Plan ahead - Major changes to Edmonton bus routes coming April 25, 2021
City of Edmonton Bus Network
On April 25, 2021, all Edmonton Transit bus routes are changing as part of the ongoing efforts to modernize transit in our city. With ETS’ new transit network, buses will be more frequent, more direct and better connected. The new network features five different route types to meet different needs frequent, rapid (express), crosstown, local and community.
New bus stop signs with an updated accessible design are being installed around the city now. They include a new naming approach for bus routes so you can more easily find your way around. For example, School Special bus routes will all be numbered in the 600s.
There will be 44 new School Special bus routes to take you to junior high school or senior high school. The path the routes follow and time schedules will likely be different than current School Special buses. In addition, many school trips will be provided by regular bus routes that have extra trips scheduled during the school year. You can see the routes for the new School Special bus routes and other regular buses on this interactive map.
Remember, the current School Special bus routes and regular bus routes stay in place until April 24, 2021.
On-Demand Transit Service
You might live in one of 37 neighbourhoods that will be served by flexible On-Demand Transit service starting April 25, rather than by regular bus routes. There is no fixed route or schedule for On-Demand Transit shuttle buses. Instead, you can book a trip in real-time using an app, a website or a phone. More information is available at edmonton.ca/ondemandtransit.
These are significant changes, so it’s important that you be prepared for when all routes switch over on April 25. Have you planned ahead?
Guidelines for School Special bus routes are the same for all ETS service.
When waiting for a bus or train:
- Avoid crowded bus stops and waiting areas
- Wear a mask or face covering, some exemptions apply
- Keep a distance of two meters from others while waiting at a transit stop
- Customers with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home
When getting on-board a bus or train:
- Spread out where spacing allows
- Stand away from the driver to give the driver space
- It can be difficult to maintain physical distance on board public transit, so wear a mask or face covering (some exemptions apply)
Includes information about the various ways you can plan your trip, including the ETS Trip Planner, third party apps and route schedules. Future trip planning for the new bus routes will be available in mid-March, as well.
You can find the most up to date information at edmonton.ca/newbusroutes.
Important: Online trip planning, as well as individual route maps and schedules for the new bus network, will be available by mid-March.