Public Transportation in Lethbridge
One of the most affordable and livable cities in Western Canada, Lethbridge offers all of the amenities of a modern city, yet still maintains its small-town charm. Part of the allure of the city is its excellent public transportation system. Here is a brief overview of the public transit options.
Lethbridge Transit is a municipal service that has provided public transit to the city since 1912. Back then Lethbridge Transit consisted of only 3 street cars. Today, Lethbridge Transit operates buses, and provides three main services with an annual ridership of over a million:
- Fixed Route Transit
- School bus service
Lethbridge Transit is committed to providing a safe and effective public transportation system that allows the community access to economic, social, educational and leisure opportunities.
Fixed Route Transit
Currently, Lethbridge Transit offers 42 fixed route, conventional transit buses that operate on diesel or are diesel hybrids. These buses provide service for 11 routes that connect north, south, east and west Lethbridge as well as the University of Lethbridge.
Six of Lethbridge Transit’s bus routes service West Lethbridge with two of them offering connections to downtown as well as both north and south Lethbridge. All West Lethbridge’s bus routes converge at a transit terminal located at the University of Lethbridge.
There are already plans in place to widen some of the major arteries that service and connect West Lethbridge as well as a growing number of developments in the works for a West Lethbridge downtown core. There will be new neighbourhoods as well as new business opportunities. As West Lethbridge continues to grow and develop, so too will the transit routes and services provided by Lethbridge Transit.
Some other facts about Lethbridge Transit and its fixed route transit include:
- All of our buses are equipped with bike racks.
- Lethbridge Transit uses an electronic fare card, the “Breeze Card” which offers both a reloadable and non-reloadable option.
- Six of Lethbridge Transits’ buses are equipped with the new QUANTUM wheelchair securement station. QUANTUM enables scooters and wheelchair passengers to secure themselves with just a press of a button.
Access-A-Ride is a City of Lethbridge service provided for people who are unable to use the fixed route transit option. All booking and scheduling decisions made through Access-A-Ride are made to accommodate as many different riders as possible. All Access-A-Ride service is “door to door”.
This service has been operating in Lethbridge since 1975 and currently provides service for over 1,500 Lethbridge residents. For more information about the Access-A-Ride, how to qualify and how to book a bus, please contact the City of Lethbridge.
Lethbridge Transit operates the yellow school buses that service the Lethbridge Public School District #51 as well as the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional School Division #4. Please contact the Separate School District #4 for more information about how a student qualifies for bus service and the specific routes and schedules.
Another advantage of living in Lethbridge is that the Airport is a 15 minute drive from the downtown core. It has regularly scheduled service for both Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta’s two major markets. The Calgary Airport serves as the major Albertan hub for all international destinations, while Edmonton provides connections to Fort McMurray. The Lethbridge Airport is also home to the annual Lethbridge International Airshow in October.
The Coal Banks Trail Network
The Coal Banks Trail Network is a 2.4 meter wide regional pathway that links many of the facilities and parks throughout the City of Lethbridge. The system provides over 30 km of uninterrupted trail that runs from West Lethbridge through the Oldman River Valley and Henderson Park and finally ends at Pravan Park. Click here to see a map.
The Coal Banks Trail Network is a great way to commute to various spots in the city and is accessed by a wide range of users that include:
- Walkers, joggers and families.
- The trail system is wheelchair friendly.
The excellent Lethbridge public transportation system offers residents the opportunity to conveniently commute in and around the city. Lethbridge Transit has successfully linked north, south, east and west Lethbridge and will continue to grow its routes as more development and growth is forecasted for the city. Lethbridge Transit and its services compliment the livability and opportunity that abounds in the city very well.
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