As temperatures drop and snow blankets our urban landscape, Edmonton welcomes the festive season and turns into a winter city that is as exciting as it is cold. With this transformation, there is much to do, places to go, and things to see around the city, and Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) works to ensure citizens stay safe, warm, and connected to their communities.
First initiated by ETS employees in 1995, the Stuff a Bus campaign’s focus is to collect food and donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Since it started, Edmontonians have generously donating over 464,000 kg of food and $432,000.
Like its name suggests, the Donate-A-Ride campaign allows you to purchase bus and LRT tickets for those in need. While donations are collected online year-round, January is the main focus period. Tickets are distributed by local social service agencies to help vulnerable Edmontonians meet their basic needs for transportation.
A great way to see our city in its full winter glory is to hop on a bus for one of ETS’s Christmas Light Tours during two weekends in December. Volunteer operators chauffeur friends, families and newcomers across the city to take in the festive lights at locations that include the Alberta Legislature, Candy Cane Lane, Churchill Square and City Hall.
With many people out having a good time during the holidays, we remind everyone to plan for a safe ride home. Luckily, ETS provides Late Night Owl service on five major routes until 3 a.m., as well as offers free bus and LRT service after 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. All donated fairs collected are put towards the Donate-A-Ride program so everyone can participate in the holiday spirit.