All-day bus to YEG

Edmonton International Airport is becoming one of the last major Canadian airports to have all-day express bus service to the city.

Edmonton Transit and the airport authority announced the new aptly-named route 747 will launch at the end of April.

It will ferry passengers non-stop between the airport and Century Park station – the most southerly stop on Edmonton’s Light Rail Transit line.

Service is set to run between 5 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. daily, seven days a week, with a $5 one-way fare. ETS fare tickets and passes will not be valid on the route.

Buses will depart every 1/2 hour in the morning and afternoon rush hours, and hourly at other times. Coaches will be equipped with luggage racks and free wi-fi.

Currently, bus service to the airport runs only during peak hours, in conjunction with the neighbouring city of Leduc.

Edmonton International is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport, and the largest without regular bus service.

Financial terms between the city and airport authority were not disclosed, but Edmonton would not be the first airport authority to participate financially in transit service.

In the last decade, Vancouver International Airport contributed to the construction of that city’s Skytrain spur to YVR, and collects a surcharge from passengers taking the train into the city.

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