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In 1908 Edmonton's first transit system started operation. It was then known as the Edmonton Radial Railway and had a fleet of 7 streetcars and 21 Km of track. This system would grow and come to include a trolleybus system that started service on September 24, 1939 which provided service over 127 Km of wire at its peak, a motor bus fleet which has had buses fuelled by gasoline, propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), and diesel, and even a test bus fuelled by methanol, and a light rail transit (LRT) line which started service on April 22, 1978 and includes a fleet of 94 light rail vehicles (LRVs). The ERR changed its name to Edmonton Transportation system in 1946 and soon after to Edmonton Transit System. That was changed to just Edmonton Transit from 1976 until June 29, 1997 when it became known as the Edmonton Transit System once again. In November 2016 this name was adjusted to "Edmonton Transit Service". Streetcar service was abandoned on September 2, 1951. Trolleybus service ended May 2, 2009. Motor buses, and of course the LRT are all operating today, with battery/ electric buses on the horizon, possibly 2018.
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Vicinity Delivery Begins: The first Vicinity's
arrived in Edmonton in late October. 2001 was the first bus spotted, and we were
able to spot 2010 inside of Paterson a few days later. Notes on the fleet
numbering, within the Fleet Services numbering scheme there is a letter prefix
which usually indicates the year of the vehicles. Exceptions including Transit
and Fire. Transit buses are all a N prefix, and Fire are F prefixes. This is why
4875 originally had N4875 inside, why the newest
DATS buses came with N prefixes, and, if you look at signage on the Ferrier
tents it refers to the LFR's as N4523 and up. LRT equipment however is
maintained by ETS as I understand it. Therefore, I can only imagine that they do
not have an unseen prefix like the transit buses do. And that is why we can have
a bus #2010 and LRT's locomotive #2010. Expected quantity is 16 units. 6 from
the first announced order purchased with 2016 budget money, and 10 from the
second announced order purchased with 2017 budget money.
- MEP November 10, 2017
Edmonton Electric Bus Plan, Community Shuttle Retirements, and Diesel
update: Going to the Executive Committee of City Council on September
5, 2017 is a report named "Electric Bus Procurement Update". Some additional
information has come out on the XD40 order in this report.. The tender was
awarded to New Flyer and covers a 10 year period. This is similar in length to
the tender awarded to New Flyer in 1999 or there about for 10 years. I believe
that contract allowed a certain number of buses in that time frame. ETS
accelerated the time frame, and hence we had the 2007-2008 230 unit D40LFR
purchase. As a result, the 2009 order was a separate tender. The new contract
has a potential value of $308M USD.
Secondly, we can infer 03, 12, and 18 are retired. A recent document listed 46 buses for the community shuttle fleet. Peak size was 49. 12 has never tracked on transit55.ca, and 03 hasn't been seen since October 2016, and 18 since January 2017 so those are safe bets for the decline in fleet size.
Finally, it's interesting to see ETS talking about "Electrification at Transit Facilities", 8 years after killing to trolleybus system. It seems their current plans are for electric buses at the NETG (oddly, this garage has a name, Kathleen Andrews Garage, but a few reports haven't referred to it as such. I use NETG as it's much quicker to type), Ferrier North (replacement for the Ferrier tent structures), and Centennial. Numbers that ETS is looking at right now are upto 40 buses for the NETG, up to 120 at Ferrier North, and 200 at Centennial. It will be too costly to retrofit the existing Ferrier and Mitchell Garages. The NETG could later be upgraded to support a larger fleet. The report also notes that the City would need a new 10 megawatt substation and associated infrastructure.
One thing I find interesting is that should the full build out of electric buses occur, that 10 year New Flyer diesel contract might only end up being for a relatively small number of buses. 230 diesels + 40 NETG, 120 Ferrier, + 200 Centennial electrics = 590 buses out of 852 40' buses. That would mean ETS would only need to replace another 260 buses or so using that contract, beyond what has been announced. Of course, that doesn't include growth buses.
This Electric Bus Procurement Update was originally provided in private to City Council on August 29th 2017. What has been presented publicly was the result of a motion at at the private update to provide a public report as well. Apparently the presentation from August 29, 2017 will be reviewed for public release. It's quite possible some of the specifics from vendors have been reported at the meeting and might need to be kept private for competitive reasons. This is probably the most relevant link to access the report at this time: http://sirepub.edmonton.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?doctype=Agenda&meetid=1777
- MEP September 3, 2017
New Flyer Announces ETS Order: New Flyer has announced the
award for the NRFP we noted below, and as expected, XD40 buses. The number of
buses is interesting: 110 buses in 2018 and and option for 120 buses in 2019. No
note on articulated buses.
