Edmonton & Area News

Edmonton launches largest On Demand Transit service in Canada

There are new ways for Edmontonians to access the city, starting today. 

Edmonton Transit Service’s (ETS) new bus routes and On Demand Transit went into service at 5 a.m. this morning, and the new Mill Woods Transit Centre opened its doors to customers. 

There will be five new types of bus routes to meet customers’ different travel needs, complemented with the largest on demand service in Canada. 

“These projects support a strong and integrated transit network that is critical to building a great city where it’s safer, more convenient and greener to travel from one place to another,” said Mayor Don Iveson.

Customers can book trips on 57 accessible shuttles to take them from 37 neighbourhoods and 16 seniors’ residences to nearby designated transit hubs. 

On Demand Transit service is provided in areas where it is a better fit than regular bus service. It has the advantage of providing service seven days a week and with the same or better frequency than scheduled service.

Mill Woods Transit Centre opens today

As part of its integrated approach to transit, the city opened the new Mill Woods Transit Centre today. The $17.4 million facility, which was completed on time and on budget, is designed to simplify how customers get to their bus and LRT connections so they have better access within Edmonton. 

The transit centre includes a covered walkway that connects customers to the nearby Mill Woods Stop on the Valley Line Southeast LRT, which is expected to open later this year.

An integrated transit network provides easy access to the city and supports lively neighbourhoods through transit-oriented development. For example, Mill Woods Transit Centre was moved closer to the new LRT to support redevelopment plans for the Mill Woods Town Centre area. It will become a higher-density centre that includes mixed residential housing and commercial businesses within walking distance to transit.