Originally Posted by Justin10000
How is the transit in Calgary's Suburbs? Do use transit in the 'burbs'?
It's well, and nice that peopel use transit during peak hours, but how about after peak hours?
Regardless of whether this is in jest or not...
Calgary is a unicity where the vast majority of the metro population (90%) lies within the city itself, and is therefore served by Calgary Transit. The exurbs' (Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, and Chestermere are the closest and most notable, and High River and Strathmore further away) built area is separated by quite an expanse from Calgary's built area. Calgary's built area will eventually butt up against its neighbours though.
At any rate, currently this allows for decent service in peak times and not bad in off-hours either. Usually 30-40 minute frequency at worst offpeak on weekdays, and an hour at worst on Sundays and holidays for all but the newest, least populated suburbs within the city. These new areas usually get peak-service only, and ramping up to full service within a year or two. A lot of the bus system feeds into either the LRT, the growing number of BRT routes, or goes downtown. Of course once WLRT opens up and the SELRT hopefully soon after, most of the system will feed into rail transit.
As for the exurbs, private coachlines serve the communities for peaktime commuting to varying degrees currently, and a proper public regional transit system is on its way. First, buses from the exurbs will feed into the furthest-out LRT stations, then in a decade or less commuter rail will start running into the downtown.
As for the thread topic, it's good to hear. Not sure why all the talk is about Vancouver, but to address that, I can't wait to see the Canada Line open up and of course all the other improvements. Here's to both cities having successful systems.
I'll add this too.
Summary of major mass transit projects underway/in the works
- extension to existing line, Red
- new line, Green
- overall system improvement
NW Extension to Crowfoot
- 1 station - 4 km of track - opens May or June 2009
NW Extension to Rocky Ridge/Tuscany
- 1 station - 2 km of track - opens late 2011, starts construction in the spring
NE Extension to Saddleridge
- 2 stations - 2.9 km of track - opens late 2010/early 2011 - construction underway
- 7 stations - 8.4 km of track, opens late 2012/early 2013, starts construction in the fall
4/5 car length platforms plus traction power upgrades
- partially funded - should be done around 2013/2014 - current operating capacity is 3 LRVs
Unfunded, Expected completion in 5-10 years
SELRT Phase I
- 6 or 7 stations plus 4 downtown plus storage and maintenance facility - should see funding soon, top transportation priority - Phase II
will be 6 or 7 more stations, ~25 km of track altogether
- 3 or 4 stations - study being conducted, difficult to get a timeline until it comes out, but increasing political will to do it
North Central LRT
- ~10 stations - partial alignment known - probably over a decade away - corridor currently served by BRT
- 3 more stations to south line - 4 more stations to NE line - 2 more stations to West line - may see some of these within a decade, most will be longer term