Lethbridge Transit

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Lethbridge Transit
Lethbridge Transit logo.png
Slogan Wherever Life Takes You
Founded 1912
Headquarters 619 4 Avenue North
Locale Lethbridge, Alberta
Service type Public transit
Routes 13
Stations 4
Fleet 40
Fuel type Diesel
Website City Transit Dept.

Lethbridge Transit (commonly known as L.A. Transit) manages and operates the municipally-owned public transportation system in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

History[edit]

Public transit in Lethbridge began in 1912 and consisted of a streetcar system operated by the Lethbridge Municipal Railway. The system consisted of three lines, all originating at the southwest corner of what is now Galt Gardens. One line ran to north Lethbridge, one to the exhibition grounds via 6 Avenue, and the third to St. Michael's Hospital via 13 Street. Each car was operated by two men until 1917, when the number was reduced to a single operator on each. At the height of its operations, the streetcar system ran 10 cars over a total of 10 miles of track.

Given the cost of laying new tracks to accommodate city growth, the city began introducing motor buses in 1941. By 1947, the streetcar system had been abandoned, with the North Lethbridge line being the last to operate.

Operations[edit]

The downtown Lethbridge transit terminal allows the buses to stop curbside to transfer passengers between routes

The public transportation system Lethbridge Transit oversees consists of 40 buses (with an average age of 10 years) — including 8 Euro-styled New Flyers put in operation in August 2006 — that cover most of the city on 12 routes.[1] Traditionally, all bus routes in the city started and ended downtown. In the early 21st century, however, cross-town and shuttle routes were introduced. All routes use wheelchair-accessible buses.

In 2005, Lethbridge Transit had an annual ridership of 2,555,695 on over 25 buses.[2] Expenses for the same year amounted to $6,023,794 with revenues at $2,243,222.

Recent projects[edit]

In 2006, Lethbridge Transit explored the possibility of a universal bus pass system for post secondary students in Lethbridge. While University of Lethbridge undergraduate students voted against the system, graduate students voted in favour. Lethbridge Transit and the Graduate Students Association negotiated a U-Pass system for master’s and PhD students effective September 2008.

In June 2011, Lethbridge city council authorized the introduction of an electronic fare card to replace the previous fare system.[3]

Routes[edit]

Number Name Notes
12 University/Columbia Blvd/College 7 day service.
14 Northwest Express All day Mon-Fri service during University of Lethbridge Fall & Spring semesters. Mon-Fri peak service only during Summer semester.
20 Lakeview/Winston Churchill 7 day service.
21 Hendersen Lake/Nord Bridge 7 day service.
22 Agnes Davidson/Park Meadows 7 day service.
23 13th Street Mon-Fri service.
24 Mayor Magrath Mon-Fri service.
30 Fairmont Mon-Fri service.
31 Hardieville/Uplands Mon-Sat service.
32 Indian Battle Heights 7 day service.
33 Heritage Heights 7 day service.
34 Industrial Park Mon-Fri peak service.
35 Copperwood Mon-Fri service.
36 Sunridge Mon-Fri service.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mabell, Dave (2006-09-09). "Richard keeps the city's buses on the road" (in English). Lethbridge Herald. p. A4. 
  2. ^ City Council Meeting minutes, 24 September 2007
  3. ^ Electronic Fare Card, 29 June 2011

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