Yellowknife Transit

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Yellowknife Transit
YK Transit logo.png
Yellowknife Transit bus 01 clip.jpg
Bus on 50th Avenue
Parent City of Yellowknife
Founded 1999
Service area urban area
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 5
Fleet 8 regular buses
2 paratransit
Fuel type diesel
Operator First Student Canada
Director Dennis Kefalas
Website Yellowknife Transit

Yellowknife Transit is the public transportation agency in the city of Yellowknife, and is the only transit system in Canada's Northwest Territories. The municipally funded and controlled system is operated by private contractor First Canada, previously known as Cardinal Coach Lines.[1]


Yellowknife Transit is the fourth operator of public transit in Yellowknife. Three other privately run services had provided bus service prior to 1999, when Cardinal Coach Lines was awarded the franchise:[1]

  • Red Dusseault, 1945-1948.
  • Frame and Perkins Limited, 1948-1990.
  • Arctic Frontier Carriers Limited, 1990 to 1999.

As of 2008 the city was actively exploring means of improving transit service, noting that the city had a substantial number of residents who preferred to walk and ride.[2] In August 2012 the city approved a new contract with Cardinal's successor, First Canada, at a cost of $1.25 million per year.[3]


There are three regular daily bus routes which run from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekdays and Saturdays.[4] Two additional limited stop express services which operated along Route 1 between the northern suburbs and the downtown core during morning and afternoon peak times have been eliminated.[5] There is no service on Sunday or statutory holidays. The transfer station is located at Sir John Franklin High School.[4]

Number Name Notes
1 Borden/Downtown/Range Lake Weekday service through the suburbanized west side of the city to Downtown.
2 N’dilo/Downtown/Forrest Drive Weekday service through the older east side of the city and the native community of N'dilo to Downtown.
3 Saturday/Summer/Christmas Combination of Routes 1 & 2 that runs at off-peak times.


Yellowknife Accessible Transit System (YATS) is a component of Yellowknife Transit that provides transportation for those people who are unable to physically use the regular transit system. Customers are required to pre-register, outlining the extent of their disability.[6]


  1. ^ a b Transit History of Northwest Territories Communities
  2. ^ "Overhauling Yellowknife transit system poses a challenge: consultant", CBC News, January 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Simon Whitehouse, "New buses coming for city: Councillors frustrated by rushed vote on $1.25-million annual contract", Northern News Services, August 29, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Yellowknife Transit: General Transit Information
  5. ^ Yellowknife Transit: Express Routes
  6. ^ "Yellowknife Accessible Transit System (YATS)". Access to Travel. Government of Canada. Retrieved February 2016. YATS is a component of Yellowknife Transit that provides accessible door-to-accessible door service  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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