Airdrie ICE Bus transit system.
August 27, 2021 9:52 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Airdrie is a growing city, but how well is their transit system evolving with the increase in population and transport needs of the people? 

While recent changes have helped meet the needs of this city, there are still some antiquated practices that can make leisure travel somewhat challenging. We’re going to go through all the details to know when visiting or moving into town!

Local Transit

Airdrie Transit routes map.

Airdrie transit consists of 3 main bus routes that travel across each quadrant of the city, as well as the ICE bus system which travels between Airdrie and Calgary. This bus service operates on weekends and holidays between Airdrie (Sierra Springs) and McKnight-Westwinds (C-Train) station via CrossIron Mills mall on Route 900, which makes travel between Calgary and Airdrie easy, efficient, and cheap. A one-way trip takes an average of 45 minutes to an hour on the ICE bus.

Schedule and Local Routes

The local bus system in Airdrie runs Monday through Friday from 6:45 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, but unfortunately does not run on Sundays. The updated schedule comes into effect on September 1st, 2021, and you can view the routes by clicking the links below:

 

 

You can also contact their office during regular business hours at 403.948.8875 or by email at [email protected].

Know Where Your Ride is in Real-Time

A more recent upgrade Airdrie Transit has provided their customers with is a real-time transit app called “TransLoc Bus Tracking APP”, available for iPhone and Android. It allows passengers to see their bus’ location in real-time on their smartphone so they know exactly where it is and when it will arrive.

This is a great feature for patrons so they can effectively plan their day and prepare for any delays. It also reduces the number of patrons who miss their bus, meaning you’re getting there on time!

Airdrie Transit is also active on Twitter, reporting delays and updates in nearly real-time, to try and reach all of their clientele with transparent, up-to-date information.

Where can I purchase passes?

All tickets and monthly passes can be purchased at these locations:

 

  • Airdrie City Hall (400 Main Street, SE)
  • Calgary Co-op (Airdrie Location, 2700 Main Street, SE)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart on 8th Street (836 1st Ave, NW)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart at Cooper’s Town Promenade (801, 41 Coopers Blvd SW)

 

You can also view the most up-to-date information on the “Passes, Tickets, and Fares” page of their website.

When does Airdrie Transit not operate?

The local transit system does not run on the following holidays:

 

  • New Years Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Heritage Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

 

ICE Bus System

Airdrie Transit provides service to Downtown Calgary on both of the ICE Routes 901 and 902, and it runs 7 days a week, including holidays with the exception of Christmas Day.

 

  • Route 901 services the east side of Airdrie, beginning at the Ron Ebbesen Arena with multiple stops along East Lake Boulevard. 
  • Route 902 services the west side of Airdrie, servicing Main Street and connections to Downtown Airdrie.

 

The ICE bus system picks people up at most of the neighbourhoods in Airdrie, so no matter your location you will have access to this service. The final pickup to head to downtown Calgary on either aforementioned route is at the South Transit Terminal. You will have the opportunity to stop at CrossIron Mills as well, before heading to the McKnight Boulevard C-Train station in Calgary.

Both the 901 and the 902 pick-up at the South Transit Terminal before heading into downtown Calgary. The best part is the complimentary park and ride facilities are open at the South Transit Terminal and Ron Ebbesen Arena parking lot, making transport more accessible to those who prefer or require city transportation.

The updated schedules, also effective September 1st, 2021, are listed below:

 

 

Conclusion

Airdrie Transit has made some awesome upgrades recently that help customers better schedule their days, access different parts of Airdrie, and has opened up the opportunity for citizens to find work in Calgary with easy, affordable transportation via the ICE bus system. 

While transit doesn’t run all 7 days a week, their current bus system is fairly efficient and updated and provides their patrons with updated, transparent information. With the city growing so quickly, it will certainly be interesting to see how this transit system continues to evolve! And remember, you can always share your opinions with your municipality.

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This post was written by Derek Timmons

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