Transportation

Speeding up by slowing down: it works!

A collaborative relationship between the City of Edmonton and one of Canada’s three university smart transportation laboratories continues to pay off for Edmonton drivers. Wai Cheung, Edmonton Tran...

How public involvement helped determine the Valley Line route

When the City was in the early stages of planning the Valley Line LRT there were a wide number of route options available, each with its pluses and minuses. In order to select the most logical path fo...

Smart Bus technology just keeps on coming!

Edmonton Transit has taken one more step in the direction of making that bitterly cold mid-winter wait for your bus a thing of the past. Smart Bus technology now offers riders the ability to know when...

Traffic signal control going wireless

The City of Edmonton’s Traffic Operations Branch has taken the first steps in a big leap into the future that will see the conversion of most of its traffic signals to a wireless control system. Cur...

City’s on front edge of smart vehicle technology

It must be hard for Wai Cheung to drive a normal vehicle on normal roads knowing, as he does, what an incredible leap forward that cars and traffic control systems are so close to taking. Wai is the C...

Summer’s no down-time for Fleet Services bus technicians

You’d be forgiven if you thought that during the summer school break, when ETS needs 150 fewer buses each day, that service technicians would enjoy a more ‘relaxed’ workload. Not so. Despite the...

Firefighters getting the green light(s) for better response times

When Tyler Ryan is piloting a huge fire truck carrying 2 tons of water and a heavy inventory of emergency equipment through the full bloom of rush-hour traffic on 170th Street, there’s nothing he ha...

Metro Line opening September 6

The Metro Line is opening to public service on Sunday, September 6, 2015. This new LRT extension between downtown and NAIT has been a long time coming, and it’s bringing significant changes to Edmon...

Wheel safety program reaches new heights

In its never-ending quest for the safest possible fleet of vehicles (and drivers!), the City of Edmonton’s Fleet Services Branch has set a new standard of quality in wheel safety with what’s calle...

Get there faster. Slow down!

Wai Cheung is about to try the seemingly impossible, get drivers on the Whitemud Freeway to move faster – by slowing down. Wai’s a technical specialist with the City of Edmonton’s Transportation...

‘Too many distracted drivers,’ City driver says

Sitting high up in the cab of a huge tandem City of Edmonton truck, what you see when you look down at other drivers at red lights can be downright frightening. “I saw them all the time,” says Bri...

New fueling system: swipe, fuel and go!

It’s 30 below and windy. A City of Edmonton employee needs to fuel their City vehicle and the last thing they want to do is enter their mileage or engine hours and then remember their PIN number bef...

Road wizards conjure up life-enhancing asphalt mix

Hugh Donovan’s professional passion is to extend the lifespan of Edmonton’s roadways by one heck of a lot before he retires. And he and his staff at the City of Edmonton’s Engineering Services b...

New technology creates ‘safe zone’ around working machines

When he bought Blair Buchholtz a cup of coffee nearly two years ago, the safety products salesman wasn’t even sure if a new product line was of much value at all. “I opened their brochure and my e...

Don’t let construction keep you at home

From 104 Avenue to 97 Street to 105 Street… it seems like wherever you turn in Downtown Edmonton these days, there’s a road or lane closure due to construction. Twenty-five cranes are literally tr...

GIS bike lane mapping saves hundreds of hours

As the City of Edmonton recognized the new age popularity of bike lanes and progressively expanded the network, Doris Gin realized somebody had to pull the mapping of the lanes out of the ‘dark ages...

Testing for gas helps meet Enviso targets

Remember when buses spewing black diesel smoke were just part of urban life? That was then. This is now. These days, the last thing ETS or the City’s Fleet Services Branch want to see is anything at...

New ETS scheduling software module saves $27 million in capital costs

As investments go, this one is a slam-dunk super-win. ETS is about to integrate a $335,000 module into its highly complex bus scheduling computer application, and that module will instantly do away wi...

Innovative rubble recycling saves taxpayers $14.3 million every year

Every time one more load of asphalt or concrete rubble is trucked away from a City of Edmonton construction site, Blair Buchholtz sees another opportunity for big dollar savings, lower carbon emission...

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