On July 5, 2016, Airdrie City Council endorsed the Transit Master Plan. The Transit Master Plan provides the City with a short and long-term plan for the future of transit services. The initial recommendations in the Transit Master Plan will be implemented on September 5, 2017.
The new Transit Master Plan, developed with external experts and community engagement with transit customers, resulted in route and service changes, including the creation of a new service called OnDemand Transit. This new local service is intended to provide 100% community coverage effective September 5, 2017. In addition, changes will be made the following services:
Replacement of Dial-A-Bus (effective September 5, 2017)
The existing Dial-A-Bus service will be replaced by fixed route service and OnDemand Transit (below). The fixed route will operate on two routes operating every 60 minutes on weekdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. OnDemand service will also be available during these times.
Local Transit (effective September 5, 2017)
The existing local service (three routes) will be replaced by a new two route service (Route 1 & Route 3). In addition, two route service will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and then every 60 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays every 60 minutes between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Route 1 will operate in a counter clockwise direction along major arterial roads including:
Yankee Valley Blvd
East Lake Blvd
Route 3 will operate in a clockwise direction along major arterial roads including:
Yankee Valley Blvd
East Lake Blvd
Transit On Demand (effective September 5, 2017)
Customers living more than a 450m walk to a transit stop will have the ability to use a new service called Airdrie Transit On Demand. An On Demand driver will pick them up and take them to one of seven designated On Demand Transfer points (listed below), where they can continue on their journey using their monthly pass or a transfer. The On Demand service will extend to all urban areas of Airdrie, including communities such as Hillcrest, Ravenswood and Bay Springs which currently have no public transit options.
On Demand transfer points include:
1. Westbound at Gateway Drive at Superstore
2. Genesis Place
3. Eastbound at Kings Heights Blvd at Kingsland Close
4. South Transit Terminal
5. Southbound at Chinook Winds Drive at Chinook Winds Place
6. Southbound 8 st at Canoe Drive
7. Southbound Main Street at Safeway
Route 900 (effective September 5, 2017)
Route 900 will now provide local service along Main Street in Airdrie from the South Terminal to Gateway Drive operating every 60 minutes (previously every 75 minutes) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. When travelling to Calgary, Route 900 will now stop at Southbound 36 Street at 26 Avenue (Peter Lougheed Centre) and the Rundle LRT Station where users are able to connect to Calgary Transit services. This route will no longer stop at McKnight-Westwinds LRT Station. This route will continue to provide service to CrossIron Mills from both Airdrie and northeast Calgary.
Route 901/902 (effective September 5, 2017)
Route 901/902 will now include 7 trips per day (previously only five trips) and will provide direct service to and from Airdrie and Calgary via Deerfoot Trail/Highway 2. This route will no longer run along Centre Street in Calgary or provide morning service from McKnight-Westwinds LRT.
ACCESS Airdrie (effective September 5, 2017)
The introduction of OnDemand Transit will provide more capacity to book ACCESS Airdrie trips. This will result in fewer unaccommodated trips and more trips available during peak times.
Further details regarding service recommendations, including the anticipated implementation timelines are available in the Transit Master Plan.
Your comments are both welcomed and encouraged. Please send comments or questions regarding the Transit Master Plan to:
City of Airdrie