Brendan Van Alstine

Make your voice heard, help change the world

This is it, the end … well, for me anyway. This will be my last week writing Metro’s In Transit column. Why am I leaving? The short version is I am running for Edmonton city council in the newly created Ward 7. It only seems appropriate that I leave you with a rant on the importance of advocacy. It...

Monday, August 24, 2009, 11:13 AM

Why no public transit to the airport?

As I write this, I am sitting on a bus from the airport. Now hold on a second and don’t get too excited when I say the airport — I don’t mean the good ol’ Edmonton International. No, as I write this I’m sitting on the 98 B-Line from Airport Station in Richmond, B.C., riding into Vancouver proper....

Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:34 AM

Safety shield for drivers, not riders

Life ain’t easy when you’re a bus driver. Dealing with the public in any job can be difficult and frustrating at times, not to mention on rare occasions outright dangerous. And even though the vast majority riders on ETS are nice, polite and easy to deal with, there are a lot of crazies out there...

Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:02 AM

Change coming to Edmonton suburbs?

Ah the suburbs … it sometimes feels like Edmonton is nothing more than an endless collection of them. Admittedly, Edmonton does have its more urban landscapes such as Whyte Avenue, Alberta Avenue or 124th Street. But particularly in the last 50 or so years, Edmonton’s expansion and development has...

Monday, June 22, 2009, 10:43 AM

City begins testing smart card technology

Recently, some of you may have noticed the curious looking validator machines at the entrances to the Proof of Payment areas in all LRT stations. I, too, was curious about these contraptions but was rather pleased when I finally learned what they were; smart card validators!Starting this week,...

Monday, June 8, 2009, 11:16 AM

LRT expansion takes people by surprise

Gorman: The very name conjures up images of, well, nothing in particular, really … Suffice to say, I was surprised to find out that Edmonton’s next LRT expansion, following the opening of Southgate and Century Park LRT stations in 2010, will be northeast to Gorman Station by 2012. Up until a few...

Monday, May 25, 2009, 10:41 AM

TransitCamp aims to give public a voice

At the end of May, transit geeks and activists from across the city will have the opportunity to get together and engage in a dialogue and discuss a range of topics. TransitCamp takes place on Saturday, May 30th from noon to 4:30pm at the World Trade Centre Edmonton (9990 Jasper Avenue).TransitCamp...

Monday, May 4, 2009, 10:58 AM

Edmonton follows Earth Day with opening of LRT expansion

What started as an environmental “teach-in” in April, 1970, has since turned into what we now have come to know as Earth Day, which officially falls on April 22 every year.Locally, however, the real Earth Day excitement doesn’t get started until the following weekend. On Saturday, April 25,...

Monday, April 20, 2009, 11:18 AM

New LRT: Short-term pain for long-term gain

It’s the moment the people of Mill Woods have waited almost 30 years for.For those not “in the know,” Mill Woods was originally intended to have an LRT line serving it from its inception, but that line never materialized. Now finally, the city has begun the process of planning the long-awaited LRT...

Monday, April 6, 2009, 8:38 AM

Funding slash ironic in economic crisis

A few months ago I wrote a column about the $2-billion the provincial government committed to transit projects in Alberta. In that column, I lamented how B.C. was committing $14 billion to transit, while Toronto was gearing up for a $50-billion investment in its transit system.By comparison, the $2...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:06 AM

Are bus tickets the next gift card?

We’ve all had it happen to us at some point.Maybe it was a friend or family member who just wasn’t quite sure what to get us, so they just got a gift card.The biggest problem with gift cards is that up until recently they had expiry dates; so basically if you didn’t use them within a certain time...

Monday, January 19, 2009, 11:04 AM

Late-night service needed every night

Doubtless, many of you went out to celebrate the new year with a drink or two at your favourite establishment. Indeed, I’m sure many of you stayed out into the wee hours of the morning. Those of you who did may have noticed something a little different on the streets of Edmonton, something you...

Monday, January 5, 2009, 10:34 AM