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Moving Forward with the Valley Line West LRT

On December 15th, it will be 10 years since the Valley Line West LRT route was approved. I remember that Council meeting well as I was attending on behalf of the Meadowlark Community League and as a local resident who lives within a block and a half of any of the three routes that were…

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Bus Network Redesign – Improving Transit in Edmonton

In 2014, City Council approved a process to update our Transit Strategy and complete a redesign of our bus network. The last major redesign of our bus network occurred in 1997. To provide some context, the Henday was in the process of being constructed and the community of Lewis Estates, one of the first communities…

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Self-Driving Cars in Edmonton – Closer Than You Think

  On June 11, 2019 the City of Edmonton Urban Planning committee received information on  Automated Vehicle Testing in Edmonton. Autonomous vehicles are also known as driverless cars, self-driving cars, robotic cars or automated vehicles. A fully autonomous vehicle is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. It can detect its surroundings…

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Smarter Parking In Edmonton

If there is an opportunity for the government to give more autonomy to businesses without negatively impacting others – we should take it. In a recent City of Edmonton survey, 60% said they would like an “Open Option Parking” which allows homeowners and businesses to choose the amount of parking that best meets their needs.…

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Fast Speeds, Slow Solutions

Last April, there was a motion put forward to complete further analysis on what speed our roads should be set at. This includes local roads, arterial roads, and collector roads. Nearly a year later, the report is coming back but unfortunately it appears the work that has been requested has not been completed.   Previous…

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Stony Plain Road: How the LRT will Continue Revitalization

Since the Valley Line LRT has been approved, residents, City Council, and City Administration have been working through a number of details (ex: station design, parking, etc.). As a result of the route into the west end of Edmonton, the Valley Line LRT will change how Stony Plain Road operates.     Stony Plain Road…

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Innovative solutions for Edmonton’s future transit needs

As our city fast approaches a population of one million, it is a perfect time to re-evaluate our transit system to make sure it meets the demands of Edmontonians. In 2020, the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) bus network will look completely different than it does today as it transforms the way we move people more…

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Automated Vehicle Report

At the April 3rd Urban Planning Committee a report was presented based on an inquiry I made in December of 2017 regarding the Minister of Transportation reorienting the Department of Transportation to prepare for the rise of automated (autonomous, self-driving) vehicles in Alberta. While the province has been preparing for a variety of Intelligent Transportation systems for many years, January of 2019…

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Smart Traffic Signals

The City of Edmonton has a Smart Roads plan that works to move goods and people as efficiently as possible. Smart traffic signals are being tested and implemented in cities across North America. Some test cities like Pittsburgh are incorporating signals that can communicate with each other, adjust on-demand, and provide real-time data. The results of the pilot to…

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LRT and BRT in Edmonton

A motion was put forth today for administration to provide a report on the Valley Line LRT extension to West Edmonton. The intent of the report is to compare costs between BRT and LRT for the Valley Line West and will be made available in March. Here are my thoughts on bus rapid transit (BRT)…

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