The Town of Cochrane in partnership with Southland Transportation is planning to launch a transit integration of fixed local COLT routes with an enhanced On-It regional service in the late fall/early winter of 2022.

The initial plan includes four dynamic fixed COLT route buses during peak periods (roughly 6:00am – 9:00am & 4:00pm – 7:00pm) that connect to Cochrane’s new Transit and Innovation Hub (360 Railway St. W.). At the Transit/Innovation Hub, riders will be able to connect across Cochrane and to/from Calgary on the following routes:

 

  • Transit Hub to Brentwood LRT Station/UofC – 6 trips per weekday + possible midday trip
  • Transit Hub to SAIT and Downtown – 4 trips per weekday
  • Potential summer route to Banff – trip frequency TBD

Tickets are available here

When does the service launch?

The service was planned to launch mid-2020, however due to COVID-19, the launch of the new integrated regional service has been delayed until regional demand increases. Currently, the Town and Southland are offering an Interim Regional Service. More details can be found here.

What are the routes and schedules?

The local/regional service integration will be a phased implementation to allow for the most data gathering and flexibility, so the services can be catered to needs of our community. First, more on-demand vehicle hours will be added into service with scheduled transfers that meet the regional service schedule at The Station. Second, as demand grows dynamic routes which run to select stops that have been requested could be added. Finally, fixed routes could be added if there are clear demand patterns that warrant a fixed route.

View the interactive Tentative Fixed Routes Map.

 

Why Brentwood LRT Station?

Brentwood has been selected in collaboration with Calgary Transit because it is a hub for the Max Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. The MAX system will allow passengers to connect across the city on express routes that do not go through downtown. It will also reduce the number of transfers for many passengers and not add unnecessary CTrain passengers between Crowfoot and Brentwood. Also, Brentwood allows University of Calgary students to take the bus directly to the university without needing a Calgary Transit UPass.