Camrose and area residents will now have a viable option for making the trip to Edmonton.
The Camrose Connector, a new inter-city bus service between Edmonton and Camrose, sponsored by the City of Camrose and operated Red Arrow, will officially launch on Sept. 4.
The Connector will run Monday to Friday and include three daily return trips, stopping at three locations in Camrose and four locations in Edmonton.
Camrose stops include the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, St. Mary’s Hospital and Duggan Mall.
Edmonton stops include the University of Alberta Transit Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Southgate Mall, and the Red Arrow Edmonton South Ticket Office.
This service and route were chosen specifically to help people in these communities have a lifeline to specialist medical appointments, educational opportunities, recreation and a connection to the rest of the province by linking into the Red Arrow network.
The 20 passenger, wheelchair accessible shuttle will feature comfortable seats, free wifi and an onboard washroom at a reasonable cost.
“This Camrose-Edmonton shuttle service, provided by Red Arrow and supported by the new ride-share plan, will open up educational, health care, employment, recreation and social opportunities that residents in the city and across the county did not have before,” said City of Camrose Mayor, Norm Mayer.
Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason congratulated the City of Camrose and Red Arrow Motorcoach, for moving forward with the Camrose Connector regional transit service, funded by more than $450,000 through the government’s Rural Transportation Pilot Program. “This is the next step to improve public transportation connections for rural residents across this region and the province.”
John Stepovy, director of Business Development for Red Arrow agreed, “We’re extremely excited to be a part of this initiative as this new service will not only connect Camrose residents to Edmonton and vice versa, but will allow them to easily access the entire network of Red Arrow and Ebus routes that span the province.”
The Camrose Connector inaugural trip will depart Camrose on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus at 7 a.m.
Booking, online reservations and schedules for the Camrose Connector are available through Red Arrow at www.redarrow.ca or by telephoning toll-free at 1-800-232-1958.
For general information on the Camrose Connector Service visit www.camrose.ca/camroseconnector.
The Camrose Connector is part of a new Rural Transportation Pilot program created, following a province-wide public engagement, to help Alberta municipalities develop regional transportation services that best meet the needs of their communities.
In addition to the Camrose Connector service, the Government of Alberta approved funding for the City of Camrose to hire a ride-share service coordinator.
This article was originally published in the Camrose Booster on August 28, 2018.