THE CAMROSE CONNECTOR LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 4, 2018!
CAMROSE, August 21, 2018: The City of Camrose and Red Arrow are thrilled to announce the launch of the “Camrose Connector”, a new inter-city bus service between Edmonton and Camrose starting on September 4, 2018. The Connector will run Monday to Friday with three daily return trips, stopping at three locations in Camrose and four locations in Edmonton. Locations in Camrose will be at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Duggan Mall. The Connector will stop in Edmonton at the University of Alberta Transit Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Southgate Mall, and the Red Arrow Edmonton South Ticket Office.
This service and route were chosen specifically to help people in these communities have a lifeline to specialist medical appointments, educational opportunities, recreation, and as a connection to the rest of the province by linking into the Red Arrow network.
The Camrose Connector will be operated by Red Arrow in a wheelchair accessible 20 passenger shuttle with comfortable seats, free wifi, and an onboard washroom. It will cost $20 per person, each way, with tax included. People can book now through Red Arrow online at www.redarrow.ca or by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-232-1958.
“This Camrose-Edmonton shuttle service, provided by Red Arrow and supported by the new ride-share plan, will open up educational, health care, employment, recreation and social opportunities that residents in the city and across the county did not have before.” Norman Mayer, Mayor, City of Camrose.
“I want to congratulate the City of Camrose and Red Arrow Motorcoach for moving forward with the Camrose Connector regional transit service, funded by more than $450,000 through our government’s Rural Transportation Pilot Program,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason, who announced the Camrose Connector service as one of six pilot projects this summer. “This is the next step to improve public transportation connections for rural residents across this region and the province, a much-needed service that gives local residents better access to critical service, recreation and educational opportunities.”
John Stepovy, Director of Business Development for Red Arrow agrees, "We're extremely excited to be a part of this initiative as this new service will not only connect Camrose residents to Edmonton and vice versa, but will allow them to easily access the entire network of Red Arrow and Ebus routes that span the province."
The Camrose Connector inaugural trip will depart Camrose on Tuesday, September 4th from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus at 07:00 am and is bookable now through Red Arrow.
For schedules, information and to book travel, visit www.redarrow.ca or call Toll Free 1-800-232-1958.
Located on Highway 13, approximately 70 kilometers southeast of Edmonton, is the City of Camrose, a community of approximately 18,742 people and a regional service center to more than 100,000 people in east central Alberta. The region has some of the richest farmland in western Canada and a robust economy that is also based on industry, manufacturing, retail, health & medical services and education. As witnessed by the five provincial highways, two rail lines and a local airport in close proximity, transportation continues to play a vital role in the community. Camrose has several post-secondary education institutions including the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and the Camrose Lutheran Bible Institute.
Known as “the Rose City”, Camrose is a scenic community with many parks and green spaces, including an extensive park and trail system, sports center, 18-hole golf course, cross-country ski trails, aerobic facilities and a biathlon track. The historical walkable downtown core includes many heritage buildings and a diverse range of shopping opportunities. The City also includes a hospital, extended care facilities and a wide variety of services for those seeking active retirement and the ability to age in place
Government of Alberta Rural Transportation Pilot Program:
This new Rural Transportation Pilot program was created, following a provincewide public engagement, to help Alberta municipalities develop regional transportation services that best meet the needs of their communities.
In addition to the Camrose Connector service, the Government of Alberta approved funding for the City of Camrose to hire a ride-share service coordinator, as well as for two new rural transportation projects in the Grande Prairie region, bus service between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat and a new bus route in Red Deer County.
Red Arrow Motorcoach:
Founded in 1979, Red Arrow, an operating company of Pacific Western Transportation, has earned the reputation as Alberta’s best choice for inter-city motor coach passenger service offering transportation to and from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray, a connector service to Cold Lake, as well as several smaller communities. Red Arrow is a proven industry leader in the delivery of safe, comfortable, innovative and customer responsive transportation services.
Our Core Value of Customer Service is exemplified while on board our coaches, ensuring the passenger experience is of the highest standard from the first time they hear of us right up until they travel. Getting our passengers Safely Home is the promise we make to our customers and that commitment to safety lies at the heart of everything we do. We are proud to reinforce our convictions and Core Values with Safely Home as it represents our deepest commitment to Safety and is the ultimate promise Red Arrow makes to each other, to the communities where we operate, and to the public and customers that we value deeply.
City of Camrose
Malcolm Boyd, City Manager
John Archer, Press Secretary
John Stepovy, Director of Business Development