NEWS

Heritage project reveals community's history

Take a walk through Westmount and you’re sure to notice older homes with heritage plaques throughout the neighbourhood. Placed on 48 houses, the plaques describe each home’s construction date and the name and occupation of the original owner.

The plaques are the work of Westmount Community League’s heritage committee, which also developed a guidebook with a map and more detailsabout each house.

The City of Edmonton’s heritage planning unit covered half the cost of the plaques. The heritage committee also worked with Walk Edmonton to create a community walking map that highlights the heritage nature of the community.

Interested in highlighting the historical character of your neighbourhood? Contact your local neighbourhood resource coordinator or call 311.

ETS winter schedule takes effect December 2, check schedules

November 28, 2018

On Sunday, December 2, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) will introduce schedule adjustments on several bus routes to improve efficiency, reliability and connections during the winter. The adjustments will be effect until Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Bus routes 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 90, 100, 106, 112 and 143 have undergone significant and permanent schedule adjustments. An additional 70 bus routes, including School Specials, have also undergone permanent schedule changes. These adjustments will result in changes to departure and arrival times, of, in some cases, 3 to 10 minutes.

All ETS passengers are advised to double check the updated schedules at takeETS.com.

As well, a trip on School Special route 805 from St. Francis Xavier High School, has been extended from West Edmonton Mall to Lewis Farms Transit Centre to accommodate growth in that area.

As previously announced, routes 128 and 130, as well as School Specials 725 and 757, will detour from Groat Road until the completion of the Groat Road Bridge and Road Renewal Project in summer 2020. These routes will detour to Government Centre Transit Centre. More information related to Groat Road detours is available here.

Transit riders are encouraged to double check their route schedules and use real-time tools. For full winter schedule adjustments, visit takeETS.com/news


Share your thoughts on the draft Terwillegar Drive Expressway

November 26, 2018

The City is developing a plan to upgrade Terwillegar Drive to an expressway. Two public events are available for residents to view the draft expressway plan, see how their previous feedback was used and to provide input on the plan including transit, pedestrian and cyclist impacts.

Date: Wednesday, November 28

Time: 5 - 8 p.m. (drop-in)

Location: Monsignor William Irwin Elementary School, 2629 Taylor Green NW

Date: Saturday, December 1

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (drop-in)

Location: Mother Margaret Mary High School, 2010 Leger Road NW


An expressway is a high-capacity roadway that includes widely-spaced signalized intersections. The draft plan includes improvements to address community priorities and meet City policies and standards. Earlier in 2018, options to improve Terwillegar Drive to a freeway were shared with the public. On October 2, the Urban Planning Committee directed the project team to move forward by engaging with residents solely on the expressway option.


Terwillegar Drive is a key north-south route that has exceeded its capacity. It is an important connector in the southwest corner of the city with this study looking at improvements between Anthony Henday Drive and Whitemud Drive.

Stuff a bus, cram a cruiser to support Edmonton’s Food Bank

November 27, 2018

Share your holiday spirit and help your neighbours during the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) Stuff a Bus campaign, back for its 24th year.

ETS Stuff a Bus, which runs November 28 to December 1, encourages people to drop off non-perishable food items in ETS buses parked at participating Save-On-Foods and transit centres.

And in an LRT car at Clareview Station.

And, new this year, in a cruiser used by Transit Peace Officers.

“Thanks to the support of Edmontonians and City staff, the ETS Stuff a Bus program continues to grow,” said Eddie Robar, ETS Branch Manager. “I’m proud to see staff step up with new ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing Edmontonians come out to help those who rely on Edmonton’s Food Bank during the holidays.”

The cruiser, along with peace officers, will be stationed at various Save-On-Foods locations from November 28 to 30. On December 1, an ETS bus will also be at the Spruce Grove Save-On-Foods, and a decorated LRT train will be at Clareview LRT station in northeast Edmonton.

Donations can also be made online (select option 5 under specific fund).

Since 1995, ETS Stuff a Bus has collected over 475,000 kg of food and $438,000 in cash donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Last year, people donated 29,823 kg of food and $19,098.

For more information about stuffing a bus, loading an LRT or cramming a cruiser—including collection locations and dates—visit takeETS.com/StuffaBus.