Discussion: The NRFP was originally calling for an award in early 2017, which presumably could have lead to a late 2017 delivery at best. As a result of the award only occurring in June/ July it seems that a 2017 delivery would have been unlikely! The original NRFP called for 42 buses in 2017 and 43 buses in 2018 which would account for 85 of the 110. Presumably the remaining 25 buses are probably likely growth buses funded through GreenTRIP and PTIF grants, as I discussed here: http://barp.ca/bus/alberta/news/future.html
The 2019 and 2020 quantities in the NRFP called for 60 buses in each year, which certainly accounts for the 120 in 2019. I guess just all at once instead of over 2 years. Maybe some cost advantages? This isn't too far off the 2013 plans I detailed in the link above, which called for about 40 buses in each of 2017 and 2018, and then 54 and 63 and 2019 and 2020 (117). Edmonton ran 1972 GM's that received a rebuild at 31 years old, while large numbers of 1980 GM's bit the dust in 2001. 448 and 458 ran long past the rest of the 5301's, so, a blanket statement that all 1998's and 99's will be done in 2018 is perhaps a bit premature at this point. However, assuming 25 buses are growth buses and won't affect long term (2019+) retirements, 205 replacement buses would be able to replace units 4046-4250, so, all 1998, 1999, and 2000 buses, plus about 1/3 of the 2001 fleet. Again, that's assuming a straight 1 for 1 replacement of the oldest buses numerically in the fleet.
This New Flyer order does beg the question: What are the plans to replace the 2001 D60LF's? These buses generally seem rough, and while they only operate M-F 6:00-18:00, day in and day out they only see service on two of ETS's heaviest routes, rather than an assortment of service like any other 40' bus does!
- MEP August 15, 2017
Time for some recent changes and updates relating to ETS.
Name change to "Edmonton Transit Service": This occurred in November 2016. We will change pages over as times goes on. A good portion of the bus fleet has been "serviced" by having just the "System" portion of the buses lettering replaced. LRV's are almost 100% changed over. However, we aren't going all out to convert to the new name on the website. On that note, please see the History section below for the history behind the ETS name.
Buses #6950-6952 are on property: New Flyer XD40's. These are actually owned by Beaumont for their new operation that starts up in September and is contracted to ETS. Why they came in full ETS livery is a bit puzzling (although I have my theories), but, they did.
New buses in the pipeline: After a drought of a few years with only a handful of new buses things are ramping up. Enough Grande West Vicinity's are on order to replace all Glaval's, IC LC's, and GMC chassis Passport's within about the next 12 months or so. That will leave only the IC chassis Passport-HD's as the only cutaway-style bus in the ETS fleet (non-DATS!).
New Flyer has won a RFP for 40' diesel buses. The 2017 portion should be for around 40 buses. There's been some information out there that ETS might have some either Provincial or Federal transit funding to "top up" 40' buses to 60' artics. As a result, what ever was negotiated out the RFP could very well include articulated buses. The contract does allow for additional purchases as well. At least 5 years beyond 2017's order, so that should mean diesel New Flyer's until 2022. These buses should be equipped with air conditioning. Finally, electric buses are in the works, probably for 2018. A few options were examined which went to council in November 2016 and included just buying 5 buses, purchase upto 40 buses (or as many as $48 million will buy), or purchase 25 buses (or as many as $30.6 million will buy). I have more details on that here. ETS was recommending to council to go with the 25 bus option. They would be based out of the new Northeast Transit Garage (NETG) that is currently being built along the LRT at the old packing plant sight.
Capital Projects: A lot work currently occurring around ETS. WEM Transit Centre has had a new building built, and now the driveway is being replaced. Stadium and Coliseum have had driveways replaced. Lakewood is having it's done. The NETG garage is under construction, Belvedere, Castle Downs, and Jasper Place will be getting new shelter buildings. This isn't a complete list, bus, more details on ETS's website: https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/improvement-projects.aspx
Service Changes: The summer signup lead to some significant service changes (reductions) beyond the usual summer reductions. A number of routes were eliminated, and a number of Mill Woods routes had their Downtown peak extensions partially, or entirely removed. Further, of course, ETS has been working on a significant revamp (changing "System" to "Service" was just the start!). On July 5, 2017 the Urban Planning Committee of City Council passed a motion that recommended the implementation of the network redesign by January 1, 2020. Administration's report was looking for 4-5 year phased rollout (so, until 2021-2022). In addition, Edmonton has been working with St. Albert on studying ways for the two transit systems to closer integrate with each other.
- MEP July 17, 2017
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