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  1. lucx

    Green Line LRT

    The downtown feasibility study from 2006 may help you. https://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/reports/downtown_final_report.pdf Page 15 is of interest showing downtown routing options. I'm not sure why the city pushed so hard to go underground at 12 ave. The original at-grade 10 Ave option seemed more feasible. Two blocks of economic development didn't seem significant enough to justify the massive cost.
  2. lucx

    Green Line LRT

    The line has to go over or under 7 ave and CPR track. At grade isn't even an option for that portion so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  3. lucx

    Green Line LRT

    Councillor Farrell scoffed at the proposal of an elevated line through the core a few years ago, saying it will destroy Downtown. This will be interesting.
  4. Are they going to paint the camera housing red like on the Series 8s? I thought they would have done that in Sacramento.
  5. lucx

    Green Line LRT

    I watched the March 20 Greenline update and some of Coun. Gondek’s and Coun. Chu’s questioning were based more on emotion and grandstanding than facts and reason. Gondek is worried that Greenline to the North would compete against all transportation projects (Blue line extensions, Center St. BRT enhancements, Deerfoot enhancements etc). She questioned if she should be pushing for affordable housing in her ward to "jack up our rating" for Greenline to the North (affordable housing is one of many criteria for where Phase 2 should go next). She suggests that administration is setting up a competition among wards. Administration’s responded they aim to make the best investment for the city as a whole and for taxpayers in general. They do not want to create competition among wards. Chu questioned if the North is getting ignored because there is no money budgeted in Stage 1 for land acquisition north of 16 Ave. Chu has previously expressed how the north was getting “screwed” in previous Green Line updates.
  6. FWIW I asked Calgary Transit customer service a few years ago about paying more to remove AC and they replied saying it wasn’t the case. However the philosophy at the time was utilitarian and no frills: Strict adherence to a philosophy of using basic, proven technology (e.g., LRT cars are without automated diagnostics, automated passenger counting, air conditioning) and utilitarian design (e.g., primarily surface operation) has minimized the cost and risks associated with system development and has enabled the LRT extensions to be delivered on time and within budget. source: https://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/reports/calgarys_lrt_1st_25years_trb_revised.pdf
  7. There are some interesting tid bits from the mayor's speech at the grand opening. SW BRT may be called Max Brown, though I think Yellow or Gold would be better primary options before resorting to tertiary colours. The idea was briefly floated to name the lines after fruit: Max Grape, Max Lime and Max Tangerine. The Green line is looking for $3 Billion to complete the route to NorthPointe and Seton (23:55 in the video).
  8. The 8th ave tunnel is projected as "long term" and there's no funding for it. https://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/content/PDF/2013-0118strategyaheadweb2.pdf The Green line will free up some capacity for the Red line and push back the need for the 8th ave tunnel (sorry, I can't find the source or this).
  9. 7th avenue is at capacity at 90-120 seconds as stated above. https://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/reports/lrt_strategic_development_update.pdf
  10. The fragmentation is silly for a system with 2 lines. There was a discussion a few years ago that the system has multiple lines (ie trains going from NE to NW) and would cause confusing "rainbow lines". Sorry, no. The system has 2 lines: red and blue.
  11. Here's the document discussing why they chose not to refurbishing the U2's. TLDR: refurbishing would have costed $2.2 million/car to upgrade them to modern standards (security cameras, air conditioning, wheelchair ramps, etc) and would only extend their lifespans by 10 years. The S200's costed $3.6 million and would last 30+ years. U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf
  12. The SD160s costed $4-4.5 million-ish in the early 2000s because of the weak Canadian dollar. Conclusions can't really be drawn with these numbers without context.
  13. How come the operator steps are different on each end. Is there a reason for the asymmetry?
  14. Shaw sold Global to Corus. Global's partnership with Pattison is nationwide from Vancouver to Halifax.
  15. I noticed the cars that are decalled at the factory have "www" in the website address whereas the ones decalled here is just "calgarytransit.com" which seems to be the new city standard. It must be an oversight since no one else has mentioned it.
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