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City Transit Service

City Transit bus service is provided by the City of Red Deer Transit Department and travel along regular and school City Transit routes. HHHS, LTCHS, Eastview Middle, and Central Middle school all use City Transit for transportation, and eligible students will receive their passes directly from the school. Regular City Transit routes may be changed at the discretion of the City at any time and may not be ideal for some students. School designated routes are in place and not changed without discussion with RDPSD administration. The School Routes only cover certain catchment areas. Eligible students applying for a City bus pass can do so after Aug 15th.

From time to time, School route buses may become too full and students could be denied boarding. Typically the driver would relay which conventional bus route might work as an alternative. It is a good practice to make sure the student knows a back up conventional route in cases where the bus is too full or in the off chance there is a disruption of service for whatever reason. The link below from the City website has all the City routes for your information. Many students take conventional routes anyway as they are often less busy and closely mimick school routes. Calling 403-342-8225 will usually get someone to help with route questions as well.

Busing During Diploma Exam Period(s)

City Transit will continue transporting students using regular times up to and including the last day of exams.

Grace Period

The City of Red Deer provides a two day “grace period” for the start of the school year for students who access City Transit services to get to school. Bus pass holders will be able to ride the city’s Transit buses to and from school without a pass on the first two days of school. On the third day of school, students riding Transit must be in possession of a Transit Pass. Students must obtain their Transit pass (Transit Application) before the end-of-business on the second grace period day to be able to ride.

City Transit - Application Form

All eligible students wishing to access City Transit services must complete an online Transit Bus Application each year. Please visit the Applications section of our website for information on how to apply. Eligible students can apply after Aug 15th.

City Transit - Bus Passes

Eligible students will receive an annual Transit bus pass at their individual schools. Starting in 2024/25, there will only be Unrestricted Student passes. These passes may be used anytime City transit operates during the school year. There will not be a fee for this pass. 

Eligible Students

Grade 6 students who live 1 km or greater from their designated school and Grade 7-12 students that live greater than 2 kms from their designated school will be eligible to receive an unrestricted student bus pass. HHHS will still be using 2.4 kms as an eligiblity distance for the 2024/25 school year due to the City not being able to add buses to their fleet. We have been in talks with City Transit management for some time to discuss the importance/need for an increase in fleet to meet the new eligbility requirements for the 2025/26 school year. Talks are ongoing.  If the student is 2.4 kms or greater from the designated school and 2.4 kms or greater from school of choice, they will also be deemed eligible.

Ineligible Students

Grade 6 students living less than 1 km from their designated school and grade 7-12 students living less than 2 kms from thier designated school are considered ineligible. If an ineligible student requires a pass, they must purchase a bus pass directly from The City of Red Deer Transit Department. 

City Transit has a Government funded program called Transit Fare Assistance Pass. This could be applicable to ineligible students if requirements are met. Here is a link to that section from the City website. Transit Fare Assistance Pass

For City Transit schedules, routes and times, website-, contact the Red Deer City Transit Help Desk at 403-342-8225,  or click  MyBus to try Transit's free trip planning tool to show the latest bus routes and schedules.

MyBus Information sheet

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