BOLT Transit connects Lacombe, Blackfalds and Red Deer

Lacombe Mayor Christie and Blackfalds Mayor Stol cut the ribbon to officially launch BOLT Transit. Minister Dallas and Red Deer Mayor Veer look on.
 Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas, City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer, and Town of Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol joined Mayor Steve Christie at a ribbon-cutting turning ceremony at the Lacombe Memorial Centre to celebrate the launch of “BOLT Transit”, a public transit service that now connects the three central Alberta communities.

“I’m thrilled to see BOLT Transit become reality for the residents of Lacombe, Blackfalds and Red Deer,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale. “This inter-municipal service is exactly the kind of public transit project the Government of Alberta had in mind when we launched GreenTRIP and I congratulate all the partners on a successful collaboration.”

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend my congratulations to our partner municipalities, and thanks to the provincial government for its support,” said Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie. “This partnership is a significant achievement and a great example of regional collaboration, and it will provide an important quality of life benefit to a large number people by connecting our communities.”

“It has been very exciting for Blackfalds to be a part of the development of the BOLT public transit initiative. I am extremely proud of the collaborative work that has been done with both the City of Red Deer and the City of Lacombe to bring about a much needed service that will benefit all of the residents in our communities, including commuters, students and seniors,” said Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol.

“This service recognizes our close connections to Blackfalds and Lacombe, and our continued growth as a region,” said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “BOLT transit service offers an environmentally progressive transportation alternative for Central Alberta residents to continue to work, raise families, study, and build our economy for the benefit of all three communities. We are privileged to be able to partner with our neighbouring municipalities to the north in this initiative.”

BOLT Transit will make six round trips a day during the week and three round trips on Saturdays. This service has great potential to help riders save money though reduced parking, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.

Our new low-floor buses are energy-efficient and fully accessible, and can carry up to 38 passengers for a safer, stress-free commute. The buses also have amenities like dual bike racks at the front of the buses, and free WI-FI access available on board.

The service is being cost-shared by Lacombe and Blackfalds, while Red Deer will operate the service – including maintenance and staffing – and recover costs from Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Two buses have been secured with capital funding of $900,000, including $600,000 contributed by The City of Red Deer, obtained through the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). The remaining $300,000 has been contributed by Lacombe and Blackfalds.

For more information about BOLT Transit, including bus routes and fare schedules, please go to www.lacombe.ca/bolt.

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