Originally Posted by Beltliner
It strikes me that this TGV corridor is going to be asked to serve three wildly incompatible constituencies:
- Commercial inter-city travellers, who would want to travel from downtown to downtown quickly, efficiently, and conveniently on business;
- Airport transfer passengers, who would want to connect themselves and their baggage to flights out of YYC and YEG; and
- Commuter and regional rail passengers, who would want to travel from a variety of exurban communities either to Calgary or to Edmonton for their employment.
To ask one TGV to handle all three of these transportation functions is to condemn the whole system to inefficiency and to failure.
I agree - that is why I would suggest it only go from close to the Calgary Airport to a stop close to Edmonton downtown (or perhaps the LRT serviced TOD the are planning where that old mall was in South Edmonton), bypassing Leduc International. The Calgary station would be a transfer hub handling the LRT (via North-Central line). The highspeed train would NOT continue to downtown. This is not a new idea, as it already part of the "North Central Transit Corridor Review":
"Stations within the Aurora Business Park near 96 Ave including a potential
multimodal interchange terminal that would offer connections with a possible high speed rail station and a transit connection to the Calgary International Airport." - page 26 or 28, depending how you count em'
There is also a map identifying this on page 27 or 29, again, depending how you count em'.
By forcing it downtown to downtown, not leveraging the existing and/or expected LRT systems, the proposal would not be feasible. You undercut the possibility while short-changing both the Calgary International and the LRT.