The Municipal Transit Services is announcing improvements made ahead of the school year.
They’ve improved routes for high schools and junior schools including service to Abasand, Beacon Hill and Grayling Terrace.
While some routes are being eliminated, reduced or combined with other routes to provide a more effective service and create a better transit system for all residents.
“The future of transit is based on ridership,” said Robert Kirby, Director of Transit Services. “Our goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit for all residents, and with the changes we made in July, we’re already seeing an increase in ridership. We’re extremely proud of our service and we intend to review our system on an ongoing basis, making adjustments based on ridership and feedback from residents.”
Here is the complete list of all changes being down to scheduling, routes and stops:
- Improved high school and junior high school service to help students get to school more efficiently and safely, which includes service to Abasand, Beacon Hill and Grayling Terrace.
- Increased service to every half hour along Routes 1 and 2 during peak hours – approximately 7 – 9 a.m., and 4 – 6 p.m.
- Re-scheduling of Routes 10 and 11 to provide service from downtown to Gregoire every 15 minutes.
- Updated routing for the Airport Shuttle, Route 11, which will now terminate at Taiga Nova to provide an increased hotel service.
- The Airport Shuttle service is now scheduled for every thirty minutes from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week from the Main-and-Franklin terminal.
- The Airport Shuttle will connect with Route 15 and 16 downtown, while taking residents to and from Thickwood and Timberlea providing one transfer.
- Updated stops along the new transit routes connecting Timberlea, Route 15, and Thickwood, Route 16. Both routes start and end at the Main-and-Franklin terminal and run every thirty minutes, from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week.
- Specific community routes will now be offered ever hour, with some routes ending at 11 p.m.
Transit Services is also asking for more feedback from residents as they will keep using the information gathered to update their services.
Printed booklets will not show the updated routes and improvements, anyone interested in viewing all routes, schedules and stops should visit rmwb.ca/transit.
Residents are also being reminded to observe traffic rules when crossing the street and use crosswalks and sidewalks to get to your bus stop safely, a message being echoed by Bylaw services and the Wood Buffalo RCMP.