Originally Posted by polishavenger
I am a proponent of building a base freeway system around Crow, 14th Street South, Glenmore, Macleod Trail south of Anderson, 22x, 16th Ave North, Deerfoot, Ring Road, and then freezing any new freeway construction. Once a base system like that is built, all budgetary resources should be divereted towards public transit.
I would tend to agree with this, though maybe not quite to that extent. My thoughts on 16 ave N are mixed. I think it would be nice if the trans Canada highway were actually a highway through the city. But, I think it would be a huge shame to do that to 16 avenue. Parts of it are pretty nice, and upgrading it to a highway would totally ruin the areas. I'd rather the ring road deal with "through" Calgary traffic.
My opinion as far as developing the roadway goes: Make the roads that have already "damaged the area" as efficient and free-flowing as possible, but don't go beyond that. Calgary already has sprawl. I think we've gone too far with it to simply ignore it and stop building infrastructure that accommodates it (both roads and transit). So, I'd rather the infrastructure catch up with the sprawl... but definitely not sprawl out further.
I'll admit, I'm a bit car biased. I actively enjoy driving. But, I also see transit as a way to increase my driving pleasure... the more convenient transit is, the more likely people who don't care about driving beyond its convenience are to use it... which leads to emptier roads for me to enjoy
Some of the ideas here are really cool! That old plan looks pretty good overall. I agree, though, that McMahon Stadium access looks pretty lacking. Though, I also quite like kw5150's tunnel solution to the Memorial drive bit. Tunnels are inherently cool.