Recent stories about transit

Edmonton city councillors and city administration staff interact in this file photo.
city council budget

Edmonton's budget adjustment so far

Week 1 of city council's discussion of adjustments to the 2022-2026 budget saw some re-litigation of previous decisions, in light of a proposed property tax increase of more than 7% rather than the original 5% increase proposed in 2022.

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Several people hold podcasting microphones while riding the Valley Line Southeast LRT.
city council transit

Valley Line opening means resources could be redeployed, transit director says

The opening of the Valley Line Southeast LRT has the potential to improve transit elsewhere in the city, the Edmonton Transit Service's director suggested during a trip on the train with a crew from Speaking Municipally.

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A paper ticket validator next to a modern Arc fare machine inside a shelter at an LRT station.
transit region

Arc card adoption reaches 63%

As the Edmonton Transit Service decommissions older fare machines, the adoption rate of its new smart-fare system is nearing two-thirds of Arc-eligible riders, exceeding expectations.

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An LRT train runs along a track through a grassy field in the fall, with Edmonton's skyline in the background
city council transit

Citizens assemble to celebrate Valley Line Southeast LRT opening

The Valley Line Southeast LRT is scheduled to begin passenger service on Nov. 4 at 5:15am, and that's cause for celebration, say the hosts of Speaking Municipally.

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An Edmonton Transit Service bus enters an intersection on 107 Street
city council transit

No free rides: Council sends message to focus on transit quality

A decision not to waive transit fares for unaccompanied riders under 12 surprised Speaking Municipally's city hall watchers but struck them as a message that council wants more focus on making transit better.

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Councillors Sarah Hamilton, Erin Rutherford, and Ashley Salvador sitting in council chambers
city council zoning

On the agenda: Zoning, transit safety, and construction accountability

This week, city council will continue a public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw renewal on Oct. 23. Council will also have a private non-regular meeting on Oct. 23 to discuss updates on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and pre-budget submissions, and it will meet on Oct. 24 with a continuation scheduled for Oct. 25 if required.

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Edmonton Transit Arc Card set against the background of Edmonton's downtown
city council transit

On the agenda: Youth on transit, Blatchford, and funding for safety and well-being

City council is back from the Thanksgiving break with three committee meetings to discuss transit improvements and fares for youth, an external evaluation of progress at Blatchford, and funding for community safety and well-being.

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Vehicles parked in a gravel surface parking lot with towers in the background
city council downtown

On the agenda: Surface parking lots, Metro Line to Blatchford, and funding transit growth

This week, community and public services committee meets on Sept. 18, urban planning committee meets on Sept. 19, executive committee meets on Sept. 20, and audit committee meets on Sept. 22.

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An electric bus in Edmonton Transit Service's fleet, with a decal that reads "battery-electric by Proterra" on the side.
city council business

Edmonton's electric bus supplier files for bankruptcy protection

Proterra, the U.S.-based company that built 60 electric buses for the Edmonton Transit Service, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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