Changes in bus services on the way

  • Aug. 21, 2013 4:16 p.m.

Transit users are reminded that increases to Transit fares will take effect Sept. 1. The City of Red Deer increases Transit rates annually in response to inflation and expenses.

With the increase, single fare fees will cost users an additional five cents per ride. The Transit Customer Service Centre at Sorensen Station offers ticket and pass sales, transit information and a lost and found. Tickets and passes may also be picked up at any Transit sales outlet.

Fare increases – effective Sept. 1, single cash fares are adults (18 to 64 years) $2.40; youth (6 to 17 years) $2.10; students $2.10; seniors (65+ years) $2.10; children (5 and under, except in preschool groups) free. Preschool groups are $2.10 per two children

Monthly bus passes – Go Pass (adult) are $65 and $57 for students/seniors.

Tickets (a sheet of 12) are $24.50 for adults and $21.50 for youth/students. Day passes are $7.

Meanwhile, changes to Route 6 are effective Aug. 25. Each year, Transit reviews all routes to increase coverage, improve service and enhance efficiency. This year, Route 6 is the only route with changes.

Transit riders are advised to view new route and schedule information at webmap.reddeer.ca. After Aug. 23, new Ride Guides will be available at Transit Customer Service and on board all buses. School Overload brochures are also now available at Transit Customer Service; there have been no changes to school overload routes this year.

For more information, call 403-342-8225 or email transit@reddeer.ca or visit www.reddeer.ca/transit.

Meanwhile, Red Deer Transit is preparing for the new school year with updated school overload information and the 2013/14 Ride Guide for regular routes.

School overload brochures are now available at the Sorensen Station Customer Service Centre, which is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. School overload includes the extra buses necessary to carry students to and from school beyond the regular routes.

To facilitate students purchasing their first passes of the new school year, students in Grades 1 to 12 are offered a grace period between 6:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4; during these times students may ride without charge to or from school.

Red Deer Transit 2013/14 Ride Guides will also be available after Aug. 23 at Sorensen Station, Collicutt Centre, Parkland Mall guest services, Red Deer College Students Association, Tourism Red Deer and on board all Transit buses.

All Red Deer Transit buses have bike racks installed on the front, so students can also bike and ride to school.

For more information on school overload and regular routes, contact Transit Information by phone at 403-342-8225 or by email at transit@reddeer.ca or visit www.reddeer.ca/transit.

-Weber

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