The Green Line as one Component of a Comprehensive Modern Transportation
Updated: Oct 10
First, we need to ask ourselves:
What do you want Calgary's future to look like?
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- I will champion the building of the high-speed train between Calgary and Edmonton linking the city centres with connections to the two international airports.
- It will contribute to reduced emissions, congestion, accidents and pollution.
(It can be fully and privately funded).
My blueprint for the future way we live, work and travel will include:
- Firstly, enhancement of the current design of the green line to make it more expandable, faster and affordable, using a system like spokes on a wheel by taking advantage of our Ring Road. A combination of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) (a grid net) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) service.
- Secondly, allocation of strategic locations for charging stations, due to the increased popularity and move to electric vehicles.
Deficiencies in the current Green Line design:
- Current design puts more of the train line on the street level. "The city hasn't had much success in designing on-street LRT alignments that integrate well with surrounding communities."
- It makes a small street even smaller or unsafe, resulting in fatalities.
- It is already a 10-year discussion on this project and will take at least 10 more years to build. There are urgent needs for transportation today, especially in the Northern part of our city.
- There is absolutely no room for a “re-do”, if the current design ends up to be like the Ottawa's Confederation Line light rail system that continues to be plagued by serious problems.
One person wrote:
"I'm in the SE and to even get to the SHCH on transit now is close to an hour and a half! You have to get off at Sommerset and take a bus from there that is almost 30 minutes.is this an efficient system? Time is money".
WE JUST NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
I believe in the multiple benefits of a fast train between Calgary and Edmonton. Investors, and not the taxpayers, would invest their money. Therefore, I encourage the voters to take a serious look at this option.
The world of transportation is changing very fast.
Electric airplanes are getting tantalizingly close to a commercial breakthrough.