Medicine Hat Transit

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Area served Medicine Hat, AB
Founded July 1, 1970 as Medicine Hat Transit System (from Medicine Hat Transportation Company)
Fleet size 19 (Conventional bus)
12 (Special Transit)
Number of routes 11 (Peak)
8 (Non-peak)
Ridership
  • 1,300,000 (2016) (+1% from 2012) [1]
  • 1,287,500 (2012) (+30% from 2009)[2]
Union ATU Local 1374

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

History

Service began on July 1, 1970, replacing the Medicine Hat Transportation Company.

The current transit garage was completed in 1979. The old garage, a World War II-era hangar at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, was condemned and demolished the same year.

The first wheelchair-accessible bus, 780, entered service in 1985. It introduced a prototype of the 'flame' livery.

Construction of the transit terminal started in 1986 and opened in early 1988.

In 1987, the 'flame' livery was adopted. It was first applied to 754 after its conversion to methanol fuel.

Special Transit as it exists today started on March 16, 1992.

In 2008, a new 'wave' livery was introduced on 781-783 (2nd).

The transit garage was expanded and made fully CNG ready between 2013 and 2015. This nearly doubled the garage's capacity.

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.[3]

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

On September 18, 2019, the Medicine Hat Sunshine Trolley opened. This is a tourist shuttle that visits various attractions throughout the city, the tourist information centre, various hotels, and downtown. This service is run separately from Medicine Hat Transit, but both are run by the city. This bus is driven by a Prairie Sprinter driver on one day, and a Medicine Hat Transit driver on the next.

COVID-19

On March 30, 2020, Medicine Hat Transit announced that, effective immediately, all able-bodied passengers were required to board via the rear doors only. No fare would be collected. Like many other transit systems, every other seat is taped off in order to promote social distancing.

Effective April 6, 2020, weekday service follows the non-peak Saturday schedule; weekend service, Sunday schedule.

Operators in the Medicine Hat area

  • Medicine Hat Ferry - A ferry that ran across the South Saskatchewan River between 1883 and 1908. Replaced by the Finlay Bridge.
  • Medicine Hat Transportation Company - City bus service. Service started on 2 November, 1953. Acquired by the City of Medicine Hat in June, 1970 and became Medicine Hat Transit.

Alternative Energy Program

Methanol

See also: Project MILE

The Project MILE logo on the side of 754 (1st).

Medicine Hat Transit started its original alternative fuel program in 1986, as a part of Project MILE (Methanol In Large Engines). Between 1987 and 1994, eight buses were converted to run entirely on methanol fuel.

In 1987, two New Looks were converted to methanol by Medicine Hat Transit. These were the very first methanol buses in Medicine Hat. The six MCI Classic buses ordered in 1989 and 1990 were converted to methanol before delivery.

This program was cancelled in 1991, after six employees experienced effects of methane poisoning [4]. 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. Come spring, ETS's CNG trial buses were retired and sold to the Hat. They entered service in July, 2015.

At this point, the conventional bus fleet was 50% CNG. The original plan was to have it be completely 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 diesel 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.

See also: List of Medicine Hat Transit Bus Stops

Current routes

Peak routes

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

  • 10 - Northeast Crescent Heights
  • 11 - Northwest Crescent Heights
  • 20 - River Flats
  • 21 - Hospital
  • 22 - South Hill
  • 31 - Dunmore Road
  • 40 - Downtown via College
  • 41 - Strachan Bay via College
  • 50 - Ross Glen
  • 60 - Southridge
  • 62 - Southlands

Off-peak routes

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

  • 10 - Northeast Crescent Heights
  • 11 - Northwest Crescent Heights
  • 20 - River Flats
  • 21 - Hospital
  • 22 - South Hill
  • 30 - Dunmore Road
  • 53 - Ross Glen
  • 61 - Southridge

Special Routes

  • Notre Dame school special - Weekdays during the school year
  • Holy Family Parish shuttle - Every Sunday
  • Echo Dale Park shuttle (also known as Medicine Hat Beach Bound Bus) - Seasonal, hasn't run since 2017

Former routes

Current System

  • 12 North-South direct
  • 40 College / Downtown
  • 41 College / Mall
  • 50 Ross Glen Northbound
  • 51 Ross Glen Southbound
  • 51 Ross Glen/Mall

Note: the only changes to occur on routes 40 and 41 were in name. This happened on January 30, 2020.

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)

1980's/1990's

Incomplete, found in photos.

  • College/Northwest Crescent Heights
  • Cypress Way
  • Dunmore Road
  • Flats/Kensington
  • Hospital
  • Ross Glen
  • Shopper's Express (later became Dunmore Road)
  • South Ridge

1993

As appeared on the rollsign of 769.

