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County Connector to head west in February

Wembley, Beaverlodge and Hythe will be linked to Grande Prairie by bus starting in February. It’s been confirmed that the second phase of the new County Connector will start service to the west on February 4th.

The first phase launched in early December, taking passengers between the city, Clairmont and Sexsmith. County Family and Community Support Services Director Kathleen Turner says they’re already seeing the effects.

“We know from the launch of Phase One this service can tremendously improve quality of life for people in the area by providing a safe and affordable means of transportation to access a larger centre.”

The rural transit service is a two-year pilot project funded in part by the Government of Alberta. The province provided a grant of nearly $640,000 as well as another $277,000 in GreenTRIP funding to cover the cost of the first bus.

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The second bus needed for phase two will be bought by the County at a cost of $138,333. It will run Monday and Friday from Beaverlodge to Wembley to Grande Prairie and then back. On Wednesday, it will start in Hythe, stopping in Beaverlodge and Wembley and the City before returning. Park and ride locations may be included as well.

The City of Grande Prairie is operating both routes, which don’t run on weekends or holidays. The cost for a one-way trip is $5 paid using coins or a reloadable smart card, while children 11 years and younger are free.

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