Originally Posted by Socguy
That's a very interesting blog 5seconds! I always figured that as soon as the SW ring road was completed the developers would start clamoring to build (Eventually jamming whatever road they build) I didn't realize that an 80,000 strong area was on the books already just waiting for the road. With planing on that scale, it may benefit the city to plan for an eventual C-Train line along with whatever road solution they finally settle on.
Thanks! Yes, the Providence area was approved in 2006 on condition of a Sarcee Trail extension (among others).
Here is the reporting on the approvals: LINK
The regional policy can be found here: LINK
Here is a link from urban planners working on the area, including some plans and images:
As for LRT: At one point there was a long-range plan for the LRT to head south from the WestLRT at 17th avenue down Sarcee Trail, through the reserve and end up in Providence. However, those plans seem to have disappeared, and the 2009 Southwest Calgary Ring Road design makes no allowance for an LRT along that corridor. (despite the proposed Tsuu T'ina agreement allowing for LRT usage)
There is currently a semi-plan to run the LRT from Providence eastwards along 162 avenue to meet up with the South LRT line though. (I'm not sure if it would join the tracks there and continue north, or if it would be separate and require a line-change to go downtown). Initially it would be BRT route, and apparently LRT in the distant future.
EDIT: Mersar beat me to it! The 162ave interchange in the 2009 ring road design included accommodation for an LRT bridge, though no actual design: