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.

 The service will be launched in two separate phases on the following dates:

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

Early 2019: PHASE TWO launch will add the communities of Beaverlodge, Wembley, and Hythe (exact launch date has not yet been determined).

A phased roll-out of this service provides the opportunity to evaluate Phase One operations and procedures and make any necessary changes to optimize efficiencies and quality of the service in Phase Two. Phase Two also requires the purchase of a bus, which will not be available until early 2019.

ACCESSIBLE AND BIKE-FRIENDLY BUSES
All buses are accessible and include two wheelchair 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

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.)

SCHEDULE (soon to come)

Routes, bus stop locations, schedules and the Rider’s Guide will soon be available on this page.

WHERE’S MY RIDE APP (Bus Tracker)

Upon Phase One launch of the service, you will be able to track the location of the County Connecter, download the Free Where’s My Ride App in advance.

COST

11 and under – FREE
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 tickets will be available for purchase starting on November 19, 2018 for Phase One stops during regular hours of operation at the following locations:

  • Clairmont Fas Gas: 9922 102 Ave.
  • Sexsmith Town Office: 9927-100 St.
  • New Horizon Co-op, City of Grande Prairie: 9830-100 Ave.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart - Prairie Mall, City of Grande Prairie: 11801-100 St.
  • City Hall, City of Grande Prairie: 10205-98 St.

SUPERPASSES 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

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.

More information about the SUPERPASS will be made available closer to Phase One launch date.

NEED MORE DETAILS?

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Route Map and Details (soon to be available)
  • Schedule (soon to be available)
  • Rider’s Guide (soon to be available)

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 more information 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.