The regional Highway 3 Connector between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge resumed operations Aug. 4.
It is the first time the bus has done the route since pausing on June 1 due to the efforts to help flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve.
“Highway3 Connector is pleased to announce that due to high demand, we are set to resume our Medicine Hat and Lethbridge shuttle service on August 4th,” says On-It Regional Transit’s Director, Craig Loose. “When making the decision as to whether service would resume this year, the health and safety of our passengers and staff remained our top priority; we are fortunate to be able to draw upon the experience of successfully re-launching our On-It Banff/Canmore service in June and are incorporating many of the same protocols for Highway3Connector’s highly anticipated return to the road.”
The service has implemented enhanced cleaning and safety initiatives.
There will be mandatory face masks for all passengers, physical distancing guidelines will be in place for the entire rider experience, thorough sanitation will be done of all high contact areas and hand sanitizer will be available.
Scheduling changes were also made in the relaunch to includes stops now at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, Medicine Hat Mall and in Lethbridge at Pure Casino, Chinook Hospital or Park Place Mall.
The Highway 3 Connector is also taking walk-on passengers on a limited basis.
Passengers looking to utilize the walk-on service must call 1-877-367-4993 to confirm walk-on availability ahead of their desired pickup time.
The shuttle bus service serves eight communities between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and serves 165,000 people living along the Highway 3 corridor.
The Rural Transportation Pilot Program was meant to improve public transportation between Alberta’s mid-sized urban centres and their surrounding communities.
Details about the service, including schedules, stops, and fares are available at highway3connector.ca.