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Camrose Community Bus

There have been changes to the Camrose Community Bus route and schedule! Find out more by clicking on the button below.

Information About the Changes to the Camrose Community Bus Route and Schedule

NEW Bus Route and Schedule Starting July 2, 2024

Why is the City making changes to the bus route?

In 2023, the City, along with Rose City Handi-Van and the Community Transit Advisory Committee, began an extensive review of the current Community Bus route. There has been no significant change to the bus route since 2017. However, over the years, the bus route has seen several minor evolutions that have expanded the route into areas with high density and the addition of a bus stop near the University.

How did we gather resident feedback?

Administration used multiple forms of public engagement to assist in the creation of this new route including:

  • 2021 City of Camrose Public Transit survey results;
  • Our Camrose – "Where do you want to see a bus stop?”;
  • Camrose Helps Community Needs survey results;
  • One-on-one interviews on the bus with riders and drivers; and
  • Day-to-day requests from residents via phone/in person/email.

What was identified as the main themes based off of resident feedback?

Based on the information received, the recurring themes to optimize the bus route that do not require additional funding were:

  • More bus stops in residential areas
  • More bus stops around the downtown neighbourhood, including one near the Library
  • The bus route should not be longer than one hour
  • Residents are willing to walk up to three blocks to catch the bus

What are the main changes to the bus route?

The main changes to the bus route are:

  • Expanding into the Century Meadows and Duggan Park neighbourhoods
  • Adding three stops that surround the Downtown area to allow residents to get off at multiple points and to reduce the disruption of the route during events held on Main Street
  • Moving stops away from areas of traffic congestion for increased rider/driver safety (i.e. front doors of commercial businesses)
  • Removal of historically low-utilized stops in areas that will have a new bus stop within walking distance

Why isn't the north side of Camrose included in the route?

We wanted to work within a one-hour loop and we're able to include more stops per hour when we do not have to include the wait time for a train.

Will bus rides be free?

Following a recommendation from the Community Transit Advisory Committee, Council approved the elimination of bus fares, starting on July 2nd, in alignment with the launch of the new route.

By not charging bus fares, we hope to:

  • Help eliminate barriers to transit use
  • Reduce the risks to drivers by eliminating the need to handle cash or have cash on board
  • Reduce administrative costs associated with managing cash
  • Reduce infrastructure costs required to transition to a cashless system

When does this change take effect?

The changes to the bus route take effect on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024.

The Camrose Community Bus provides a fixed route service on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The bus is equipped with accessible ramps and equipment that secures strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs.

Fee

Bus rides are FREE!

Route and schedule

Bus Route and Schedule (downloadable file)

Bus Route and Schedule (interactive map)

On-demand and group booking

On-demand and group bookings are available on Mondays and Wednesdays. These services are provided under a contract with the Rose City Handi-Van Society. Please call the Rose City Handi-Van Society at 780.672.8777 for more information.

Transit offices and contact information

Rose City Handi-Van Society
5415 - 49 Avenue
P: 780.672.8777

Transit tips

  • Make sure you are in a visible location for the driver to spot you, waving to the driver insures they know you want to get onto the bus
  • Plan to arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early
  • Have your correct fare ready before boarding the bus
  • Take a seat as soon as possible after boarding the bus
  • Hold on while the bus is in motion
  • Keep your head, hands and arms inside of the bus
  • Remind your driver before you leave the bus if you have to remove your bike from the bike rack
  • Be a good neighbour. Yelling or loud music on the bus can be distracting for the driver and other passengers
  • Hold on to your children, strollers, parcels, luggage, and sports equipment
  • Assist your children on and off the bus
Transit Tokens

Over the past couple years, the Taxi Token program has grown as two additional transit options, the Rose City Handi-Van and Camrose Community Bus, allowed tokens for their services. With this expansion of the program, the City of Camrose and the Community Transit Advisory Committee (CTAC) have been working on a rebrand to encourage increased token use and to be inclusive to all forms of transit that the tokens can be used for.

Beginning May 1st, 2023, the City will be introducing “Transit Tokens.” Residents will see little change to the actual program as Transit Tokens are essentially Taxi Tokens with a new name. 

The Transit Token Program provides transit options to those with financial difficulties. The transit token is worth $4.00 to use to subsidize the cost of participating taxi, handi-van or community bus rides.

From May 1st – July 31st, 2023 both taxi token and transit tokens will be accepted. July 31st 2023 will be the last day that taxi tokens are valid and after will not be accepted. 

How do Transit Tokens work?

Residents can get tokens from different social agencies or groups in Camrose. When you are paying for a ride, you give the driver the token(s) to go toward your fare. The individual will be responsible for paying the remainder of the fare. 

Participating Transportation Providers

Absolute

Armand's

Camrose Community Bus

Choice Cabs

Mirror Lake Taxi

Rose City Handi-Van Society

Rose City Taxi 

Tag Along Taxi

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