Let’s toss out “core vs. edge” arguments and focus on building a great LRT system.

Hamilton’s LRT saga is a cautionary tale for Calgary

Last week was a busy one for Calgary’s new Green Line LRT project. On September 21 the Transportation and Transit Committee approved the fully-underground option through Crescent Heights and the downtown core. Also, after pressure from the Beltline Neighbourhood Association, area businesses, the Stampede, and (in the interest of full disclosure) myself the committee voted to put the high-scoring 12 Avenue underground alignment through the Beltline back on the table after it was removed solely due to its cost. What was most interesting about

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Cost-compromising of the past is out, “doing it right” is in.

Green Line can learn from Red and Blue

This week, the City held a second round of open houses which trimmed down the options of how the Green Line LRT is going to pass through the Beltline as it makes its way from Downtown into Inglewood and Ramsay. I’ve written before about the possibilities for getting through the Beltline, and even done some playing with what a street-level LRT might look like on 10, 11, and 12 Avenues. Since then I’ve become convinced that the best option by a decent margin,

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How we charge for transit reflects how we view its purpose

Should Calgary Transit go to a distance based fare?

One common discussion topic for transit has to do with fare, and how it is decided. Today we will look at three ways that Calgary Transit could set fares riders for using their service: fixed, distance based, and demand based fare. Each of these schemes has their own advantages and drawbacks, but the one we choose says a lot about our fundamental principles on what transit is supposed to be. I guess the first question is: what is transit supposed to be? Is it

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In order to make new travel decisions, we must have viable choice

Calgarians want reasonable mobility alternatives

There was an article in the Herald in August that reported on new numbers reflecting a change in Calgarians’ commuting habits over the past 5 years. The basic conclusion is nicely summed up in the title: Carpooling and cycling increase while majority opt to drive. The article dovetailed nicely with the 1 millionth trip recorded on the cycle track network, and for that reason generated some interesting reactions from people in the public sphere. My own initial reaction to the Herald article

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