  • Airport
  • College/Northwest Crescent Heights
  • Dunmore Road/Northeast Crescent Heights
  • Hospital
  • Kensington/Flats
  • Stampede
  • Ross Glen/Southridge

2008

From a 2008 edit on this page.

Peak:

  • Crescent Heights/Downtown
  • Crescent Heights B
  • Hospital
  • Flats
  • Kensington
  • Dunmore Road
  • College
  • Ross Glen
  • South Ridge

Off-Peak:

  • 1A Northeast Crescent Heights
  • 1B Flats and Northwest Crescent Heights
  • 2A Hospital and Riverside
  • 2B South Hill
  • 3A Downtown to MH College/MH Mall/Wal-Mart
  • 3B MH Mall/Crestwood/Downtown
  • 4A South Ridge to MH Mall/MH College
  • 4B Ross Glen to MH Mall

Fares

As of June 15, 2020, a temporary fare of $1 per trip will be charged. No transfers are available, and all passes are discontinued.

Fare free service ran from April 6 to June 14, 2020.

Pre-pandemic 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 $43.75 $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 Bus Roster

Includes units with the internal fleet numbers P07**.

Current Conventional Roster

All units are equipped with bike racks.

Fleet Number Thumbnail Built Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
743-747 Medicine Hat Transit 747 (3rd)-a.jpg 2019 Grande West Vicinity 30' Cummins B6.7 ZF 6AP1020B
748-753 Medicine Hat Transit 752 (3rd)-a.jpg 2019 Grande West Vicinity 30' CNG Cummins Westport B6.7N ZF 6AP1020B
754-759 Medicine Hat Transit 758-a.jpg 2014 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R6
760-761 Medicine Hat Transit 761-a.jpg 2012 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R6

Retired Conventional Roster

Sorted in order of acquisition.

School buses ran both on regular routes and school runs contracted by the Medicine Hat Public School Division No. 76.

Fleet Number Thumbnail Built Retired Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
728-730 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 28-a.jpg 1956 1974 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
731 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 31-a.jpg 1959 1975 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
732-733 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 33-a.jpg 1961 1976 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
734-736 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 36-a.jpg 1963 1978 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
737-740 were retired before being passed on to MHT
741 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 41-a.jpg 1960 1980 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
742-744 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 44-a.jpg 1969 1984-1988 GMC TGH-3502 GMC 270 cubic in. Allison AT-540
745-747 Medicine Hat Transit 745-a.jpg 1974 1990 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
748-749 1975 1990 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
750-753 Medicine Hat Transit 751-a.jpg 1976 1989-2000 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
  • 752 to the City of Medicine Hat 1045
  • 752 converted into camper bus by Gas City Metals.
754-756 Medicine Hat Transit 754-a.jpg 1979 2000 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
719-730 1975-79 1984 Chevrolet
Wayne
B-Series
Lifeguard
Chevrolet 6.0L V8 Allison AT-475
  • 66 Passenger
731-732 1980 1984 Chevrolet
Wayne
B-Series
Lifeguard
Detroit Diesel 8.2L V8 Allison AT-475
  • 66 Passenger
757 Medicine Hat Transit 757-a.jpg 1980 2000 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
733 1981 1984 Chevrolet
Wayne
B-Series
Lifeguard
Detroit Diesel 8.2L V8 Allison AT-475
  • 66 Passenger
758-759 1981 1994-2000 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
760-762 Medicine Hat Transit 760-a.jpg 1987 2006 GMDD TC40-102N Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
763-765 Medicine Hat Transit 764-a.jpg 1989 2006-2009 MCI TC40-102N Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Converted to methanol before delivery.
766-768 Medicine Hat Transit 766-a.jpg 1990 2006-2011 MCI TC40-102N Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • Converted to methanol before delivery.
770 Medicine Hat Transit 770-a.jpg 1995 2010 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
771 Medicine Hat Transit 771-a.jpg 1997 2006 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
772-774 Medicine Hat Transit 773-a.jpg 1998 2006-2011 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 2006-2011 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • 778 retired due to a fire.
740-741 Medicine Hat Transit 741-a.jpg 2000 2016 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R
742-744 Medicine Hat Transit 742-a.jpg 2002 2016-2017 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • 743 was the last active unit
745-747 Medicine Hat Transit 745-b.jpg 2005 2016-2019 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R5
  • 747 was the last active unit.
  • Replaced by the 2019 Vicinity order.
  • First units with electronic destination signs.
781-783 Medicine Hat Transit 781-a.jpg 2008 2015 ElDorado EZ Rider II MAX Cummins ISB Allison B300R
784-785 Medicine Hat Transit 784-a.jpg 2009 2015 ElDorado EZ Rider II MAX Cummins ISB Allison B300R
748-750 Medicine Hat Transit 750-a.jpg 2009 2020 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R6
751-753 Medicine Hat Transit 753-a.jpg 2010 2020 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R6

Special Transit

Includes units with the internal fleet numbers P06**.