Bring your ideas, take a dive deep into Edmonton’s future

November 13, 2018


What kind of Edmonton do you want to live in? The City Plan will shape the future of the city and how you will stay connected to family, friends and community. The City needs your help to make a plan that can benefit all Edmontonians.


Register now for one of our November workshops. Workshops take place November 14, 16, 20, 22 and 28. To register, please visitedmonton.ca/TheCityPlan. These fun, interactive sessions will examine the choices and moves we need to make as Edmonton grows towards a city of two million people. Meals are provided at each session.


Over the past two months, The City Plan project team has hosted drop-in events around Edmonton to gather your ideas and thoughts. These upcoming in-depth workshops provide a chance to take a deep dive into your hopes and dreams for our city.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/TheCityPlan

Planned system-wide LRT closure Saturday, November 10

November 2, 2019

On Saturday, November 10, Capital and Metro Line LRT service will be suspended to allow for Thales signal testing. Customers will still see trains operating on the tracks for testing purposes, but will not be permitted to board.

This closure is the last of several required to accommodate Thales signal testing. The City of Edmonton is working co-operatively with Thales to ensure testing can be completed when it is least disruptive for customers.

Edmonton Transit Service will have replacement buses every 15 minutes on the Metro Line between NAIT and Churchill, and every five minutes on the Capital Line until 7 p.m., at which point replacement buses will run every 7-8 minutes until end of service. Please use bus stops with red “LRT Replacement” signs. Bus replacement locations can be found here.

Customers are encouraged to plan ahead by checking service changes on takeETS.com/news.

Motorists and pedestrians may also experience increased wait times at LRT crossings during testing, so please plan ahead and consider alternate routes when possible.

For more information:

takeETS.com/news

LRT replacement service bus locations


Edmonton Announcements

Getting around during the 2018 Grey Cup

November 13, 2018

From November 21–24, thousands of visitors will flock to downtown Edmonton to take part in the Grey Cup festival and parade. The excitement will culminate with the 106th Grey Cup championship game on Sunday, November 25, at Commonwealth Stadium.

Here’s what you need to know to have a great Grey Cup experience.

Grey Cup Festival

Taking place November 21 to 24, the Grey Cup Nissan TITAN Street Festival will be a four-day family-friendly event. Situated on Jasper Avenue, from 96 Street to 99 Street, the festival will include a number of exciting activities, such as the Capital Power Zipline, the EPCOR Street Ski, the Jiffy Lube Tube Slide and a bungee jump.

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre Closure

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre will be closed to the public on November 24 and 25. Facility patrons are asked to use other recreation centres such as Clareview Community Recreation Centre, Kinsmen Sports Centre, and Londonderry Leisure Centre on these dates.


Game Day – Sunday, November 25

Commonwealth Stadium Parking Lots & Road Closures, November 25 from 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

To accommodate traffic around Commonwealth Stadium on game day, additional roadway and parking restrictions will be in effect:

  • Parking lots at the stadium and recreation centre will be closed.
  • Stadium Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic.
  • Residential parking restrictions will be in effect in the neighbourhoods around the stadium.

Those attending the game are encouraged to take public transit to the Stadium.

Take ETS to the 106th Grey Cup Game

ETS is providing football fans extensive service for the 106th Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday, November 25.

Park & Ride

ETS will operate dedicated bus service from Football Park & Ride lots beginning at 1:30 p.m., with the last bus departing each lot at 5 p.m. Following the game, Park & Ride service will return passengers to their respective lots beginning at 7 p.m. until the stadium is empty. Service from Burns City Lot will detour due to road closures around Commonwealth Stadium.


Additionally, ETS will honour the Free Ticket to Ride program from 11 a.m. until two hours after the game ends, allowing customers with a ticket to the Grey Cup to ride transit for free. Children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult can also ride free.


LRT Service

From start of service until approximately 12 p.m., Capital Line LRT, which stops at Stadium station, will operate every 15 minutes. After 12 p.m., frequency will increase to every 7–8 minutes until approximately 10 p.m. Metro Line trains will operate on a regular Sunday schedule.

ETS advises anyone affected by the changes to check the updated schedules on the Trip Planner at takeETS.com, or via third party apps. Please give yourself extra travel time.

For more information:

For further information about road closures and bus detours during the Grey Cup, visit edmonton.ca/GreyCup or call 311.

For details about the Grey Cup game and festivities, visit greycupfestival.ca.

