If you go into this website posted above: www.members.shaw.ca/lrtincalgary/samsonyuen said:It's strange how much quicker the C-Train grew compared to its near identical sized sister to the North's LRT. Which system becan first, and was it more provincial or municipal politics that played a role in that? Can anyone provide a step-by-step account of LRT lengths and extensions?
It will pay dividends evetually. You are right. But I don't know if Calgary will ever bury the current lines through downtown. The SE line however will be buried and will come up 10th ave, then make a turn underground onto 2nd street, and eventually terminate in Eau Claire. The West line (which will likely be the next line) will just be an extension past the City Centre terminus at 10th street West, go through the current site of the science centre and up bow trail. That line will not add any bottle-neck to the 7th ave line. But any SE or North line would have to go elsewhere.coldrsx said:i love the c-train....but i think having the LRT underground DOWNTOWN will pay dividends in the next few years when calgary will have to ante up huge $$$ to do the same. Edmonton meanwhile will take a similar amount and finish the SLRT and work on the WLRT to WEM.
the one thing to remember is that Edmonton has many more centres of employment scattered throughout the city where as calgary is downtown focussed. This makes mass transit more viable and more accessible.
either way, im happy to see both cities really expanding and investing in mass transit.
/\ I ride the LRT on a consistent basis and have yet to bump into a homeless person 'loitering' in the corridors. I mean, yes, they exist, but it's no different than what I've experienced in other major cities.Mock said:The underground is alright, but the stairs leading down become havens for the homeless after hours.
Calgary's speed is amazing, I remember visiting Calgary Zoo a few years ago and all they had were the Red Line and the Blue Line. I blame Edmonton's slowness mostly on the NIMBYs, they seem to be much more vocal here than in cowtown...or maybe your council just ignores them?
/\ At the time, NE Edmonton was one of the fastest growing areas of the city. Then came 1981 and all of those forecasts / projections went out the window.ssiguy2 said:^^^^^^^^^Thanks for the map.
The problem with EdmontonLRT is that first, they decided to go NW first. A slower growth area with lower density. Then the city council was stupid enough not to focus growth there. They also spent a fortune on the underground in downtown. Sure nice for winter but it drained the system and couldn't then afford to extend the system.
Calgary didn't go the underground downtown and instead made the CTrain far more extensive. The result???........CTrain has 5times the ridership of the EdmontonLRT.