The Every Day Way to get Smart Bus information
Edmonton Transit has recently released our new Smart Bus video, ETS Smart Bus - Behind the Scenes, on the City of Edmonton YouTube channel.
ETS Smart Bus - Behind the Scenes offers viewers a glimpse into the various technologies involved in Smart Bus and how they have been integrated into the Edmonton Transit business model.
This short video provides an overview of the how, what and why of Edmonton Transit's Smart Bus initiative.
The video covers all aspects of Edmonton Transit’s journey over the past several years, from the decision to bring Smart Bus technology into the fleet, what's involved in our Smart Bus solution, and where we're headed.
It's an engaging seven minutes and we hope you find it both informative and entertaining..
Be an ETS Everyday Hero
What does it take to be an Everyday Hero on ETS?
Not a lot, actually. Being an Everyday Hero is as simple as offering your seat to someone who needs it more than you, letting people get off the bus or train before you try to board, taking your backpack off and holding it in front of you on ETS so that you don't accidentally hit someone with it. It’s a series of small actions that can add up to a major improvement in the quality of the transit experience for those travelling with you.
Look for our series of Everyday Hero ads inside buses and trains, on LRT-TV and in the Metro newspaper.
Be an Everyday Hero today and find out for yourself just how good it feels.
Service Changes for Spring Break
ETS is providing regular weekday service during Spring Break, March 31 to April 4, 2014.
We’ll be providing regular weekday service, with all school routes (numbered 600 - 999) cancelled except for University and NAIT. Routes 46, 165, 167, 186, 187 and 188 will not be operating, as well as the school loops on Routes 11 and 145..
Check the ETS Trip Planner or call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or call 311 for complete route and schedule details.
Have a Nice Day at Northgate TC
Have a Nice Day by Edmonton artists Mark Feddes and Chelsea Boida, is the bright, cheerful and colourful piece of public art at Northgate Transit Centre.
This hand-painted mural celebrates colour and motion. The artists intended to complement both the new transit centre and the nearby urban landscape.
The colours and shapes relate to the visual experience of the mural and the surrounding neighbourhood – a place of diverse land uses, pathways, commerce, and people. Colours on signs, packaging, clothing and other details of this landscape make Have a Nice Day at home in a sea of changing colour.
Enjoy, and ... Have a Nice Day!
ETS Ridership Doubles in 11 years
We’re happy to report that more Edmontonians are taking public transit and last year’s numbers are the best yet.
In the past 11 years Edmonton Transit System ridership has nearly doubled, increasing from 44 million rides in 2002 to 86.7 million rides in 2013.
As more and more Edmontonians chose to take public transit, ridership on ETS increased by 1.6 million rides, which was 1.8 per cent over the projected increase for 2013.
At 86.7 million, the total ridership for 2013 was 4 million rides more than 2012, an increase of over 5 percent.
“Edmonton Transit continues to enjoy outstanding success in attracting riders in a trend that started in 2002,” said Charles Stolte, Manager of Edmonton Transit. “Getting more people to travel actively and sustainably is one of the City's highest priorities and these numbers show that we are definitely travelling in the right direction".
2014 Senior Passes
The new 2014 ETS Senior Citizen Annual Pass goes on sale Monday, March 3 at the ETS Customer Services Centre located on the main floor of City Hall.
Cost for the Annual Pass remains at $125. The Low Income Annual Pass costs $54.
We’re mailing out renewal packages for the annual passes in early March. You can continue to use your 2013 Annual Pass until March 31, 2014.
Paying the Fare vs Paying a Ticket
We’ve had some customer questions lately about the cost of the ticket for fare evasion on ETS. Specifically, why is it so high.
The short answer is that the amount of the fine needs to be enough of a deterrent that an individual would choose to pay the fare rather than risk the fine.
When the fare evasion fine was $110, that price was close to the cost of a monthly pass, so some people did the math and figured it was worth the risk to try for a free ride.
With the current price for fare evasion at $250, most folks think twice before taking the risk. And that’s the point of the price. Our goal is to have our customers pay the fare not a ticket.
The ticket price for fare evasion on ETS is right in line with the majority of the fines under the City of Edmonton Community Standards and Public Places Bylaws.
It's time to Spring Ahead
Daylight Saving time arrives in Edmonton on the second Sunday in March -- this year it’s March 9
Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.
For more information:
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