While Edmonton’s streets were initially the domain of horses and carriages, before quickly developing into a complex network of streetcars in the early 20th century, servicing the downtowns and commuter suburbs nearby.

The city’s rapid expansion outward oriented its citizens towards private transportation, especially in the post-war boom years. While Edmonton’s public transit was relegated to a secondary mode of transportation for many, it has recently expanded through light rail transit to accommodate the city’s population growth.