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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Calgary Transit keeps ‘em movin’ during the Stampede

Calgary Transit pulled out all the stops to help Calgarians and visitors mosey on down to the Calgary Stampede this year by providing an extra 4,000 hours of service during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede.

CTrain service ran 24 hours a day during the 10-day Stampede, with trains operating on an enhanced schedule during the peak periods and every eight minutes during midday and evening off-peak periods. Overnight service was every 30 minutes (approximately 1:30 am - 5:30 am).

More buses were roped into service across the city. Calgary Transit ran express buses from the west side of the city and from the north to get Stampede goers to Stampede Park quickly, directly and easily. All express buses loaded and unloaded at the terminal adjacent to Erlton/Stampede Station, located at the south end of Stampede Park.

Not even the Stampede parade and Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, could stop CTrain service. Calgary Transit had all available vehicles (buses and CTrains) out of the garages and in service on parade day to help customers get around safely and efficiently. The parade yielded a record crowd of over 450,000 and many parade-goers used transit to get in and out of the downtown core.

Calgary Transit also played a critical role in Their Royal Highnesses visit to Rotary Challenger Park on Friday, July 8, bussing 2,700 passengers from McKnight-Westwinds CTrain Station to the park.

Additionally, the new Airport BRT, Route 300, unveiled just prior to Stampede was a big hit for Calgarians and tourists flocking into the city. The route runs between the downtown core and the airport along Centre Street North, 64 Avenue and Deerfoot Trail. Regular fares apply for northbound riders while there is a premium fare for those catching it at the airport.

Finally,  in time for Stampede, Calgary Transit launched credit card acceptance at CTrain Station ticket vending machines and retrofitted the machines to provide change.

Calgary Transit’s additional levels of service along side improvements to the system made catching a bus easier than hanging on for eight seconds

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