent stops between Mill Woods and downtown.