|Slogan||Come Ride with Us|
|Headquarters||619 4 Avenue North|
|Service type||Public transit|
|Annual ridership||1.1 million|
|Fuel type||Diesel, Diesel Hybrid|
|Website||City Transit Dept.|
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.
The public transportation system Lethbridge Transit consists of 42 buses (with an average age of 8 years) — including 8 Euro-styled New Flyers put in operation in August 2006 — that cover most of the city on 12 routes. 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. Expenses for the same year amounted to $6,023,794 with revenues at $2,243,222.
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.
|12||University / City Centre||7 days|
|20 North||North Terminal||7 days|
|20 South||South Enmax||7 days|
|21 North||Nord Bridge||7 days|
|21 South||Henderson Lake / Industrial||7 days|
|22 North||North Terminal||7 days|
|22 South||Southgate||7 days|
|23||City Center/ College / North Terminal||Mon-Fri|
|24||City Center/ North Terminal / College||Mon-Fri|
|32||Indian Battle Heights / Columbia Blvd||7 days|
|33||Heritage Heights / West Highlands||7 days|
|37||Garry Station||7 Days|
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