Calgary's Transport Woes on the Mend
APEGGA Branch Told
By Tracey Horne-Pettipas
Calgary is considered one of the best places in the country to live.
But during the past couple of years, Calgarians have had the questionable
pleasure of being packed like sardines on C-trains and buses, or sitting
in their cars getting more and more frustrated not getting anywhere during
rush-hour traffic. Finally, there seems to be a light at the end of that
long journey home.
According to Ken Reashor, P.Eng., manager of transportation planning,
City of Calgary, who spoke at the Calgary Branch Luncheon on Nov. 18,
the city's transportation department has a ten-year plan in place to alleviate
the mounting frustration faced by commuters.
Thanks a Sept. 7 announcement by Premier Ralph Klein, a new transportation
infrastructure plan is being implemented in Alberta. Beginning in April
2000, grants based on five cents per litre of the existing fuel tax from
fuel sold in Edmonton and Calgary will be provided directly to the cities
for transportation infrastructure needs. Currently, Calgarians use approximately
1.7 billion litres of fuel that will net out to $85 million per year for
"Now we have the opportunity and long-term commitment to plan ahead what
we need to build in transportation needs to make much needed changes,"
says Mr. Reashor. "Over the next 10 years, there will be significant improvements
to Calgary roadways, such as adding new light rail trains, new buses and
shuttles, LRT expansions south and north, and wider roads."
The cost breakdown for these improvements is $255 million for ongoing
projects, $752 million for revised critical projects and $202 million
for expanded projects for a grand total of $1.2 billion.
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