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY

780-944-5555

311@edmonton.ca

Métis Week proclaimed in Edmonton

November 13, 2018

The City of Edmonton and Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) partnered for a special proclamation event at City Hall today to declare November 12 to 17, 2018, as Métis Week in Edmonton. The week is held annually to recognize Métis leader Louis Riel.

“Métis Week is an important annual reminder of the strong links between our city’s past and its promising future,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Edmonton is committed to creating opportunity for all Métis people through shared projects and initiatives, guided by principles of working in unity and harmony, fairness and respect for all people.”

The event included singers Sarah Wolfe and Cyril Bernard performing both the Canadian national anthem and Métis Nation anthem, respectively. Dancing and musical performances by local Métis youth were also featured.

“The Métis Nation of Alberta is proud to once again partner with the City of Edmonton for this year’s Métis Week proclamation,” said Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta. “We are honoured to see our flag permanently flown outside on Churchill Square. It is a symbol from this city, the Mayor and the councillors of their commitment to truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous people of Edmonton.”

The proclamation is a continued commitment to the Memorandum of Shared Recognition and Cooperation between the City of Edmonton and the Métis Nation of Alberta. In 2013, both pledged to work together to increase positive social and economic opportunities for Indigenous people in Edmonton.

The MNA will host a variety of events throughout the week to commemorate and celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and contributions of Métis people to the region. Additional events will also take place across the province in each of the six MNA regions.

The Métis Nation of Alberta was created in 1928 to serve as an advocate on behalf of, and meet the needs and aspirations of, Métis people in Alberta.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/metisweek

albertametis.com/metisweek2018

Consume responsibly around festivals, parks and trails

Edmonton’s new cannabis and smoking regulations mean users may have to think about how and where they consume when out at a festival or simply wandering the parks and trails around the City.

Just like the smoke from cigarettes, the second-hand smoke from cannabis can make others uncomfortable, especially when they're outside for sport, social or recreation purposes.

Anti Icing Pilot Evaluation Qualitative and Quantitative Findings Aug 2018

The City of Edmonton piloted the use of an Anti-icer on select roadways in February and March 2017, expanding the pilot in Winter 2017-18 to cover about 40% of Edmonton’s arterial and collector roads. The Anti-icer is intended to help roads to stay clear longer and make snow removal easier, reducing the need for plowing and sanding.

Anti Icing Pilot Evaluation Qualitative and Quantitative Findings Aug 2018

Close to three quarters of Edmontonians who responded to the survey agree that the Anti-icer pilot should continue and/or be expanded

Anti-icing Pilot Evaluation Report

Edmonton's Cannabis Rules

What, When and Where...


New bus routes being finalized with public feedback

October 12, 2018


Edmonton’s proposed new bus routes will be more direct, buses will come more frequently and the redesigned system will connect people to the places they want to go. Initial concepts were presented and refined after engagement in the Spring. Edmontonians are now invited to complete an online survey or attend a drop-in community workshop to share their thoughts with transit planners about the final draft bus route network, from October 25 until December 9, 2018.

“Edmontonians are passionate about their transit service and shared a lot of suggestions with us,” says Eddie Robar, Branch Manager of Edmonton Transit Service. “Our transit planning team spent the summer carefully reviewing all of the input and I’m pleased to say we adjusted about 20 percent of the proposed routes to better meet transit customer needs.”

Some of the changes include:

  • Ensuring the walking distance to bus stops is no more than five to seven minutes in most neighbourhoods
  • Adjusting community bus routes to serve more popular destinations
  • Revamping the entire Castle Downs bus network to provide better connection to local transit centres


Residents can share their perspectives at 13 workshops throughout the city, including four at Engage Edmonton events which also feature engagement opportunities about other city projects. The events are easy to reach and include children’s activities and free snacks. Visit edmonton.ca/newbusroutes or call 311 to see a complete list of workshop locations and times.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/newbusroutes



TRaffic Disruptions


Grey Cup Festival Road Closures, November 14–28

A number of road closures and bus detours will be in effect in the downtown core for the festival and parade. Please plan your route in advance and leave extra travel time to get where you’re going.

To accommodate the festival, including the site set-up and dismantling, the following road closures will be in effect:

  • Jasper Avenue, between 96 Street and 99 Street
  • 97 Street, between Jasper Avenue and 101A Avenue

Streets will re-open by 6 p.m. on November 28.

