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Medicine Hat Transit Logo-a.png
Area served Medicine Hat, AB
Founded June, 1970 as Medicine Hat Transit System (from Medicine Hat Transportation Company)
Fleet size 14 (Conventional bus)
12 (Special Transit)
Number of routes 11 (Peak)
8 (Non-peak)
Ridership 1,247,000 (2009)[1]

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

History

Service began in June of 1970, replacing the Medicine Hat Transportation Company.

In 1987, the 'flame' livery was adopted. It was first applied to 760-762 (1st). A prototype red livery was introduced on 780 (1st) in 1985.

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

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.[2]

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.

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

Medicine Hat Transit started its original alternative fuel program in 1985. Between 1986 and 1994, eight buses were converted to run on 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, after six employees experienced effects of methane poisoning [3]. 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)

1980's/1990's

Incomplete, found in photos.

  • College/Northwest Crescent Heights
  • Dunmore Road
  • Flats/Kensington
  • Hospital
  • Ross Glen
  • 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

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

Current Conventional Roster

All units are equipped with bike racks.

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

Retired Conventional Roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
728-730 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 28-a.jpg 1956 GMC TGH-3102
731 1959 GMC TGH-3102
732-733 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 33-a.jpg 1961 GMC TGH-3102
734-736 Medicine Hat Transportation Company 36-a.jpg 1963 GMC TGH-3102
737-740 1947 GMC TDH-3610
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 4-71? 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

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
740-744? Grande West Vicinity 35' Cummins B6.7
  • To replace current diesel fleet[4]
(6 units) Grande West Vicinity 35' CNG Cummins Westport B6.7N
  • To replace current diesel fleet[4]
(7 units) ?
Glaval
  • Tender awarded to Overland Custom Coach.[5]

Special Transit

Note: special transit buses are occasionally found on regular routes, and midibuses are often found on both special transit runs and regular routes.

Current Special Transit Roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Livery Notes
715 Medicine Hat Transit 715-a.jpeg 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.
720-721 Medicine Hat Transit 720-a.jpeg 2009 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic 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
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • In process of retirement
  • All have back windows
  • All but 730 have rear destination signs
  • 730 totaled in collision on July 26, 2019, retired.[6]
732 Medicine Hat Transit 732-a.jpeg 2012 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM26D
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
SOM26D
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
SOM26D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Updated styling
736 Medicine Hat Transit 736-a.jpg 2015 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM21D
GMC Duramax 6.6L GM 6 speed automatic Medicine Hat Transit wave stripe livery.png
  • Updated styling

Retired Special Transit Roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
714 Unknown Unknown Unknown
  • Photo
  • Licence plate FFX-485
  • Retired before 2006
726-727 Medicine Hat Transit 727-a.jpg 2009 IC Bus
Goshen
3200
Sentinel HD 3200
International MaxxForce 7 Allison 2200 PTS
  • Last high-floor buses ordered
728-729 Medicine Hat Transit 728-a.jpg 2005 Ford
Corbeil
E-450 Ford
731 Medicine Hat Transit 731-a.jpg 2000 Ford
Overland
ELF Ford
732-733 Medicine Hat Transit 733-a.jpg 2002 Ford
Overland
ELF Ford
734-737 Medicine Hat Transit 737-a.jpg 2005 Ford
Overland
ELF Ford
769 Medicine Hat Transit 769-a.jpg 1993 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Navistar T444E Allison AT-545
771 Medicine Hat Transit 771-a.jpg 1997 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • Formerly ran on regular routes, later assigned solely to special transit.
772-774 Medicine Hat Transit 773-a.jpg 1998 Champion Solo Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-643
  • 772 retired due to a fire.
  • Formerly ran on regular routes, later assigned solely to special transit.
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.
  • Formerly ran on regular routes, later assigned solely to special transit.
780 (1st) Medicine Hat Transit 780-a.jpg 1985 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
  • First low-floor buses in Medicine Hat
781-782 Medicine Hat Transit 782-a.jpg 1986 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
783 1987 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
GMC 8.2L Allison AT-545
785 Medicine Hat Transit 785-a.jpg 1991 OBI Orion II
(02.502)
Navistar T444E Allison AT-545

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. [1] Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  2. Medicine Hat Transit Reverts Back - News Release, Oct 31, 2017, Medicine Hat Transit
  3. 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 FS18-105 Supply Eleven (11) 35 - 40 ft Transit Buses, City of Medicine Hat, retrieved 11/03/2018.
  5. FS18-106 Supply Seven (7) new Special Transit Units, City of Medicine Hat, retrieved 11/03/2018.
  6. 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.
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Medicine Hat Transit Logo-a.png
Conventional Fleet Roster
Active

747, 748-750, 751-753, 754-759, 760-761

Retired

740-741 (2nd), 742-744 (2nd), 745, 746 (2nd), 754-756, 757, 758-759, 760-762 763-765, 766-768, 770

Midibus Roster
Retired

Used both in regular service and with Special Transit.
728-730, 731, 732-733, 734-736, 737-740, 741, 742-744, 745-747, 748-749, 750-753, 771, 772-774, 775-779, 780 (2nd), 781-783, 784-785 (2nd)

Special Transit Roster
Active

715, 716, 720-721, 722-725, 731, 732, 733-734, 735, 736

Retired

714, 726-727, 728-729, 730, 731, 732-733, 734-737, 769, 780, 781-782, 783, 785

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Buses
Active

330

Retired

1044, 1045

Medicine Hat Transit Operators
Current

City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Transit

Past

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