A detour meant as a temporary answer to road repair work is becoming a permanent part of a Fort Saskatchewan bus route.
The city has announced that the current route 583/red route detour from Lowe Avenue onto 98 Avenue will officially lose its temporary status on Monday (Nov. 9).
The detour has been in place since the beginning of summer to make way for road rehabilitation in the Lowe Avenue area.
Transit supervisor Anthony Dionigi said the city decided to make the change permanent after assessing how the detour affected transit users.
“And we found out that basically that transit ridership increased,” Dionigi said. “We've been in some cases experiencing some delays because of high passenger loads on the buses."
Fort Transit has added an extra half hour of local bus service in the morning, partly to meet demand from students. The city is seeing a large increase in ridership as result of the opening St. Andre Bessette Catholic high school in September.
“There are two buses that run from 5:30 until 7:55 every morning. That's been extended to 8:25 to make sure that students are getting to school on time,” Dionigi said.

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