Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston, Medicine Hat College Students’ Association President Beth Lewis, Premier Rachel Notley, MLA Robert Wanner and RMA President Al Kemmere celebrate the provincial funding of new rural bus pilot projects along Hwy. 3 between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and in Red Deer County. Photo Submitted

Red Deer County to receive rural bus route to the city

The new bus route is a part of Alberta’s Rural Transportation Pilot Project

After the announcement Greyhound was suspending service to Western Canada, the Province of Alberta has been looking into expanding rural transportation.

The Government of Alberta is investing $1,400,000 in new bus routes and shuttle services for rural Albertans with the Rural Transportation Pilot Project, which eligible municipalities have to apply to be a part of.

The Province is investing in two services for Albertan, one in Central Alberta and one in the Southeast, at a cost of $700,000 each.

A new bus route will connect around 11,000 residents in Red Deer County. The services will connect the City of Red Deer with Springbrook, Penhold and Innisfail.

The Central Albertan who would access this new bus service currently do not have access to public transportation.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it is important to keep transportation viable and present for the rural residents in the province.

“Our government knows viable rural transit is what connects many Albertans to work, school, vital health care, family and friends,” Motley said. “We’ve worked closely with regional governments to get this investment right, and I am so pleased to announce these new transit options to connect Albertans across our province.”

Along with the bus route investment in Central Alberta, the Province is creating a shuttle program for the Medicine Hat-Lethbridge area.

According to a press release from the Government of Alberta, the new shuttle will connect to 12 different communities and benefit around 27,700 residents.

the Rural Transportation Pilot Program is designed to “improve public transportation services between Alberta’s mid-sized urban centres and their surrounding communities.”

Mayor of Red Deer County, Jim Wood, says the bus routes will have a great impact of the residents of Central Alberta, specifically in Red Deer County.

“Regional transit funding will create even greater links between our communities, and will go a long way toward improved mobility for our residents,” said Wood.

“Being able to travel efficiently and safely is essential for our residents’ quality of life and the overall well-being of our connected communities.”

The government estimates there are more than 200,000 people living in the areas where the new bus services is being implemented.

The new service will directly impact around 40,000 people who didn’t have trust service, according to the Alberta Government.

Information gathered from the pilot program will help the government approach further public rural transportation.

Just Posted

Jazz is alive and well in Sylvan Lake with upcoming festival

Jazz at the Lake returns to Sylvan Lake, Aug. 17-19.

Many gather to Chip in for Health Care with annual tournament

The annual golf tournamnet in Sylvan Lake was a fundraiser for the AACS

The Hlinka Cup exhibition game a great success for Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake held an exhibition game for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Aug. 4

Central Alberta Buccaneers come up short against Monarchs

Bucs’ lose star quarterback in heartbreaking affair

Ponoka man faces 95 theft-related charges

Police recover stolen license plates, mail, tools

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Ponoka Traffic Unit investigate scooter incident

A motorcyclist appears to have lost control of her Suzuki scooter on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Wildfire smoke blankets B.C. and Alberta, prompting air quality advisories

About 25 new wildfires were sparked between Monday morning and midday Tuesday

Stettler woman facing 67 fraud-related charges appears with co-accused

Crown likely proceeding with more serious charge of indictable offence

Wetaskiwin Co-op robbed of laser tool, propane torch

Wetaskiwin RCMP attempting to identify two individuals involved in numerous thefts

Judge OKs Weinstein suit, cites casting couch’s history

Actress Kadian Noble can sue disgraced Hollywood mogul for violating sex trafficking laws

Employers to raise salaries 2.6% on average next year: report

Firm points to factors such possibility of more trade protectionism, rising interest rates

Most Read