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ETS has a 100% Accessible Fleet

ETS is committed to providing a fully accessible public transit system in accordance with City Council and The Way We Move (The Transportation Master Plan).

Our bus fleet is accessible, using low-floor technology. This includes regular sized buses, articulated ('bendy') buses and smaller community buses. Our LRT network is also 100% accessible.

Articulated Buses

Photo of an articulated bus with the ramp extended

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETS got our first six low floor articulated buses in 2001, and all were put into service on Route 9. With 20 feet more space than a regular 40 foot low floor bus, these units helped to reduce crowding on some trips on this popular route. These buses, which can accommodate up to 110 passengers, are also equipped with bike racks.

In 2003, ETS received additional articulated buses to add to our fleet. These buses, which bend in the middle, can be found on Route 8 and Route 9. As well, two of these buses were added to the morning peak service on Route 100 from West Edmonton Mall to Downtown.

The inside of the bus looks much the same as the regular low floor buses. There are two positions for wheelchairs/scooters at the front seating area. The front of the bus lowers and has a flip-out ramp for wheelchair access. There are also two rear exit doors.

Try to get a seat behind the articulated joint. It will give you a totally different perspective on bus travel - especially going around corners!

Articulated Bus Specifications (D60LF)

Item Specifications
Length 18.6m
Width 2.6m
Height 3.1m
Weight 20,620kg. (A standard 40' bus weighs 12,156 kg)
Seating 50 seats with 2 wheelchair positions
Turning Radius 12.9 m (42.5 feet)

Doors

  • one entrance door and two exit doors
  • both exit doors will open when the Operator selects rear door open position
  • all exit doors are equipped with sensitive edge protection

Motive Power

  • Cummins ISL9 (EPA 2010), 330 H - 1100 ft-ljb
  • Boith D864.5 with integral retarder
  • MAN axles, front center and rear, with 4. 63:1 final drive
  • ABS Braking Control
  • Automatic Traction Control
  • Deep Mud and Snow Traction Control
  • "Pusher" type design where the rear axle provides the tractive effort
Clean Diesel Bus

Modern Diesel and Emission Control Technology

All Edmonton transit diesel buses are powered by Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) Fuel. The use of ULSD

  1. Reduces the emission of sulphur dioxide and
  2. (Allows/enables) the use of emission control technology to achieve the 2007 EPA emission standard

The conventional ETS buses purchased in 2007 meet the 2007 EPA Emission Standard. These buses are equipped with emission control systems which reduce

  1. Nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions
  2. Particulate Matters (PM)
  3. Volatile Organic Matters (VOC)

The implementation of emission control technology and the use of ULSD drastically decreased the impact on the environment.

Photo of ETS bus

Community Buses

You may have noticed a smaller ETS bus cruising Edmonton streets.

These community buses are used in areas where a larger, full-size bus cannot manoeuvre as easily as its mini counterpart. ETS also uses these buses in areas and times of low ridership. Community buses are less intrusive to the neighbourhoods they serve. On some routes, these small buses can bridge the gap between low floor bus and DATS door-to-door service.

Community buses have the same accessible features as the full-sized buses, with low floor entry, fold out ramp, and flip-up seats in the priority seating area. They operate on standard schedules and customers pay regular ETS fares.

Senior's Community Bus routes, introduced in 2008, are designed with senior's destinations in mind. These routes travel to areas with higher populations of seniors, stopping at destinations such as senior's residential complexes, medical/professional buildings, senior's social and recreational activity centres, retail complexes, and transit centres. While the senior's community is encouraged to use these routes where convenient, they are available for use by any ETS customers.

ETS's community bus fleet is made up of 49 wheelchair accessible units.

Take a community bus for a spin with a virtual tour. The tours provide a 360 degree image of a bus, which can be viewed from your computer. It gives viewers a sense of walking through the bus, like a sneak preview of what to expect before you even board the vehicle!

360° Tour of a Community Bus

All community bus routes can be found with our Route Brochures and System Maps.

Low Floor Buses

Available on all routes, these buses have a front door ramp rather than stairs. Each low floor bus also has a kneeling feature that lowers the front entrance to allow easier entry and exit for our passengers.

All low floor buses have flip-up seats in the front priority seating area to make room for or to secure a mobility aid, like a scooter, wheelchair, walker or stroller. While every low floor bus has two wheelchair positions, some are equipped with additional rear-facing areas. Each of these wheelchair areas have restraint belts, clamps or hooks to secure mobility aids while the bus is in motion. Brakes must be applied to mobility aids for passenger safety.

Our ETS Operators will let you know how to correctly board and exit the bus, as well as how to properly secure your mobility aid. If you need help, please ask the Operator. Please also understand if the Operator is unable to help due to physical limitation.

Size matters! If you use a scooter or wheelchair, the maximum size is 28" x 48" (71 cm x 121 cm). The maximum weight allowed for the mobility aid and passenger is 600 lbs (275 kg).

Take a low floor bus for a spin with a 360 panoramic tour. The tours provide a 360 degree image of a bus, which can be viewed from your computer. It gives viewers a sense of walking through the bus, like a sneak preview of what to expect before you even board the vehicle!

360° Tour of a Low Floor Bus

Note to DATS registrants: You can take one person for free to assist you on our regular ETS bus or LRT service. You must pay your own fare first.

A lowered ramp on a low floor bus
A lowered ramp on a low floor bus

Rear facing wheelchair position in use
Rear facing wheelchair position in use.

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