Photos of the Month
James Bures Photo of the
Martin Parsons Photo of the
||A couple of photos from 10 years ago: ETS 702, a 1977 GM New Look T6H-5307N, running EB on Jasper Avenue approaching 101st as a route 5. ETS 121,
a 1982 GM/BBC HR-150G Trolley Bus, is seen on the same block (facing the opposite direction), running as a route 135 a few months after the first image was taken. A walk down this portion of Jasper
Avenue earlier this week got me thinking; buses aside, the streetscape sure has changed! While I do miss the shade from the old trees, the street does feel much more open without the "hand grenade"
medians. Now if only they would do something about the on-street parking situation...
On a related note, stay tuned for an updated Edmonton BBC Trolley Bus section. I have also been working on scanning some old ETS maps and brochures as of late. For now, they can be found in this section.
||First of, Edmonton Transit System has been
renamed to Edmonton Transit Service. This seemed to have come about in the
second half of 2016, and in January 2017 the ETS website was changed to
Now, lets talk new buses.
Edmonton has tendered for replacements for the Glaval's, with options in
later years to replace the entire fleet by about 2021. Grande West has won
that contract with an initial order for 6 of their 30' Vicinity buses. ETS
has already exercised options for 10 additional buses. All of these should
arrive in 2017. On top of that, recently ETS has exercised options
originally intended for the 2019-2021 timeframe for 33 addition Vicinity's
for Q1 2018 delivery, for a total of 49 of the buses, enough to replace all
Glaval's, IC :LC's, and Passport's, except for the Passport HD's. This was
in part thanks to Federal funding that allowed ETS to bump up the
In this photo, we see #13 arriving at Kingsway Garden Mall on a route. 309.
The newest buses in the Edmonton area are Spruce Grove's first 3 XD40's.
These are 2016 production units, arriving in December 2016. With the start
of the route 562 on February 13, 2017 these buses entered service for the
first time. Oddly, none of the Spruce Grove units were used for the
afternoon runs and regular ETS units covered the service. Theses buses are
still garaged and operated by ETS for the time being.
In this picture, 6901 has arrived at South Campus on the first day of
service for these buses and the route 562.
Finally, we should know shortly who has been awarded ETS's 2017 and future
40' diesel bus purchased. The RFP called for 42 buses in 2017, but, it was
recently in the media it will be 33 buses. They will have air conditioning.
Welcome to Barp.ca! Check out the
"What's New" page (via the link on the left hand side of this page) for a
list of recent updates.
November 1st, 2016
The near future is finally here, only about 1.5 years later. The Highway Coach section is once again operational, with many new images on the way!
May 17th, 2015
Site upload complete; welcome to the new server. All pages should now be functional, with the exception of the Highway Coach section. Stay tuned for a new and improved
version in the near future!
April 1st, 2015
We're expecting Barp.ca to be be down for a few days coming up. The short
story is that we need to update our control panel to allow for the incorporation
of new features. While this might not lead to any
notable changes, it will provide us with a number of new tools should we
utilize them. Above all, it means that we will be "getting with the times".
We've been with our current shared hosting for quite some time and our
control panel is literally from the last century. When I switch name servers
there will most likely be a short time where Barp.ca will be unreachable while
the updated DNS propagates through the internet. We will also be
re-uploading everything. My tentative plan is to upload everything first
and then change the name server information to point to the new location. You'll
know if everything has worked right as the offline notice above won't be
Thank you for your patience!