WATCH ABOVE: Anyone working late nights in Edmonton now has another transit option. Jessica Kent explains.
EDMONTON — Edmonton Transit is adding late night service seven days a week to its system beginning Sept. 6.
Bus service on four existing routes – 1, 8, 9 and 4 – will now run until 3 a.m. The ETS has also created a new route – 512 – to offer service until the same time.
“Based on customer demand and in partnership with Responsible Hospitality Edmonton, ETS has extended service to meet the growing needs of our city,” said Councillor Andrew Knack.
“This service particularly benefits people who work late nights and overnight shifts, as well as those who are trying to get home safely and responsibly after a night on the town.”
The so-called Late Night Owl Service will operate every 30 minutes.
Routes 1, 8, 9 and the newly created 512 will leave downtown from Jasper Avenue and 100/101 Street. The 512 will follow a route similar to the main LRT Line, but will offer service after LRT hours of operation. Route 4 will provide service east to west across the city, including Whyte Avenue.
The late night service will be a permanent edition to ETS.
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The Late Night Owl Service comes after the ETS Night Ride pilot project conducted in 2012.
“Knowing that late night transportation is a key element of late night safety, we are thrilled to see the service being implemented so that people can get home to all quadrants of the city,” said Angela Turner of Responsible Hospitality Edmonton.
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