Medicine Hat Transit

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Medicine Hat Transit is the provider of public transportation in the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

History

Service began in 1975, replacing the Medicine Hat Transportation Company.

In 1987, the 'flame' livery was adopted. It was first applied to 760-762.

In 2008, a new 'wave' livery was introduced on 780-783.

On September 5, 2017, Medicine Hat Transit revised their new route network to a system with two core routes and three feeder routes. This replaced the previous fifteen route system. On September 18, 2017, Medicine Hat City Council approved a motion to revert back to the previous route network, with the revised network taking effect on November 27, 2017.[1]

Starting in April, 2019, Medicine Hat Transit introduced GPS tracking on all buses. This service is run through DoubleMap.

Alternative Energy Program

Methanol

Medicine Hat Transit started its original alternative fuel program in 1985. Between 1986 and 1994, eight buses were converted to run in methanol fuel.

In 1986, two New Looks were converted to methanol by Medicine Hat Transit. These were the very first methanol buses in Medicine Hat. Six out of the next nine buses ordered between 1987 and 1990 were converted to methanol by their respective factories.

This program was cancelled in 1991. All methanol buses were converted back to diesel, and the last bus ran on methanol in December of 1994.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

In 2013, the city's current program was put into effect. The first factory-new CNG buses arrived in 2014 and entered service in winter, 2014-15. Two more CNG buses (ex. ETS CNG trial buses) were bought. They entered service in July, 2015.

At this point, the conventional bus fleet was 50% CNG. The original plan was to have it be 100% CNG by 2020, but this plan was cancelled when no other CNG fueling stations had opened in the city. Instead, transit decided on making the fleet be 2/3 CNG. This way, service can be achieved by putting special transit buses into service (in place of the alternate fuel buses) in the event of a long-term fueling problem.

The November 5, 2018 budget saw 6 additional CNG buses ordered, along with 5 other diesel buses; these for replacement of all current conventional diesel buses.

Routes

Medicine Hat Transit 'Ride Guide' (route maps and schedules), updated March, 2019.

Current routes

Peak routes

Peak routes operate Monday to Friday between 6:45 am and 6:45 pm.

  • 10 - NE Crescent Heights
  • 11 - NW Crescent Heights
  • 20 - Flats
  • 21 - Hospital
  • 22 - South Hill
  • 31 - Dunmore Road
  • 40 - College / Downtown
  • 41 - College / Mall
  • 50 - Ross Glen
  • 60 - South Ridge
  • 62 - Southlands

Off-peak routes

Off-peak routes operate on weekdays after 6:45 pm, and all day on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.

  • 10 - NE Crescent Heights
  • 11 - NW Crescent Heights
  • 20 - Flats
  • 21 - Hospital
  • 22 - South Hill
  • 30 - Dunmore Road
  • 53 - Ross Glen
  • 61 - South Ridge

Former routes

Current System

  • 12 North-South direct
  • 50 Ross Glen Northbound
  • 51 Ross Glen Southbound
  • 51 Ross Glen/Mall

2017 Network

These were identified with a number, colour, and a shape. The destination signs showed service areas (ex. South Hill/NW Crescent Heights/Tower Estates/Light Industrial/3 Green).

  • Primary routes:
    • 1 Blue (circle)
    • 2 Red (square)
  • Secondary (feeder) routes:
    • 3 Green (triangle)
    • 4 Purple (diamond)
    • 5 Orange (pentagon)

Fares

Age Group Transfer Monthly Pass Special Transit
0-5 Free Free Not eligible
6-17 $3.25 $38.75 $3.25 one way. Only available to ages 16+
18-64 $3.25 $71.25 $3.25 one way
65+ $3.25 $3.25 one way

Current

Facilities

Office

  • Address: 333 6 Ave. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H2
  • Email: mhtransit@medicinehat.ca
  • Fax: 403-527-5844
  • Phone:
    • General Inquiries: 403-529-8214
    • Transit Information: 403-525-8899
    • Transit Manager: 403-529-8216

Downtown Terminal

  • Address: 333 6 Ave. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H2

Garage

  • Address: 460 Spencer Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Y7

Storage Compound

  • Address: 209 Marshall Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Y8

Conventional

Current roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
745-747 Medicine Hat Transit 745-b.jpg 2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • To be replaced by the 2019 Vicinity order
  • Only 747 remains
748-750 Medicine Hat Transit 750-a.jpg 2009 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • To be replaced by the 2019 Vicinity order
751-753 Medicine Hat Transit 753-a.jpg 2010 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • To be replaced by the 2019 Vicinity order
  • 751's transmission replaced 2019
754-759 Medicine Hat Transit 758-a.jpg 2014 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
760-761 Medicine Hat Transit 761-a.jpg 2012 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(5 units) Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7
  • To replace current diesel fleet[2]
(6 units) Grande West Vicinity 35' CNG Cummins Westport B6.7N
  • To replace current diesel fleet[2]
  • Presumed specs

