Lethbridge Transit

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Lethbridge Transit
Lethbridge Transit logo.png
Slogan Come Ride with Us
Founded 1912
Headquarters 619 4 Avenue North
Locale Lethbridge, Alberta
Service type Public transit
Routes 14
Stations 4
Fleet 42
Annual ridership 1.1 million[citation needed]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel Hybrid
Website City Transit Dept.

Lethbridge Transit manages and operates the municipally-owned public transportation system in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

History

Public transit in Lethbridge began in 1912 and consisted of a streetcar system operated by the Lethbridge Municipal Railway. The system consisted of three lines, all originating at the southwest corner of what is now Galt Gardens. One line ran to north Lethbridge, one to the exhibition grounds via 6 Avenue, and the third to St. Michael's Hospital via 13 Street. Each car was operated by two men until 1917, when the number was reduced to a single operator on each. At the height of its operations, the streetcar system ran 10 cars over a total of 10 miles of track.

Given the cost of laying new tracks to accommodate city growth, the city began introducing motor buses in 1941. By 1947, the streetcar system had been abandoned, with the North Lethbridge line being the last to operate.

Operations

The downtown Lethbridge transit terminal allows the buses to stop curbside to transfer passengers between routes

The public transportation system Lethbridge Transit consists of 42 buses (with an average age of 8 years) — including 8 Euro-styled New Flyers put in operation in August 2006 — that cover most of the city on 12 routes.[1] Traditionally, all bus routes in the city started and ended downtown. In the early 21st century, however, cross-town and shuttle routes were introduced. All routes use wheelchair-accessible buses.

In 2005, Lethbridge Transit had an annual ridership of 2,555,695 on over 25 buses.[2] Expenses for the same year amounted to $6,023,794 with revenues at $2,243,222.

Recent projects

In 2006, Lethbridge Transit explored the possibility of a universal bus pass system for post secondary students in Lethbridge. While University of Lethbridge undergraduate students voted against the system, graduate students voted in favour. Lethbridge Transit and the Graduate Students Association negotiated a U-Pass system for master’s and PhD students effective September 2008.

In June 2011, Lethbridge city council authorized the introduction of an electronic fare card to replace the previous fare system.[3]

Routes

Number Name Service
12 University / City Centre 7 days
20 North North Terminal 7 days
20 South South Enmax 7 days
21 North Nord Bridge 7 days
21 South Henderson Lake / Industrial 7 days
22 North North Terminal 7 days
22 South Southgate 7 days
23 City Centre / College / North Terminal Mon-Fri
24 City Centre / North Terminal / College Mon-Fri
31 Legacy Ridge/Uplands Mon-Sat
32 Indian Battle Heights / Columbia Blvd 7 days
33 Heritage Heights / West Highlands 7 days
35 Copperwood 7 days
36 Sunridge 7 days
37 Garry Station 7 Days

References

  1. ^ Mabell, Dave (2006-09-09). "Richard keeps the city's buses on the road". Lethbridge Herald. p. A4.
  2. ^ City Council Meeting minutes[permanent dead link], 24 September 2007
  3. ^ Electronic Fare Card, 29 June 2011

External links

Media related to Lethbridge Transit at Wikimedia Commons

  • Lethbridge Transit homepage
  • Riders Guide
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