Tag: LRT

A preview ride on Calgary’s West LRT…

Written by on November 21, 2012 in Calgary, Transit and Transportation with 0 Comments

Calgary’s West LRT line opens on December 12, 2012. Here’s a preview ride from 69th Street Station to Sunalta Station on the edge of downtown. West LRT has a bit of everything – featuring a minimal number of level crossings, it’s elevated, underground and open trench.

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Calgary plays catch-up on LRV maintenance…

Written by on February 2, 2012 in Calgary, Calgary Politics, Transit and Transportation with 0 Comments
Calgary plays catch-up on LRV maintenance…

Calgary has one of the most successful LRT systems in North America. That success is taking its toll on the oldest LRV’s. Calgary Transit is playing catch-up. Calgary’s overworked and ancient LRT fleet is getting a much-needed tune-up as Calgary Transit rejigs and rethinks the way its mechanical crews deal with the vehicles, especially the […]

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Making money from transit….

Making money from transit….

Here in Calgary, the 2011 Census results were recently released. Calgary is a smidge under 1.1 million people. There’s not enough money for all the infrastructure projects we would like and need to build. Instead of just waiting for the provincial or federal governments to hand us money I have advocated that Calgary ask for […]

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Ottawa LRT shifts tunnel plans…

Written by on July 10, 2011 in Calgary, Canada, Investing, Transit and Transportation with 0 Comments
Ottawa LRT shifts tunnel plans…

Ottawa has been working on a LRT plan for a 13.5km long route featuring a 3.2km tunnel downtown. Ottawa’s plan has attracted much attention because of the tunnel segment. Here’s the link to Ottawa’s LRT site. Calgary has one of the most successful LRT systems in North America. Calgary put more money into building more […]

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Jackass Executive speaks….

Jackass Executive speaks….

One of the most frustrating aspects of Calgary’s “Airport Tunnel” saga has been the arrogance and blatant stupidity of the Calgary Airport Authority. Calgary will be here in fifty years. The airport will be here in fifty years. The people currently running the airport are just passing through. Their job is to help Calgary and […]

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My presentation to Calgary City Council

Written by on February 5, 2011 in Calgary, Calgary Politics, Transit and Transportation with 1 Comment
My presentation to Calgary City Council

Oi! I’m about three months late putting this up here. This is my presentation to Calgary City Council during the public presentation section of the budget process. This is the second time I’ve spoken during this opportunity. I briefly touch on the budget and then move to what I really want to talk about. Your […]

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LRT, not streetcars…

Written by on January 30, 2011 in Alberta, Calgary, Canada, Transit and Transportation, World with 0 Comments
LRT, not streetcars…

The Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee writes about Calgary’s LRT system. Metro Toronto has what is called the Transit City plan. My reading of Transit City is, that for the most part, it has very little in common with Calgary’s use of LRT. A commentator on Gee’s article writes…. Light rail is a technology… How […]

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Transit Construction Funding – Rail + Property

Written by on December 15, 2010 in Calgary, Transit and Transportation, Vancouver, World with 1 Comment
Transit Construction Funding – Rail + Property

A key issue in places like Calgary and Vancouver is the funding of more rapid transit. Gas taxes, property taxes, hands out from the provincial governments are just a few of the options. Something I would like to see more of is – the transit agencies profiting from the development that occurs around LRT or […]

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The Big Yellow Thing

Written by on November 6, 2010 in Transit and Transportation with 0 Comments
The Big Yellow Thing

It first worked in Vancouver helping build the Canada line. Now it’s in Calgary helping build the West LRT. Here’s the route animation for West LRT. The Big Yellow Thing has its own Facebook fan group. Click on the first photo to go through them, or click for the slideshow.

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Calgary bridges I would like to see built….(1)

Written by on October 26, 2010 in Calgary, Calgary Politics, Transit and Transportation with 0 Comments
Calgary bridges I would like to see built….(1)

194th Avenue South Most Calgarians quickly realize that the city is short several river crossings. Day after after, year after year, this costs Calgarians in time and money and you better believe it adds up to big $$$. Here are some of the river crossings I would to see built in Calgary, in no particular […]

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