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Old February 14th, 2012, 06:12 AM   #101
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i see very good things of this system and i hear its legendary exactly a very car dependent city can also become a very transit orinted city.

Dallas Texas is an example i can say that is very car depended but brought Light Rail and communter rail and then it became more of a transit city now.

also i think a communter rail network would benefit calgary more Light rail is great and awesome but it can be complmented with a communter rail network to reach areas further out to serve the other communties.

but Calgary great job on your system and that its expanding even more its starting to remind me of not just Dallas but of also Los Angeles another car depended city becoming a transit city, Denver, Salt Lake city, Charolette, houston, portland oregon, Seattle washington, etc.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #102
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also i think a communter rail network would benefit calgary more Light rail is great and awesome but it can be complmented with a communter rail network to reach areas further out to serve the other communties.
I'm not sure where commuter rail would actually go. In Calgary the LRT fulfills the role of both a commuter rail and a metro. The whole metro area is only about 1.2 million population and the light rail reaches almost to the edge of the built up area. From the end of each line it's only a few km to the open wilderness.

I can't think of anywhere else nearby with a big enough population. Okotoks and Cochrane are close enough but only 25,000 and 18,000 respectively.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #103
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ohh but thats an odd system then because here in the united states most light rail and metro systems are complmented with a communter rail system along with intercity Rail.

like Dallas Texas has the DART light rail and its complmented by two Communter Rail systems, San Jose california has a light rail system and its complmented by several communter rail systems.

i always thought a communter rail system was needed???? its odd???
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Old February 15th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #104
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ohh but thats an odd system then because here in the united states most light rail and metro systems are complmented with a communter rail system along with intercity Rail.

like Dallas Texas has the DART light rail and its complmented by two Communter Rail systems, San Jose california has a light rail system and its complmented by several communter rail systems.

i always thought a communter rail system was needed???? its odd???
A lot of it has to do with the scale of the metropolitan area. Dallas, San Francisco/San Jose, etc. are huge immense areas. And the scales of their rapid transit systems do not match the scales of the metropolitan areas, hence the need for commuter rail systems to deliver service areas from the core to the periphery and peripheral cores across long distances.

Within San Francisco Bay Area, aside from the West peninsula, one can argue that the BART serves dual purpose as a rapid transit system and a commuter rail system because the scale of the BART system (in this case, by scale, I'm referring to system capacity and design, distance between stops, etc.) seems more like a hybrid between traditional rapid transit and commuter rail.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 08:54 PM   #105
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Dallas and Calgary have lots in common. I live in Dallas and have been to Calgary several times, and am always fascinated by the similarities.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #106
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so Calgary is not as massive as those other cities i listed?

but still this is a great light rail system will there be a streetcar system for the inner city transit while the light rail for outer city transit as well.

and i think Calgary light rail should connect to the airport so people can have a downtown to airport ride.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 12:45 AM   #107
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ohh but thats an odd system then because here in the united states most light rail and metro systems are complmented with a communter rail system along with intercity Rail.

like Dallas Texas has the DART light rail and its complmented by two Communter Rail systems, San Jose california has a light rail system and its complmented by several communter rail systems.

i always thought a communter rail system was needed???? its odd???
what's a communter rail?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #108
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its regional rail its just here in the states we call regional rail "communter rail" like such examples is Long Island Railroad, Metro North, Nj Transit rail services, Septa regional rail, Metra (chicago), etc.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #109
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"communter rail"
BTW, this LRT is named C Train
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Old March 18th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #110
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I myself was just about to post this well-filmed, good compilation
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Old March 20th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #111
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i see very good things of this system and i hear its legendary exactly a very car dependent city can also become a very transit orinted city.

Dallas Texas is an example i can say that is very car depended but brought Light Rail and communter rail and then it became more of a transit city now.

also i think a communter rail network would benefit calgary more Light rail is great and awesome but it can be complmented with a communter rail network to reach areas further out to serve the other communties.

but Calgary great job on your system and that its expanding even more its starting to remind me of not just Dallas but of also Los Angeles another car depended city becoming a transit city, Denver, Salt Lake city, Charolette, houston, portland oregon, Seattle washington, etc.
It is good news that these cities are starting to incorporate more transit into their infrastructure. I would NOT call them transit cities by a long shot though as transit ridership is negligible in comparison to a true transit city (NYC: 338 km of subway with express and local service for 24 hrs, 3 commuter rail lines, PATH train, and Jersey light rail systems)
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Old March 20th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #112
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You must be wishing the following: incorporating more infrastructure into their public transport
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 01:14 AM   #113
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A lot of it has to do with the scale of the metropolitan area. Dallas, San Francisco/San Jose, etc. are huge immense areas. And the scales of their rapid transit systems do not match the scales of the metropolitan areas, hence the need for commuter rail systems to deliver service areas from the core to the periphery and peripheral cores across long distances.

Within San Francisco Bay Area, aside from the West peninsula, one can argue that the BART serves dual purpose as a rapid transit system and a commuter rail system because the scale of the BART system (in this case, by scale, I'm referring to system capacity and design, distance between stops, etc.) seems more like a hybrid between traditional rapid transit and commuter rail.
Yep. Calgary doesnt have much of what we can consider suburbs.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 01:17 AM   #114
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Here are photos dated April 2012 from the WestLRT website showing construction on this new light rail line through the west side of Calgary
source: http://www.westlrt.ca/contentdesign/...ndashboard.cfm


45 St station


45 St station


69 St station


69 St station entrance to underground track from 17 Ave


69 St station looking east to west


69 St platform level looking east


69 St tunnel under 69 St SW


Shaganappi Point station aerial view with golf course


Shaganappi Point station


Sirocco station facing northeast


Sirocco station tracks heading towards 69 St station


Sunalta station


Sunalta station


Sunalta station


Sunalta station


Sunalta station


Westbrook station


Westbrook station looking south


Westbrook station


http://www.calgarytransit.com/html/west_lrt.html

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Old April 28th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #115
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Wheres the underground section?
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Old April 28th, 2012, 07:09 AM   #116
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The underground parts are at Westbrook and 69 St stations

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Old November 5th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #117
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This is a much belated update on Calgary's northeast LRT extension. Since no one posted the update, I think I am going to do it.

After three years of construction, Calgary LRT Line 202 (Line II) is extended for two more stops from McKnight-Westwind to Saddletowne on Saturday August 25. The mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi drives the first train to the new terminal station at Saddletowne. The extension is 2.9 km in total length with two new stations, and this extension brings the total kilometreage of Calgary's LRT system to 51.7km. Average daily ridership on Calgary's LRT system is more than 270,000.

This 1983 Siemens-Duwag U2 train (3-car consists) is leaving the old terminal station at McKnight-Westwind, heading for Saddletowne.


The train is going into a cross road tunnel below 64th Avenue NE.




This is the new Saddletowne Station.






Second generation LRT train in Calgary, Siemens SD160.


Since this is the beginning of new school year, after a long summer holiday, these old buses are coming out again.


The tracks are laid all the way to the back of Saddletowne Station.




Outbound train arriving at Saddletowne.


The bus terminal next to the Saddletowne Station.


Pedestrian gate.


Ticket vending machine.


Concrete track bed.




Section insulator.



Residential neighborhoods immediately next to the track.
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Those photos are too small; can't see anything
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Old November 6th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #119
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CTrain is a great system and considering the relatively small size of the city and it's VERY high income levels, the ridership is fantastic.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #120
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The 8.2 km Calgary West LRT has opened for revenue service this morning, Monday, December 10, 2012.
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