Note: special transit buses are occasionally found on regular routes if there are no spares left.

Current Special Transit Roster

Fleet Number Thumbnail Built Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Livery Notes
715 Medicine Hat Transit 715-a.jpeg 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8L Flex Fuel 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Used with special transit and as a worker shuttle.
716 Medicine Hat Transit 716-a.jpg Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8L Flex Fuel 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Used with special transit and as a worker shuttle.
720-726 Medicine Hat Transit 720 (2nd)-a.jpg 2019 Ram Trucks
New England Wheels
ProMaster
Frontrunner
Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Purchased via Overland Custom Coach.[5]
732 Medicine Hat Transit 732-a.jpeg 2012 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
731, 733-734 Medicine Hat Transit 731-b.jpg 2013 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
735 Medicine Hat Transit 735-a.jpg 2014 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Updated styling.
736 Medicine Hat Transit 736-b.jpg 2015 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM23D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Updated styling.

Retired Special Transit Roster

  • Gloribus service ran from the 1970 to 1992. It was wheelchair accessible. This service was also sometimes referred to as Glory Bus.
  • Special Transit service in its current form started on March 16, 1992.

Notes:

  • This roster is sorted in the order of acquisition by the city.
Fleet Number Thumbnail Built Retired Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
714 1970's 1990's Grumman 23-passenger minibus 350 Cu. In. V8 Gasoline 3-speed manual
  • Photo
  • Licence plate FFX-485
715-716 1980 1980, 1986 ? Passenger Van
  • Delivered and entered service on July 12, 1980.
  • One unit was destroyed by fire on July 12, 1980.
717 1970's 1985 ?
  • Ex. Morris, Manitoba.
  • Replaced the van that was destroyed on July 12, 1980.
718 1981 1986 ? Passenger Van
780 (1st) Medicine Hat Transit 780-a.jpg 1985 2000 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
  • First low-floor bus in Medicine Hat
781-782 Medicine Hat Transit 782-a.jpg 1986 2002 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
783 1987 2005 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
785 Medicine Hat Transit 785-a.jpg 1991 2005 OBI Orion II
(02.502)
Navistar T444E Allison AT-545
769 Medicine Hat Transit 769-a.jpg 1993 2006 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Navistar T444E Allison AT-545
771 Medicine Hat Transit 771-a.jpg 1997 2006 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • Formerly ran on regular routes, later assigned solely to special transit.
  • 772 and 778 retired due to unrelated fires.
772-774 Medicine Hat Transit 773-a.jpg 1998 2006-2011 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
775-779, 780 (2nd) Medicine Hat Transit 777-a.jpg 1999 2006-2011 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
730 (1st) Medicine Hat Transit 730-b.jpg 2000 2012 Ford E-350 Van (extended body) Ford Ford
731 Medicine Hat Transit 731-a.jpg 2000 2010 Ford
Overland
ELF 125 Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3 L 235 hp Ford 4R100 4 speed
732-733 Medicine Hat Transit 733-a.jpg 2002 2010 Ford
Overland
ELF 125 Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3 L 235 hp Ford 4R100 4 speed
734-737 Medicine Hat Transit 737-a.jpg 2005 2012 Ford
Overland
ELF 125 Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3 L 235 hp Ford TorqShift 5R110 5 speed
728-729 Medicine Hat Transit 728-a.jpg 2005 2016-2018 Ford
Corbeil
E-450
F158DWCM5
Ford Powerstroke V8 Ford TorqShift 5R110 5 speed
720-721 Medicine Hat Transit 720-a.jpeg 2009 2020 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic
  • 720 had a back window.
  • 721 had a back door.
722-725, 730 Medicine Hat Transit 725-a.jpg 2010 2020 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM28D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic
  • All had back windows.
  • All but 730 had rear destination signs.
  • 730 totaled in collision on July 26, 2019.[7]
726-727 Medicine Hat Transit 727-a.jpg 2009 2015 IC Bus
Goshen
3200
Sentinel HD 3200
International MaxxForce 7 Allison 2200 PTS
  • Last high-floor buses ordered

Demonstrator Roster

Fleet Number Thumbnail Built Demonstration Date Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2001 10/1983 January 11-14, 1984 GMDD TC40-102N Classic Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730

[8]

  • GMC demo bus
  • Leased for $10
  • VIN: 2GHYT82W3E3500013
(No number) April to May, 2016 New Flyer Industries MD30
MiDi
Cummins ISB 6.7 Allison B300R

