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  |  Posted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 06:00 am

SYSTEM TWEAKS – The city is adjusting the timing of traffic lights along St. Albert Trail, where a new practice of allowing only protected left turns is also being rolled out.
SYSTEM TWEAKS – The city is adjusting the timing of traffic lights along St. Albert Trail, where a new practice of allowing only protected left turns is also being rolled out.
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Signal timing changes

In addition to the protected left-hand turn changes coming along St. Albert Trail, the traffic signal timings are being changed after considering updated traffic volume counts.

Information from the city also notes there will be seasonal traffic signal timing to address different road conditions implemented.

Other changes include giving pedestrians a head start on crossing the street in high pedestrian traffic areas or close to areas of “more vulnerable road users” where there aren’t already left-turn arrows that could conflict with pedestrians.

There will also be some accessible pedestrian signal infrastructure, pedestrian countdown timers and additional signal head indicators installed at various intersections.

New look for transit tickets, buses

The city’s botanical arts brand will now be included as part of the redesigned commuter and local bus tickets for riders of St. Albert Transit.

The new tickets can be validated in the date/time stamp machines at LRT stations in Edmonton.

Tickets will now be available in booklets of 10 as well.

St. Albert Transit is also encouraging customers to swap their old tickets for the new ones at the two transit stations or the transit office, a news release from the city said.

The new branding can already be spotted on the city’s new handibuses. There are new decals on bus stop signs and the existing bus fleet. A new Ride Guide and monthly passes will start in May.

The full new look for transit vehicles will be implemented as new buses are added to the fleet.

City external audit completed

Representatives from Deloitte, the city’s auditor, presented their annual audit report and a list of recommendations for the city during Monday’s standing committee on finance meeting.

A new recommendation added to the list this year after completing the 2013 audit was for more documentation to be recorded around the fair value estimates for tangible capital assets received as contributions.

Mayor Nolan Crouse asked the auditors if council was to set a priority for the next couple of years with regards to financial reporting, what it would be.

Rachel Gosse of Deloitte suggested to continue to strengthen the control environment, though she said they’ve seen significant improvement in documentation and rigour in St. Albert.

“From our perspective they’re (administration’s) focusing on the right things,” she said, though she suggested giving direction to continue to improve documentation.

The committee received the auditor’s year-end communication as information and then recommended approving the consolidated financial statements for 2013 to council.

Council then convened for just a few minutes while it unanimously approved the financial statements.


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