County Connector Public Transit

County Connector Public Transit – Rural Transportation Pilot Program

The County Connector is a new public transit system linking the County of Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Beaverlodge, Wembley and Hythe to the City of Grande Prairie. This Rural Transportation Pilot Program is a two-year program, with the possibility of extension, based on evaluation of the service and user levels.

Click here to read the County Connector Rider's Guide. [PDF - 2 MB]

The service was launched in two separate phases:

December 5, 2018: PHASE ONE connects Sexsmith and Clairmont to the City of Grande Prairie.

February 4, 2019: PHASE TWO added the communities of Beaverlodge, Wembley, and Hythe.

ACCESSIBLE AND BIKE-FRIENDLY BUSES
All buses are accessible and include two wheelchair or walker positions and seating for up to 24 people. All buses have visual signs and make audible stop announcements at each stop. Buses are also bike-rack-equipped.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Phase One of the service operates Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) from 6:40 a.m. in the City of Grande Prairie and ending at 7:25 p.m. in the City of Grande Prairie.
(Because this is a two-year pilot project, funding for weekends and holidays is not available.)

Phase Twoof the County Connector operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding statutory holidays. On Monday and Friday, the service begins in the City of Grande Prairie at 8:48 a.m., travels to Beaverlodge then Wembley before arriving back in the City of Grande Prairie by 10:22 a.m. The return service departs from Grande Prairie at 3:00 p.m. and stops in Wembley then Beaverlodge before ending in the City of Grande Prairie at 4:32 p.m. On Wednesday, the service leaves Grande Prairie at 8:08 a.m. and arrives in Hythe by 9:00 a.m. The return trip on Wednesday stops in Hythe starting at 4:13 p.m. and ends in Grande Prairie by 5:08 p.m. The rest of the schedule remains unchanged.

The County Connector does not operate on statutory holidays. 

ROUTE MAPS & SCHEDULE

View route maps, schedules, guidelines for riders and more in the County Connector Rider's Guide.  [PDF - 2 MB]

TRACKING THE COUNTY CONNECTOR

Track your bus in real-time by using the Where's My Ride? Bus Tracker at gpt.mytransitride.com and entering your route and stop number. If you experience any issues, contact the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.

COST

Children age 11 and under ride for free and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
12 and over – $5.00
Bus fare can be paid in coin (no bills) or with a SUPERPASS reloadable smart card.

SUPERPASS purchase locations:

Preloaded SUPERPASS cards are available for purchase during regular hours of operation at the following locations:

  • Clairmont Fas Gas: 9922 102 Ave., Clairmont 
  • Sexsmith Town Office: 9927-100 St., Sexsmith 
  • Town of Wembley Office: 9940-101 St., Wembley 
  • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum: 9301 -112 Ave., Wembley
  • Town of Beaverlodge: 1016-4th Ave., Beaverlodge 
  • Village of Hythe: 10011-100 St., Hythe
  • New Horizon Co-op: 9830-100 Ave., City of Grande Prairie 
  • Shoppers Drug Mart - Prairie Mall: 11801-100 St., City of Grande Prairie 
  • City Hall: 10205-98 St., City of Grande Prairie 

SUPERPASS cards can be reloaded online at superpass.cityofgp.com or at the following City of Grande Prairie facilities:

  • City Hall: 10205-98 St.
  • City Service Centre: 9505 -12 St.
  • Eastlink Centre: 10 Knowledge Way
  • Community Social Development: 10030-102 Ave.
  • Ernie Radbourne Pavilion (Muskoseepi Park): 102 St & 102 Ave

If you are planning to reload your SUPERPASS card online, please do so 24-48 hours in advance of your trip to allow the system time to update your balance.

Note: City of Grande Prairie Transit Passes are not eligible for use on the County Connector and vice versa, as the two different transit systems are funded separately.

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MORE ABOUT THE COUNTY CONNECTOR – COLLABORATION AND CONNECTEDNESS

Studies have identified the need for public transportation options that connect our rural communities to the City of Grande Prairie. Resident feedback identified the lack of affordable transportation options to access essential services, employment and education, and social and recreational opportunities and services.

The County is proud to partner with our neighbouring municipalities on this important project. The Province of Alberta grant reflects the Province’s recognition of the unique challenges rural residents face in accessing these types of important services.

For service-related questions about the County Connector, call the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.

For more information or to provide feedback about the County Connector - Rural Transportation Pilot Program, contact Family and Community Support Services at 780-532-9727 or fcss@countygp.ab.ca.

Funding provided by Alberta Ministry of Transportation.