Transit

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...

Parking buses at transit garages: a critical juggling act!

The average person driving by one of the City of Edmonton’s transit garages likely thinks of them as ‘bus barns’ – covered, heated parking lots for buses. However, if they spent an hour just i...

Wired buses monitor their own health, email for attention

Imagine how much better a job your doctor could do if your body sent emails every time a critical function like blood pressure reached an ‘alarm level’. That’s the principle behind part of the C...

Bus cleaner lives by his devotion to integrity

Fleet Services staff at the City of Edmonton’s Mitchell transit garage have come to respect the power of the integrity that their service-trained bus cleaner colleague Everestus Osuji brings to his ...

A Day in the Life of a DATS Operator

What’s a typical day for a DATS operator in Edmonton? Well, you start your day off very early in the morning, as early as 5:30 A.M. Or you might be one of the DATS operators who start in the early a...

Is DATS For You?

Some time ago, “universality” became the ‘in’ thing. It is a philosophical approach focused on accessibility in building, product, environmental and learning designs. The root objective of uni...

What’s better than two happy kids and a safer world?

If not for a major lifestyle balance decision she made two years ago, City of Edmonton Fleet Safety Officer Melissa Emery could well have become Canadian manager for a huge, international courier firm...

Spend a little, Save a LOT: Mid-life bus ‘makeovers’

After the equivalent of running around the earth 13 times, braving temperatures from minus to plus 30, breathing gritty air and sloshing through mini-lakes of salted water, you’d be forgiven for wan...

City Committed to LRT Expansion

City Council decided last week to focus efforts on securing the remaining funding needed for the construction of the Valley Line LRT – Stage 1 (Mill Woods to City Centre) from our provincial and...

Up – Up – Up – Up. Up on Transit Style

Ridership Increase Following a trend that began over 10 years ago, more and more Edmontonians are taking transit. Ridership[i] for Edmonton Transit System (ETS) increased by 3.1% in 2012, with the num...

Cut My Commute Campaign

Every day I get to work with a lot of people from around the City to communicate about important City projects. Last month, I worked with two Councillors, colleagues in Communications and Intergovernm...

North LRT Breakthrough

It doesn’t look like much. I’m standing in a tunnel, near Churchill Station, about 6 metres below city streets, in front of a thick concrete wall. The wall is pock-marked with holes, somewhat like...

Help Name Your LRT: City Kicks off LRT Contest

Edmontonians, stretch your creative muscles and enter to win an iPad by helping the City of Edmonton name current and future LRT lines! Between June 25 and August 15, the City is asking citizens to su...

1-Day-a-Week Pledge Campaign Takes Off with Balloon Installation

This morning the City launched its 1-Day-a-Week Pledge campaign with a balloon installation at Old Strathcona’s Wilbert McIntyre Park gazebo. The event coincides with the city’s Environment Week k...

North LRT to NAIT Construction Update

It’s full steam ahead for the second construction season on the North LRT to NAIT project. We’re keeping an aggressive schedule so we can stay on track to officially open the new line in April 201...

Northwest LRT public engagement kicks off April 10

The year 2012 is shaping up to be a busy one for LRT projects in Edmonton! Construction of the North LRT to NAIT is underway and preliminary engineering for the Southeast to West LRT is in full swing....

Another One Rides the Bus

It would be difficult to nail down exactly which initiative contributed most to the 5.2 percent increase in ridership the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) experienced in 2011. It must be part of the over...

Imagining How an LRT Station Can Strengthen a Neighbourhood

As you may be aware, the City of Edmonton is planning for a more sustainable future by encouraging Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around existing and future LRT Stations – almost 60 in total. Tr...

A New Heart for Mill Woods

Forty years ago a unique planning process, the Mill Woods Development Concept, was set to transform urban development in Edmonton. The goal for Mill Woods was straightforward – create a place for pe...

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