Edmonton Transit now has all of the 928 buses in its fleet equipped with smart technology. They’ll make the announcement at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. City council is happy, even though it’s taken a while.
It was first talked about in 2011, and then council pushed to have money included in the budget. “Five years later we have now got all of the buses outfitted with smart technology,” said Coun. Andrew Knack. “Which is great. We desperately needed it. I just wish it could have happened even sooner.”
“I think people are just eager to finally see it in every bus. We just knew that it was a feature people really need. Especially in a city this size, to not have that built into all of our buses when you can go to any major city of this size and you have that feature already,” Knack said.
Coun. Michael Oshry can see not only the benefit to the riders, but the city itself.
— Michael Oshry (@michaeloshry) October 24, 2016
“It’s going to be great for people that use the system, but it’s also going to be great for the city because we can track users and buses and times and that sort of thing to actually make the system more efficient for us so I think it’s a win-win as long as it works well. But I’m confident that it will and then we can expand it from there.”
An original estimate pegged the project at $19 million. It’s come in slightly less at $18 million.
“I remember at a committee meeting when I first got to council, and they were saying it was take another 2-3 years to get this all implemented,” Oshry said. “I’m always surprised how long things take at the city even though I’ve been here for 3 years but I’m glad it’s finally here and running.”