Help shape the future of transit in Cochrane

About the Public Transit Study

This study aims to evaluate Cochrane's transit service delivery. It will include technical assessments of the existing system, public transit best practices, and lessons learned from other communities.

Residents play an advisory role in the project, meaning Cochrane will be collecting your experience and insight. The outcomes of this study will provide Council with options on what the future of public transit could look like within varying budget parameters.

Phase 1 Engagement

Thanks to everyone who provided their expectations of Cochrane's transit service.

From a workshop to pop-up engagements, and online and hard copy surveys at key locations, Cochrane residents had many opportunities to share their input from May 17 to June 9 2024.

The What We Heard Report will be available this July.

Phase 2 Engagement

A second round of engagement to inform transit recommendations will occur late Summer.

About COLT

Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit (COLT) launched October 2019. This pilot program was considered a first step transit solution for Cochrane as it could adopt fixed routes or add taxi services as required, at one-third the cost of a fixed transit system.

Ridership on COLT has increased year-over-year, providing 68,000 rides in 2023. The increased demand has made it challenging to provide a reliable and consistent level of on-demand service within the existing budget and service delivery model. Learn more about COLT.

This on-demand service was the first of its kind in Canada. After five years of service delivery, Cochrane is seeking to re-evaluate the existing operating model.



About the Public Transit Study

This study aims to evaluate Cochrane's transit service delivery. It will include technical assessments of the existing system, public transit best practices, and lessons learned from other communities.

Residents play an advisory role in the project, meaning Cochrane will be collecting your experience and insight. The outcomes of this study will provide Council with options on what the future of public transit could look like within varying budget parameters.

Phase 1 Engagement

Thanks to everyone who provided their expectations of Cochrane's transit service.

From a workshop to pop-up engagements, and online and hard copy surveys at key locations, Cochrane residents had many opportunities to share their input from May 17 to June 9 2024.

The What We Heard Report will be available this July.

Phase 2 Engagement

A second round of engagement to inform transit recommendations will occur late Summer.

About COLT

Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit (COLT) launched October 2019. This pilot program was considered a first step transit solution for Cochrane as it could adopt fixed routes or add taxi services as required, at one-third the cost of a fixed transit system.

Ridership on COLT has increased year-over-year, providing 68,000 rides in 2023. The increased demand has made it challenging to provide a reliable and consistent level of on-demand service within the existing budget and service delivery model. Learn more about COLT.

This on-demand service was the first of its kind in Canada. After five years of service delivery, Cochrane is seeking to re-evaluate the existing operating model.



  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Currently, there are several public transportation options available:

    • COLT provides on-demand transit within Cochrane
    • Rocky View Paratransit provides paratransit services in Cochrane and the region
    • On-It connects Cochrane with Calgary
    • SWIFT provides transit between Mini Thni, Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino, Chiniki Gas Bar, and Cochrane

    * Both COLT and Rocky View Paratransit are tax-funded services. 


    The purpose of this survey is to understand community expectations of Cochrane's transit service. 


    The survey will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete and requires you to register to take part. The Town of Cochrane asks participants to register to complete the survey to ensure there is one response per registrant and that every registrant lives in Cochrane. Participant responses are not tied to their information/registration in the survey report. It's also important for us to hear from a wide range of people, of all ages and backgrounds. By registering and providing voluntary demographic data, you help us to make sure the feedback we receive reflects the variety of people who live, work, and learn in Cochrane.


    Your input will help inform the recommendations for future transit options provided to Council later this year. 


    The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. Your personal information may be used by the Town of Cochrane for the purpose the information was collected or compiled or for a use consistent with that purpose. Your personal and financial information will be managed in accordance with FOIP. If you have any questions about the collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, please see this link: https://www.cochrane.ca/government/freedom-information.

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