ETS Bus Detours for Grey Cup Festival from November 14-28

Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) will detour several bus routes on Jasper Avenue, between 95 Street and 100 Street, for the Grey Cup festival. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 to approximately 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, bus routes 2, 3, 5, 14, 88, 100, 120, 161, 162, 308, 309 and 560 will detour around the Grey Cup festival site.


Temporary bus stops will be operating. Specific temporary bus stop locations, as well as additional information related to these detours, is available here.


ETS advises anyone affected by the changes to check the updated schedules on the Trip Planner at takeETS.com, or via third party apps. Please give yourself extra travel time.


Parking Restrictions

Parking restrictions will be in effect. Illegally parked vehicles will ticketed and towed. Street parking and parkades are available at various downtown locations. Regular rates apply.


Drop-Off Zone

A taxi, ride share and public drop-off and pick-up area will be located on Jasper Avenue, from 95 Street to 96 Street.


Accessible Drop-Off Zone

The accessible drop-off and pick-up location for Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS) and those with approved placards is on the south curb of 100 Street and Jasper Avenue (going eastbound).


Funicular

The funicular will be operational from 7 a.m. to midnight, from Thursday, November 22, to Saturday, November 24.


CN Grey Cup Parade

Bundle up and bring the family to watch the CN Grey Cup Parade on November 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A Grey Cup tradition, the parade will feature hundreds of participants, floats and marching bands. This year’s Grey Cup parade has teamed up with Santa’s Parade of Lights, which will be presented in its entirety following the last Grey Cup entry.


Parade Route: The parade will start at Jasper Avenue and 108 Street, heading east to 101 Street. It will then head north on 101 Street to 102A/103 Avenue, where it will travel west, ending at 103 Street.


Parade Assembly Area Road Closures, November 24 from 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The following road closures will be in effect:

  • Between Jasper Avenue and 104 Avenue, from 106 Street to 108 Street

Access to off-street parking facilities in this area will be maintained via 106 Street and 107 Street until 8:30 a.m. only.


Parade Route Road Closures, November 24 from 10:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The following road closures will be in effect:

  • Jasper Avenue, from 100 Street to 109 Street
  • 101 Street, from Jasper Avenue to 102A Avenue
  • 103 Avenue, from 101 Street to 103 Street

Street parking will not be permitted along the parade route. Vehicle tag and tow operations will be in effect.

ETS Bus Detours for Grey Cup Parade, Saturday, November 24

Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) is detouring several bus routes for the Grey Cup parade on Saturday, November 24.

  • From 5:45 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., bus routes 2, 7, 8, 15, 111 and 112 will detour from 108 Street to 105 Street, between 102 Avenue and 103 Avenue.
  • From 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., bus routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 52, 100, 111, 112, 120, 140 and 151 will detour off of Jasper Avenue, from 100 Street to 109 Street.
  • From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., bus routes 2, 7, 8, 15, 111 and 112 will detour from 108 Street to 105 Street, between 102 Avenue and 103 Avenue.

Temporary bus stops will be set up and operating. Specific detour details are available here.


ETS recommends checking updated schedules on the Trip Planner at takeETS.com, or via third party apps. Please give yourself extra travel time.

ETS bus routes detour Groat Road until summer 2020

November 13, 2018

Starting Sunday, December 2, 2018, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) will be detouring bus routes on Groat Road until the Groat Road Bridge and Road Renewal Project is completed in summer 2020. Bus detours around Groat Road are a precautionary measure to ensure reliable bus service and a safe worksite. It will also comply with the truck ban implemented for the construction zone.


Instead of using Groat Road to service University Transit Centre, Routes 128 and 130, as well as School Specials 725 and 757, will detour to Government Centre Transit Centre. This detour will require temporary closures of bus stops along Groat Road, Victoria Park Road, 87 Avenue west of the University of Alberta, as well as two southbound bus stops on 116 Street between Jasper Avenue and 100 Avenue. Temporary onsite signage at affected bus stops will help communicate these upcoming changes. New bus stops will be located near Corona and Grandin/Government Centre LRT stations.


ETS advises anyone affected by these changes to check the updated schedule on the Trip Planner at takeets.com.

For more information:

takeets.com