Yesterday, the Community Infrastructure and Strategic Growth Standing Committee was presented with some changes that are on the way for Airdrie transit.

Chris MacIsaac, Team Leader of Transit and Active Transportation presented to the committee showcasing multiple route changes to increase service levels to meet Airdronians needs.

Here are the recommendations that were brought forward to the committee. The goal of these adjustments is to raise the level of service quality, which includes frequency, ease, and dependability. Higher ridership, more income, and less reliance on parking and private vehicle ownership are the anticipated results.

"These changes also address some of the concerns we are seeing from customers as well," stated MacIsaac.

Local Fixed Route:

To help rebuild the local fixed route, 3,800 extra service hour investment was agreed by the council for the 2024 operating budget. Service hours will be deliberately scheduled to coincide with times when there is greater demand from customers, such as the mornings, afternoons, and nights of workdays.

Currently, there are a total of two vehicles that have a frequency of 60 minutes. the proposed changes include having four total vehicles during peak hours and two during off-peak. During peak hours (6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.) the frequency would drop to 30 minutes. During off-peak hours, the frequency would jump back to 60 minutes with only two vehicles being operated.

Downtown Commuter (Routes 901/902):

The administration added a second 901 trip on March 1, 2024, increasing the range of services available. Demand for more capacity has been steadily increasing, especially in west Airdrie.

The administration suggested making a single extra 902 route in the morning and afternoon in addition to small schedule changes to ensure that buses depart from important hubs regularly every 20 minutes for the duration of our operation.

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Daily Regional (Route 900):

Despite having the worst problems with service reliability, Route 900 has the highest ridership on the network. The customer experience has suffered due to external factors like large-scale road construction projects, development, and increased traffic; most notably, longer travel times.

The administration has determined that eliminating a stop in northeast Calgary (Metis Trail at 104 Av NE) will cut down on travel time. In the past, Calgary Transit offered a connection from this stop to the Calgary International Airport. The value of servicing this stop in the region has changed, and this connection is no longer available.

No changes were proposed to the Access Airdrie/Hello to Go Demand Responsive Services as of right now. 

"Administration is continuing to review opportunities to further optimize that service and integrate the on-demand program with our fixed route network," mentioned MacIsaac.

All of these changes align with the Airdrie City Council-approved level of service changes in the 2024 Operating Budget.

After hearing all the possible changes the committee voted in favour of the changes. They all go into effect starting September 1.

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