Retired roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
740-741 Medicine Hat Transit 741-a.jpg 2000 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R
741 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 41-a.jpg 1960 GMC TGH-3102 Old Look Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison AT-540
742-744 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 44-a.jpg 1969 GMC TGH-3502 Old Look Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison AT-540
742-744 Medicine Hat Transit 742-a.jpg 2002 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
745-747 Medicine Hat Transit 745-a.jpg 1974 GMDD T6H-4523N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
748-749 1975 GMDD T6H-4523N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
750-753 Medicine Hat Transit 751-a.jpg 1976 GMDD T6H-4523N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
  • 752 to the City of Medicine Hat 1045
754-756 Medicine Hat Transit 754-a.jpg 1979 GMDD T6H-5307N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
757 Medicine Hat Transit 757-a.jpg 1980 GMDD T6H-5307N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
758-759 1981 GMDD T6H-5307N New Look Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
760-762 Medicine Hat Transit 760-a.jpg 1987 GMDD TC40-102N Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Some units were converted to methanol before delivery.
763-765 Medicine Hat Transit 764-a.jpg 1989 MCI TC40-102N Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Some units were converted to methanol before delivery.
766-768 Medicine Hat Transit 766-a.jpg 1990 MCI TC40-102N Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Some units were converted to methanol before delivery.
770 Medicine Hat Transit 770-a.jpg 1995 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
771 Medicine Hat Transit 771-a.jpg 1997 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
772-774 Medicine Hat Transit 773-a.jpg 1998 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • 772 retired due to a fire.
775-779, 780 (2nd) Medicine Hat Transit 777-a.jpg 1999 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • 778 retired due to a fire.
781-783 Medicine Hat Transit 781-a.jpg 2008 ElDorado EZ Rider II MAX Cummins ISB Allison B300R
784-785 Medicine Hat Transit 784-a.jpg 2009 ElDorado EZ Rider II MAX Cummins ISB Allison B300R

Paratransit

Current roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Livery Notes
720-721 Medicine Hat Transit 720-a.jpeg 2009 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • In process of retirement
  • 720 has back window
  • 721 has back door
722-725, 730 Medicine Hat Transit 725-a.jpg 2010 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • In process of retirement
  • All have back windows
  • All but 730 have rear destination signs
  • 730 damaged in collision on July 26, 2019.
731, 733-734 Medicine Hat Transit 731-b.jpg 2013 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
732 Medicine Hat Transit 732-a.jpeg 2012 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
735 2014 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
736 2015 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(7 units) ?
Glaval
  • Tender awarded to Overland Custom Coach.[3]

Retired roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
714 Unknown Unknown Unknown
  • Licence plate FFX-485
  • Retired before 2006
726-727 Medicine Hat Transit 727-a.jpg 2009 IC Bus
Goshen
3200
Sentinel HD 3200
  • Last high-floor buses ordered
728-729 Medicine Hat Transit 728-a.jpg 2005 Ford
Corbeil
E-450
731 Medicine Hat Transit 731-a.jpg 2000 Ford
Overland
ELF
732-733 Medicine Hat Transit 733-a.jpg 2002 Ford
Overland
ELF
734-737 Medicine Hat Transit 737-a.jpg 2005 Ford
Overland
ELF
769 Medicine Hat Transit 769-a.jpg 1993 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
780 (1st) Medicine Hat Transit 780-a.jpg 1985 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Allison AT-545
781-782 Medicine Hat Transit 782-a.jpg 1986 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Allison AT-545
783 1987 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Detroit Diesel 8.2L Allison AT-545
785 Medicine Hat Transit 785-a.jpg 1991 OBI Orion II
(02.502)
Allison AT-545

Support Vehicles

See Medicine Hat Transit Support Vehicles

External links

References

  1. Medicine Hat Transit Reverts Back - News Release, Oct 31, 2017, Medicine Hat Transit
  2. 2.0 2.1 FS18-105 Supply Eleven (11) 35 - 40 ft Transit Buses, City of Medicine Hat, retrieved 11/03/2018.
  3. FS18-106 Supply Seven (7) new Special Transit Units, City of Medicine Hat, retrieved 11/03/2018.