Bus service to Wembley, Beaverlodge, and Hythe launches Monday. It’s the second phase of the County Connector, linking rural communities to the City of Grande Prairie by public transit.
The County Connector 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.
“Our government is excited to see the second phase of this important project launch, connecting even more communities in the Grande Prairie region to family and friends, jobs, shopping and medical appointments,” says Minister of Transportation Brian Mason.
The second bus for phase two was bought by the County of Grande Prairie at a cost of $138,333 and the City is operating the service. It will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but will only go as far as Hythe on Wednesdays. There are also Park & Ride locations at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and the Beaverlodge Town Office.
Like the first phase, which launched to Sexsmith and Clairmont in December 2018, the fare will cost $5 for a one-way trip. Children 11 years old and under ride for free.