Brandon Transit

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Brandon Transit
Brandon Transit logo.png
Slogan People Moving People
Founded 1955
Headquarters 900 Richmond Avenue E.
Locale Brandon, MB
Service area Urban Area
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 10
Hubs 2
Fleet 23
Fuel type Diesel

Brandon Transit is the municipally operated bus service in Brandon; the second largest city in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Public transportation began in the city in 1913 when the Brandon Municipal Railway started their streetcar service, with bus operations being introduced in 1932 after the MacArthur Transportation Company Limited assumed the service. Brandon Transit started up in 1955, initially with a private operator, which the city took over two years later.[1]


Fixed bus routes and Handi-Transit operate seven days a week. [2]

Regular Routes

On July 31, 2017, Brandon Transit overhauled its existing route system. All former routes, except for Route 4 (Trans Canada), were replaced with more downtown-centric routes, and Route 4 was modified, its main change being that it now returns to the Downtown Terminal via the 1st Street Bridge instead of Braecrest Ave and the 18th Street Bridge.

Route Number Route Name Notes
4 Trans Canada
5 Assiniboine
8 Maryland West
14 Victoria West
15 East Hospital/ACC
16 South End Link
17 South Central
22 Riverheights West
23 1st Street South
(none) Industrial Service between various pick-up locations and the Industrial Hub from 5:30am to 7:00am, the Industrial Hub and Maple Leaf Foods from 2:00pm to 4:30pm every 15 minutes, and no particular destinations (route depends on riders' own destinations) from 11:45pm to 2:15am

The former routes, used since 2002, were as follows:[3]

Route Number Route Name Notes
1 Richmond West
4 Trans Canada
5 Assiniboine
6 Victoria East
9 18th Street South
10 Central Belt
11 Industrial
12 Industrial
20 City Circular
21 City Circular
22 N/E Festival Route Charter route; run only during the Brandon Winter Festival
23 S Festival Route Charter route; run only during the Brandon Winter Festival
(none) ACC North Campus Shuttle


Handi-Transit Service provides door-to-door transportation for passengers with a disability who are unable to use the regular bus service. Clients must be registered to make use of the service.


All members of the Brandon University Students' Union[4] (on the Brandon campus) and Assiniboine Community College Student Association[5] receive an annual Universal Bus Pass (UPass) through their student card.

Bio-diesel project

Originally this was a demonstration project to test one bus using fuel made entirely from waste restaurant fryer oil; the bus was running on 100% bio-diesel with no petro-diesel at all. Now that the feasibility has been proven, the goal was to eventually operate part of the fleet only using city restaurant waste products.[6]

The Bio-Diesel test was discontinued in 2009 when the demonstration unit caught fire. The fire was not related to the Bio-diesel, it was revealed to be an electrical fire. This bus was also the last Orion I in service.[7]


Transit Operations

Address: 900 Richmond Avenue East
Coordinates: 49°49′36″N 99°55′31.5″W / 49.82667°N 99.925417°W / 49.82667; -99.925417
Facilities: Head office and bus maintenance

Information Centre

Address: 800 Rosser Avenue
Coordinates: 49°50′54″N 99°56′55.6″W / 49.84833°N 99.948778°W / 49.84833; -99.948778
Facilities: Information, maps, tickets, passes, etc.

Downtown Bus Mall

Address: 8th Street, between Rosser Ave and Pacific Ave.
Coordinates: 49°50′56″N 99°56′54.3″W / 49.84889°N 99.948417°W / 49.84889; -99.948417
Facilities: shelters, benches
Bus bays: 8

Richmond Terminal

Address: Richmond Avenue, west of 18th Street
Coordinates: 49°49′38.8″N 99°57′48.5″W / 49.827444°N 99.963472°W / 49.827444; -99.963472
Facilities: shelters, benches
Bus bays: 4


  1. ^ Transit History of Brandon, Manitoba
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Brandon Transit Rider's Guide" (PDF) (in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese). Brandon Transit. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  4. ^ "BUSU U-Pass".
  5. ^ "ACCSA Services".
  6. ^ Bio-diesel bus project
  7. ^

External links

  • Brandon Transit
  • Brandon Transit Rider's Guide

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