We're proud to have Alberta's first fleet of double-decker buses.
Our double-decker buses:
- comfortably seat 80 passengers
- are fully accessible, low-floor transit bus
- feature high-backed, cushioned seats
- are outfitted with a bike racks
In total, Strathcona County Transit has 24 double-decker buses, costing approximately $24.3 M total. The purchase of these buses has been made possible through various grants over the past 10 years as we have grown our double-decker fleet including:
- $14.1 M in provincial funding (Green TRIP, Small Communities, and Alberta Basic Municipal Transportation grants)
- $5.5 M in Federal grants
- $4.7 M provided by Strathcona County.
The double-decker is 4.27m (14') tall
The upper deck has a clearance of 5' 7 3/8" or 168 cm. There is no standing on the upper deck.
The lower deck has a clearance of 6' 9" or 202 cm clearance at the front of the bus and 5'10" at the back.
Ride a double-decker
The double-decker buses are used for service to Edmonton on routes 401, 404, 411, 413 and 414 on weekdays.
Double-deckers generally do not run on weekends. They are used for special events in the County including the New Year's Eve Festival and Canada Day shuttle services.
Double-decker buses now depart from both Bethel Transit Terminal and Ordze Transit Centre.
If you would like to ride a double-decker bus call 780-464-RIDE (7433) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday to find out when our double-deckers are running.
1. Is the double-decker too tall?Permanent link to Is the double-decker too tall?
No. The double-decker buses only run on routes with appropriate height clearance.
2. Is the double-decker bus safe in Alberta's climate?Permanent link to Is the double-decker bus safe in Alberta's climate?
The buses are safe. They have been tested by the National Research Council of Canada for inclement weather and in extreme temperatures. The bus is very stable in high winds as it has a very low centre of gravity.
3. Is the double-decker bus low-floor accessible?Permanent link to Is the double-decker bus low-floor accessible?
Yes, the buses are equipped with accessibility ramps and low floors making them accessible for all users. There are also two positions to secure wheelchairs.
4. Who else in Canada is using a double-decker bus?Permanent link to Who else in Canada is using a double-decker bus?
The double-decker buses have been used in Canada since 1999.
British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario also use double-decker buses.
5. Will it cost me more to ride a double-decker bus?Permanent link to Will it cost me more to ride a double-decker bus?
No. The fares are the same no matter what bus model is running.
6. How do I use the upper deck and stairs?Permanent link to How do I use the upper deck and stairs?
Please remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop. The stairwell is narrow so please always give priority to passengers descending the stairs.
7. How do I request my stop?Permanent link to How do I request my stop?
All upper deck seats are equipped with overhead stop-request buttons to let the driver know to stop.
8. Where did we get the double-decker bus from?Permanent link to Where did we get the double-decker bus from?
The double-decker bus is an Enviro 500 bus purchased from the manufacturer Alexander Dennis.