For immediate assistance for emergencies:
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We want everyone to feel safe every time they board a bus or train. ETS takes a multi-layered approach to safety and security, and staff in our Control Centre monitor transit service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your safety is our top priority.
To find out more about what the City and partners are doing to keep transit safe for everyone, visit edmonton.ca/transitsafetyplan.
For immediate assistance for emergencies:
Transit Peace Officers are highly trained and skilled to proactively respond to a variety of situations to keep you and fellow transit riders safe. They are integrated with our Control Centre, and collaborate with police officers and onsite security guards to keep Edmontonians safe.
Transit Peace Officers also partner with outreach workers and other community agencies to help refer individuals on ETS property to specialized community support and services, such as financial, housing, mental health and substance use. The City of Edmonton is partnering with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society to provide the outreach workers to support this initiative. This pilot program will begin in September 2021, with two teams. Two more teams will be added in the summer of 2022.
Blue emergency help phones are located in all LRT stations, in major bus terminals and in some city pedways. To use the phone, press the button and you will be connected directly with ETS security personnel. When the phone is in use, a surveillance camera automatically starts to monitor/record the phone. Please note: these phones are different from the black information phones, which connect with 311 seven days/week (7am-7pm, closed statutory holidays).
Wall-mounted red emergency buttons are located in several areas in the downtown core, including the entrance to the Winspear Centre, the Winspear pedway, the Edmonton City Centre pedway and the Westin Hotel pedway. Pushing the button will connect you directly with ETS security personnel. When the button is activated, a surveillance camera automatically monitors/records the area.
Please note: The collection of recorded images using ETS security surveillance cameras is authorized under Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).
There are several ways you can let the LRT Operator know if there’s an urgent or emergency situation on the LRT or you feel unsafe.
Yellow passenger alarms are located inside the LRT cars. Press the red button to activate.
Red alarm handles are located in all LRT cars above every alternate door. Pull down on the handle to activate.
Red emergency buttons are located on all LRT cars next to the door button.
ETS security personnel closely monitor the surveillance camera via Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV). These cameras are installed on all buses and LRT cars, in all LRT stations, major transit centres and some city pedways.
When someone uses a blue emergency help phone or emergency wall button, a camera will automatically monitor the area. ETS security personnel then connect with the person in need of help.
For your safety and security, various surveillance and emergency communication equipment is installed throughout the Edmonton Transit Service, including transit centres and other facilities, buses, trains and LRT stations. The collection of recorded camera images is authorized under Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).
Every ETS rider deserves to feel safe when riding transit. Our Transit Watch program is one way customers can report safety concerns, like harassment, disorder or suspicious behaviour, directly to ETS staff in our Control Centre.
Call or text Transit Watch at 780-442-4900, anytime.
For emergencies, immediately call 9-1-1.
The text message tool should be used to discreetly report immediate safety concerns, such as harassment, disorder or suspicious behaviour. For emergencies, immediately call 9-1-1. For general information, like route or schedule inquiries, customers should continue to use Transit app, Google Maps, our website, or call 311.
Standard rates apply. Please check with your wireless carrier.
No, we can not receive photos or videos through our text number at this time. We are looking to include photos and videos in the future.
ETS staff monitor this text line around the clock. Once a text is sent to the Transit Watch line, a confirmation text should be sent within a minute or two. Staff do their best to respond with a text as quickly as they can. If there happens to be multiple texts at one time, ETS staff are highly trained and will prioritize and dispatch resources appropriately. Depending on the nature of the safety concern and the location, it may take security resources or ETS staff several minutes to be on location. In cases of emergency, call 911.
Anyone can report a safety concern, regardless of age. The nature of the concern will guide the type of response. Sensitivity is exercised in all responses. If the concern involves a minor, staff will ask questions to determine the appropriate resource to deploy. Reports should include location, nature of concern along with any other relative details which may assist (location, bus number, direction of travel or next station if on the LRT, description of people involved, and so on).
There are certain locations on transit, namely underground LRT tunnels, where cell service can be spotty. In these situations we recommend, if you feel comfortable, waiting until you have cell service, or if not, pushing a help button on the LRT that will allow you to communicate directly with the Operator of the train.
To report safety/security concerns or unusual and suspicious activity, call or text Transit Watch
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