The Canada Bus Launches New Routes Connecting Calgary and Edmonton

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Exciting news! Even though you don’t drive, you can still visit Edmonton from Calgary! The Canada Bus is a Calgary-based bus service. It has recently launched new daily routes between Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. The daily routes cover all 7 days of the week and have 6 pick up and drop off locations along the way. Check out the …

Parking in Downtown Banff

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Are you and your family visiting Banff this summer? Plan parking ahead to save time! Starting July 5, 2021, Visitor-Pay Parking will increase the availability of short-term parking spaces in Banff’s downtown. Plan your route to have access to one of the 500 free parking stalls at the Train Station: https://banffparking.ca/ Paid parking is available 7 days/week, 8 am to …

New Green Transit Centre & Electric Buses in Banff

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A new transit operations centre has been opened in Banff. The Roam Transit Operations & Training Centre houses: administrative offices, a state-of-the-art driver training simulator, indoor and covered storage for 32 buses an environmentally responsible wash area and charging stations for the electric buses. The facility has net zero carbon emissions, is fully powered by solar panels, and is heated …

On-It Regional Transit Resumes Calgary to Banff & Canmore Service June 4

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Don’t drive but still want to visit Banff and Canmore from Calgary? On-It Regional Transit is resuming the Calgary to Banff/Canmore service on Friday, June 4, 2021. Enhanced cleaning and safety program initiatives include: Mandatory face masks for all passengers. Reserved seating. Thorough sanitation of buses and all high contact areas. Hand sanitizer available on all buses for passenger and …

Stricter Penalties for Impaired Driving

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Beginning on December 1, police will be enforcing stricter impaired driving penalties that may result in larger fines and lose their vehicles for up to 30 days. This means that police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired …

End of Calgary’s e-Scooter and e-Bike Pilot Project

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City of Calgary’s Two-Year shared e-Scooter and e-Bike pilot that started in October 2018, concluded on Oct. 31, 2020. All the remaining shared e-scooters will be removed from Calgary on Nov. 1, 2020. Since the launch of the pilot, there has been three permitted private sector operators (Lime, Bird, and Roll) and 1.87 million shared mobility trips. On Dec. 16, …

New Driver Road Test System to be Implemented

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Starting on December 1, 2020, Albertans will be able to book passenger vehicle road tests directly with local registry agents or through a new online system after Jan. 5, 2021. Registry agents will be able to hire or contract driver examiners directly. Back in March of 2019, road tests were nationalized causing a large portion of driver examiners to leave …

Calgary Transit – Schedule Changes

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Calgary Transit updates their bus routes and schedules four times a year. The changes made have considered many factors including feedback from customers and drivers, ridership levels and changing traffic patterns. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had major impacts on how to plan the Fall 2020 routes and schedules. The service changes will come into effect on Monday, August …