[9]

(No number) 2016 August 20, 2019 Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins ISB 6.7 ZF 6AP1020B
  • Grande West demo bus/35' prototype
  • Shown to transit staff, not used in service

Trivia

Numbering system

See also: City of Medicine Hat numbering system

  • The 700-719 range are support vehicles. Units 715 and 716 are also used for Special Transit duties.
  • The 720-739 range are Special Transit units.
  • The 740-789 range are heavy duty buses used primarily on regular routes contracted/special services (such as the Notre Dame school run).
  • Presumably, the 790-799 range is either reserved for trailers or used as overflow, but because only two units are known to exist in this range, it is difficult to determine with any kind of certainty.

See Also

  • Medicine Hat Ferry - A ferry that ran across the South Saskatchewan River between 1893 and 1908. Replaced by the Finlay Bridge.

External links

References

  1. https://www.medicinehat.ca/home/showdocument?id=13585 Transit Improvements Background. Published August, 2017, retrieved October 31, 2019.
  2. https://medicinehat.ca/Home/ShowDocument?id=5055 Public Services Committee Meeting. Published May 14, 2013, retrieved October 26, 2019.
  3. Medicine Hat Transit Reverts Back - News Release, Oct 31, 2017, Medicine Hat Transit
  4. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/court-rules-against-sick-transit-workers-1.251277 Court Rules Against Sick Transit Workers, published September 15, 2000, retrieved September 26, 2019
  5. FS18-106 Supply Seven (7) new Special Transit Units, City of Medicine Hat, retrieved 11/03/2018.
  6. https://www.medicinehat.ca/home/showdocument?id=8223 Capital Summary New and Replacement Vehicles. Published 2014, retrieved October 25, 2019.
  7. https://medicinehatnews.com/news/local-news/2019/07/27/dunmore-road-car-bus-crash-hospitalizes-woman/ Dunmore Road Car/Bus Crash Hospitalizes Woman. Published July 27, 2019, retrieved October 12, 2019.
  8. Hatters Test Transit Bus. Published January 11, 1984 by the Medicine Hat News, retrieved December 10, 2019. Courtesy of the Esplanade archives, accession number M2017.03.02, box 1, 1984 file
  9. https://www.medicine-hat.ca/Home/Components/News/News/2541/30?seldept=32&arch=1&__ncforminfo=nWL-XaoeTTUXaidZCnBsaMxJO0_aUb_q2jVSzMJJoQNheJmDVdU854Ds7VwBQjtVmTbLk2v8QgvsOVpzxM3vrjT4vTbDN3_4jHnd2tzwmjw= MH Transit Test Drive New Flyer MiDi Bus. Published March 30, 2016, retrieved October 30, 2019.
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Operational

Routes 10 Northeast Crescent Heights, 11 Northwest Crescent Heights, 20 River Flats, 21 Hospital, 22 South Hill, 30 Dunmore Road (non-peak), 31 Dunmore Road (peak), 40 Downtown via College (peak), 41 Strachan Bay via College (peak), 50 Ross Glen (peak), 53 Ross Glen (non-peak), 60 Southridge (peak), 61 Southridge (non-peak), 62 Southlands (peak)
Stops 'C' Prefix (central), 'N' Prefix (north), 'S' Prefix (south)
Conventional Fleet Roster
Active 743-747, 748-753, 754-759, 760-761
Retired 728-730, 731, 732-733, 734-736, 741 (1st), 742-744 (1st), 745-747 (1st), 748-749 (1st), 750-753 (1st), 754-756 (1st), 757 (1st), 758-759 (1st), 760-762 (1st) 763-765, 766-768, 770, 771, 772-774, 775-779, 780 (2nd),
740-741 (2nd), 742-744 (2nd), 745-747 (2nd), 748-750 (2nd), 751-753 (2nd), 781-783 (2nd), 784-785 (2nd)
Special Transit Roster
Active 715, 716, 731, 732, 733-734, 735, 736
Retired 714, 715-716 (1st), 717, 718, 720-721 (2nd), 722-725, 730 (2nd), 726-727, 728-729, 730 (1st), 731, 732-733, 734-737, 769, 780, 781-782, 783, 785
Other (All-time)
Support Vehicles 700, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716 (1st), 716 (2nd), 719, 730 (1st), 798, 799
School Buses 719-733
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Buses
Active

330

Retired

1044, 1045

Public Transit in Medicine Hat
Current Operators

City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Transit, Southland Transportation

Former Operators

Blair's Bus Lines (private)
Medicine Hat Ferry
Medicine Hat Transportation Company (Private)
Redcliff Bus Lines (Private)
Red Cliff - Medicine Hat Bus Company