Edmonton's new bus routes to hit the streets next April following eight-month delay due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Edmonton’s new transit routes will come into effect April 25, 2021 after being postponed for eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Implementation of the city’s revamped bus network is underway with bus stop signs being installed around the city to inform residents of the impending changes.

Crews started to install the new signs Tuesday because it will take several months to tackle all 7,000 bus stops currently in place.

Mayor Don Iveson climbed onto a ladder to install the first new sign at a bus stop outside Edmonton City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

“These signs, which Edmontonians and frequent users of the transit system, especially, will see before them, will be an indicator of the changes that are coming,” Iveson said. “It’s a very positive sign of big-city transit coming to Edmonton in 2021,” he said.

Existing bus stops will have red and white stickers to outline what routes will be eliminated and new routes served, new stops will feature yellow stickers and stops to be removed all together will be marked with a red sign. The redesigned bus network will run with about 100 fewer routes with the goal of providing more frequent and longer service in and out of the city’s core.

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