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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:40 AM   #121
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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:40 AM   #122
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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:42 AM   #123
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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #124
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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.
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i always thought a communter rail system was needed???? its odd???
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so Calgary is not as massive as those other cities i listed?
While Calgary is a large city that does suffer from a large amount of urban sprawl, there is one notable difference between it and many other North American cities; Calgary grew under the Unicity concept. Essentially, almost all of metropolitan Calgary is a single contiguous urban development within the City of Calgary. Our urban sprawl does not leap frog the city limits and occur in suburban towns and cities in the Greater Calgary area. Nevertheless, there are some towns in the hinterland that have become satellite towns.

These satellite towns are few in number but do manage to absorb and concentrate the urban development that occurs in the hinterland, which helps eliminate patchwork sprawl on the fringes of the city. Now, what does this mean for commuter rail?

The extreme majority of Calgary's workforce is located in Calgary so the City and Calgary Transit are focused on moving Calgarians around Calgary. They are in no rush in develop a commuter rail system that will help erode our tax base and require the use of the limited Provincial funding, which could be better spent on local projects that would benefit Calgarians.


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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.
The former is something I'd like to see and hopefully RouteAhead will help deliver these types of projects. An airport spur off of the Blue Line is planned but as these types of lines do not generate as many trips as one would think, it is not high on the priority list.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #125
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Are there any plas to put underground the downtown part of the LRT?
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It get's discussed from time to time. The city already has a starter tunnel that was built for the LRT but never used.

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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:42 AM   #127
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Are there any plas to put underground the downtown part of the LRT?
Calgary Transit recently finished the first draft of RouteAhead, their long-term goals and plans in theory. It looks as though the 8th Avenue subway, which would move the blue line underground through the core, is fifth on the LRT priority list (i.e. red items below).
  1. Begin the north and south stages of the green line.
  2. Extend the red line south.
  3. Extend the blue line north.
  4. Create an airport spur line off of the blue line.
  5. Realign the red line along an 8th Avenue Subway.


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Old December 14th, 2012, 05:49 AM   #128
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Talk about a city that does transit right!
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Old December 14th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #129
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Now all they need is high speed rail to Edmonton and Vancouver...
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Old December 14th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #130
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Edmonton maybe, Vancouver would be impossible.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #131
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Now all they need is high speed rail to Edmonton and Vancouver...
Unfortunately, both Calgary and Edmonton's intra-city public transportation networks are not sufficiently developed to the point where they could handle such inter-city links. RouteAhead will do a lot to help Calgary reach that point, hopefully the Provincial and Federal government will both help and enable the City to realize this plan.


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Edmonton maybe, Vancouver would be impossible.
Oddly enough, I think an HS link to Vancouver would have a much larger impact. The cities are actually pretty close but the mountains are such a massive barrier. If they could ever afford to punch/bore a straightish line through the Rockies, I think trade could flourish.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 09:21 PM   #132
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This thread is dead. How come? Calgary has an awesome C-Train! It's been extended recently and in my opinion it is a very good metro-like transportation system.
Here are my pics from last august.

First the C-train map at the station:




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Trash people left some trash behind. Unfortunately jerks are everywhere.


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Old September 18th, 2013, 09:34 PM   #134
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Entering the downtown.


This is actually the only piece of the total system, that i dont like.
But its very common in north american metros. The downtown part
is a mix - trains with cars. Totally the opposite than in other cities worldwide.
This makes the speed getting much slower due to intersections,
signals, pedestrians ect.



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The new part of the blue line, the western branch to 69th Street





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Excellent photos of Calgary's growing light-rail system. Bravo.
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For it's size, Calgary has Canada's best transit system.

It's CTrain is now nearly as large as Vancouver's with double the population, Montreal with triple the population, and Toronto with 5 times the population. For a city of just 1.2 million and to get ridership of 310,000/day on it's LRT along is fantastic. It is, by far, the most successful LRT system in NA.

The thing that makes it even more of a success is that Calgary is a VERY wealthy city with the highest average income of any metropolitan city in the country. Calgarians more so than probably anyone else can afford private transportation but instead to take transit. This in Canada's Oil Capitol and Calgary Transit has higher per-capita ridership than so-called "green" Vancouver. The CTrain is also the ONLY rapid transit system in NA that runs 100% on renewable energy.....wind from nearby wind farms.

By ANY metric, the CTrain and Calgary Transit is a stellar success and proves that even in once car dominated cities with very high disposable incomes, people will take transit if the service is good.

It's amazing what a little planning can accomplish.
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Thank you for the pictures, but this is a public transport forum; please put information/pictures about roads in the respective forums.
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Some more pictures:



The C-Train still has a lot of level crossings but it runs very fast in my opinion
and the crossings dont affect the travel time so much.



And comparing to some other metros or LRTs in North America the ride itself
is very smooth.

An old train on the eastern branch of the blue line:
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