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Last Updated - April 1, 2017

Photos of the Month April 2017

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Martin Parsons Photo of the Half Year:

  Sunshine Village Ski Resort continues to operate a number of ex-Calgary Transit MCI Classics on their shuttle service to and from Banff, AB. #33, ex-CT #5091, is seen completing its loop through the center of the Banff town site.

Despite not putting them through a major rebuild program like Edmonton, Calgary Transit continues to operate the majority of its U2 LRV fleet. This consist, NB-2013-2073-2071-SB is seen running SB on the red line, approaching 39th Avenue Station. Needless to say I had quite the view from my hotel room!
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 reflect this.
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 replacement program,

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.
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