Coronavirus: Edmonton reduces public transit service as part of COVID-19 response

Mayor Don Iveson and interim city manager Adam Laughlin have announced Edmonton Transit Service will be limited to a Saturday schedule seven days a week effective Tuesday.

The announcement was made at a news conference on Monday. The change means reduced frequency of ETS buses and LRT.

“If we reduce the number of buses and LRT on our city streets, we can further increase the level of cleaning and disinfecting taking place on these critical services that Edmontonians rely on,” Iveson said.

“Our No. 1 priority is ensuring the safety of Edmontonians and city employees during these trying times.”

“We understand that this is a difficult time right now for Edmontonians,” Laughlin said. “We are continuing to work closely with Alberta Health Services to understand how we can better ensure the safety of our operators and customers, while still providing a daily service that people rely on.”

The lower frequency will allow for heightened cleaning opportunity and will protect drivers better. It will also allow for better social distancing for passengers, Laughlin said.

Laughlin said the city was constantly evaluating the situation and whether there should be additional changes made to LRT frequency, more cars to allow for more social distancing and even finding an alternative to door buttons that are activated by people touching them.

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