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Transit News

The Every Day Way to get to Fort Edmonton  

Customers travelling through South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park station will notice an increase in Fort Edmonton Park presence in the station as the Fort begins its summer schedule.

Route 596, the Fort Edmonton/Valley Zoo summer shuttle operates daily from the May long weekend to the Labour Day weekend. It provides weekday, Saturday and Sunday service on an hourly schedule and travels between South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre, Fort Edmonton Park and the Valley Zoo.

The Fort Edmonton Shuttle, Route 595, travels between South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre, and Fort Edmonton Park. It provides weekday, Saturday and Sunday service on a 20 minute frequency.

The first day of service for both routes is Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Regular transit fares apply for both shuttle services.

Check the ETS Trip Planner or call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or call 311 for complete route and schedule details.

New Grandin Murals Unveiled 

Customers travelling through Grandin Station now see two stunning murals at platform level.

The original mural by Francophone artist Sylvie Nadeau was commissioned by La Francophonie jeunesse in 1989 to honour Bishop Vital Grandin for whom the station and surrounding community were named. However, the imagery was felt to evoke the memory of the residential schools. To address this issue, the original mural was expanded and a new mural was added to the station.

The Grandin Murals are the outcome of two years of dialogue and consultation among Edmonton’s Francophone and Aboriginal communities.

Aaron’s Paquette’s artwork is new. Sylvie Nadeau, who created the original mural, has added panels depicting an Aboriginal boy and girl.

Displayed along 80 feet of painted panels on the station’s east wall, local Métis artist Aaron Paquette’s captivating and colourful mural depicts sacred symbols and imagery that reflect 10,000 years of Aboriginal history in the city we now call Edmonton.

Nadeau’s new panels “speak” to Paquette’s mural and reflect the journey of reconciliation. The artists worked in close partnership for two years and the resulting murals place Grandin Station as a site for understanding, awareness, and healing.

The majority of funding for the new and re-envisioned murals came from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with additional funding from the City of Edmonton and the Community Arts grant program administered by the Edmonton Arts Council.

DONATE A RIDE Distributes Tickets

This year, 60 local Edmonton charitable agencies are receiving 85,060 ETS tickets worth $198,396 for their clients thanks to the latest DONATE A RIDE campaign.

Councillor Dave Loken distributed the tickets collected through the campaign to local agencies at City Hall in an event last month.

“We're very pleased that the DONATE A RIDE program is able to provide transportation support to the many social service agencies in Edmonton that are committed to improving lives in our community,” said Councillor Loken.

The event also included a thank you to former DONATE A RIDE Chair and councillor Kim Krushell for her contributions to the program.

The DONATE A RIDE program, now in its 17th year, has distributed a total of 1,103,142 tickets valued at $2,093,410 to community agencies.

High Level Bridge Streetcar

Take a ride back into history on the High Level Bridge Streetcar this summer, starting on the May long weekend.

The streetcar travels from Old Strathcona (103 Street and 84 Avenue) to the Jasper Terminus (Jasper Plaza, just south of Jasper Avenue/west of 109 Street). Stops include 107 Street, Garneau (south end of High Level Bridge) and Grandin (LRT Station). You can board or leave at any of the stops.

The vintage streetcar is run by the non-profit Edmonton Radial Railway Society.

ETS tickets and passes are not valid for travel on the High Level Bridge Streetcar.

May Long Weekend Service

On Monday, May 19, Victoria Day, ETS will be operating regular Sunday service on all routes.

Check the ETS Trip Planner or call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or call 311 for complete route and schedule details.

The ETS Customer Service Centre (including Lost & Found) located in City Hall will be closed on holiday Monday.

Age Friendly Edmonton

"Vision for an Age Friendly Edmonton" is an action plan developed in response to the growing population of older adults in our city. It identifies the gaps, needs, and recommended actions for nine key areas related to seniors, who will represent 20% of our population by 2025.

Endorsed by City Council, the Action Plan represents the framework for the development of services and programs that are "age friendly" in both the private and public sector in Edmonton. Working committees representing almost a dozen areas of concern to seniors (Transportation, Health, Housing, Recreation, Social Isolation, etc) are comprised of over 90 stakeholder groups, including ETS.

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and the City of Edmonton are co-leading the implementation of initiatives under the current 5-year workplan with the Age Friendly Edmonton Steering Committee. An ETS representative is a steering committee member, and co-chairs the Transportation Committee. ETS is directly involved in the development of three of the four Transportation Committee initiatives: Senior's Driving and Beyond Workshops; Senior's Transportation Information Hubs; and the Bus Buddy project.

For more information:

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