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The Every Day Way to take ETS at Easter  

We’ve modified transit service for the Easter Holiday, April 18, 19, 20 and 21. You’ll find our special Easter service hanger available on the buses and LRT in late March.

On Good Friday, April 18, all ETS routes will be running on regular Sunday schedules. Regular weekend schedules apply on Saturday and Easter Sunday.

On Easter Monday, April 21, we’ll be operating modified service schedules. Both the AM and PM peak period schedules have been adjusted to address the travel requirements of customers who will be working on Easter Monday.

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 will be closed for the holiday.

Spring Service Changes 

Changes to ETS service this spring are limited mainly to removal of the additional post secondary service due to the end of the school term. Service changes go into effect on Sunday, April 27.

Routes 9 and 197 will be on detour during the closure of Walterdale Hill Road. Schedules have added time for buses to detour via Saskatchewan Drive and Queen Elizabeth Park Road. A temporary bus stop has been added at the bottom of Queen Elizabeth Park Road.

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

Walterdale Bridge

Early last year, the City began work on a project that will see the construction of a new bridge to replace the century-old Walterdale Bridge. Last summer, realignment work on Queen Elizabeth Park Road was completed. This year, Walterdale Hill Road will be closed for realignment.

Routes 9 and 197 (and County of Strathcona Transit) will detour using Saskatchewan Drive and Queen Elizabeth Park Road during the closure of Walterdale Hill Road. Buses will go on detour starting April 27.

Route 9 and 197 schedules have additional time to accommodate the extra travel involved in the detours. There will be temporary traffic signals at 104 Street/Saskatchewan Drive to expedite traffic flow. A temporary bus stop has been added at the bottom of Queen Elizabeth Park Road.

Metro Line Opening Delayed

Edmontonians will have to wait a few months longer to ride the Metro Line. Although construction was completed on time, the opening of the LRT extension to NAIT is now anticipated in December 2014, according to the latest schedule from the City's signalling contractor.

“This is the first time we've had more than one LRT line in Edmonton, and we need cutting-edge technology to allow two lines to safely and efficiently share the same tracks,” said Wayne Mandryk, Branch Manager, LRT Design and Construction.“ It's taking longer than anticipated for our contractor to complete the new signalling system, but it's complex and it has to be done right so the LRT can operate safely.”

The City of Edmonton regrets any inconvenience this delay might cause Edmontonians; we are working diligently with our contractor to complete it as soon as possible.

Seniors Transportation Info Hubs

ETS has a new opportunity to get current bus and LRT information out into the seniors community in Edmonton.

Senior's Transportation Information Hubs are a one-stop shop experience for seniors to obtain print information on transportation. There are sections for those who are drivers, those who want to or already use Edmonton Transit, and for those who are looking for alternative driving options.

An initiative of Age Friendly Edmonton, the Hubs are intended to help bridge information gaps for seniors about transportation choices. They’re designed to ensure that seniors have current information that is relevant and useful, as well as improve connections between seniors, service providers, and transportation programs.

Brochures include information on ETS schedules relevant to the Hub location, information on customer training programs and accessible and/or senior-friendly services offered by ETS, and assisted transportation services such as Care for a Ride. Mature Driver Education programs from the AMA, Winter Driving tips from the federal government plus information on the Driving Angel program and other services is also available.

Armed with comprehensive information, seniors will be able to make informed choices about those services which best meet their needs for their various trips.

Hubs have recently been installed at SEESA (South East Edmonton Seniors Association) and the Ottewell Place residential complex to provide information on transportation options for seniors in Edmonton.

Evaluations on the Hubs conducted in late March and at the end of May will help the Age Friendly Edmonton Transportation Committee determine the success of the program and make any changes necessary. Early feedback has been very positive.

Introducing CAREN

Edmonton Transit and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital are collaborating to provide patients with the opportunity to regain balance skills and confidence while learning about using public transit.

CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) is a virtual simulator that Glenrose therapists use to help patients with physical or cognitive issues learn or re-learn to walk after accident, illness, or injury. A movable platform with a treadmill, harness and hydraulics, is positioned in front of a wrap-around screen to provide a virtual learning opportunity. On-screen simulations help patients learn how to manage a variety of situations that can affect their mobility and balance.

A new simulation, using the inside of a transit bus, is being designed to assist patients with adapting and adjusting to a transit environment as seated and/or standing passengers. Information and data from Edmonton Transit is being used to make the simulation as realistic as possible for patients before they start using a real bus.

The CAREN system has been used extensively with wounded military personnel, as well as other patients from pre-school years to their 90s.

Edmonton Transit is excited to be part of the development of this simulation for the Glenrose.

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