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.

February 4, 2019: PHASE TWO will add the communities of Beaverlodge, Wembley, and Hythe starting February 4, 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.)

The County Connector does not operate on statuatory holidays, which include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day this holiday season. 

ROUTE MAPS & SCHEDULE

Click here [PDF - 97 KB] for the Phase One route maps and schedule.

View the County Connector Rider's Guide. [PDF - 3 MB]

WHERE’S MY RIDE? BUS TRACKER

Track the location of the County Connecter with the Where's My Ride? Bus Tracker. Visit http://www.cityofgp.com/index.aspx?page=2793 for instructions on how to track the County Connector bus in real-time using your route and stop numbers, once the service launches December 5. 

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 cards are available for purchase 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.

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.

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 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.