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  1. There’s so much about Airport People Mover recommendations that don’t make sense. It needs ~30x today’s ridership to even consider a rail option over bus – this won’t happen for decades and assumptions made today will be completely outdated. The way they justify not to connecting to the Green Line are ridiculous. APM because it takes too long for drivers to switch ends? Passengers might get confused about which train to take? I can understand not wanting to build a 4-car platform. But why not run a 1-car floater train and save the trouble of building another maintenance facility.
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    Ric McIver's June 18 statement: https://twitter.com/RicMcIver/status/1273779752583618560 The NDP government pledged $1.5 billion for Shepard to 16 Ave. The UCP can't use the excuse the money was meant for the full 46 km. They're going to fund it. They just need time to find the money.
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    Green Line LRT

    I received a reply from Councillor Farrell’s staff. She wants Centre Street to be a community street and favors less car traffic. She supports surface LRT in Crescent Heights and I have a feeling the City considers 50% community support a win. One interesting thing form the presentation was a diagram that showed Eau Clair station at a 3% grade underground. Edmonton’s LRT guidelines state a maximum station gradient of 1%. What’s the grade at Barlow station?
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    Green Line LRT

    Today’s Greenline presentation revealed that tunneling under Centre St to 16 Ave is estimated at $250-$300 million. This sounds like back-of-a-napkin math as they admitted it wasn’t a detailed estimate. Anecdotal support from Crescent Heights is 50/50 support for surface LRT and I’d imagine it’s quite less city-wide. Michael Thompson, the Greeline head, previously stated an option to not proceed if there isn’t community support. Can Councillors justify building this section with tepid community support? Is it reasonable to delay this section until funding becomes available to go underground? They didn’t explicitly answer my question if they had a contingency plan if funding is delayed. The response was the federal and provincial partners remain committed to the project. It tells me there is no contingency plan and all the eggs are in stimulus spending. 🤷‍♂️
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    Green Line LRT

    Some tid-bits from today's open house: There's no plans on how to cross 16 Ave. That's for future planners to decide. 2nd Ave station will need land from Eau Claire Mall. The houses north of the mall will probably be expropriated. They are considering having Centre Street BRT share lanes and stations with LRT. If a bus breaks down on the track, the train can single track around it. If feedback shows there isn't community support for surface LRT on Centre St, it will be up to council to decide what to do, ie proceed anyways or stop the line downtown.
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    Green Line LRT

    The renderings are purposely generic. They've made no effort on the station design and architecture and won't until feedback is collected. There's a lot of discourse online about destroying Prince's Island, destroying Centre Street, culturally segregatting Chinatown, etc. There's no way to camouflage the bridge. You might as well embrace it's prominence and make it beautiful like the many other clones of the Esplanade bridge than try to pretend it's not there. However I'm iffy about Centre Street. I don't see it as a net positive for the community without going to 64 Ave. If there's no community suport I don't see how they can proceed.
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    Green Line LRT

    Renderings of Eau Claire, bridge and Centre Street N are available on the Engage site and presumably the open houses. https://engage.calgary.ca/greenline
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    Green Line LRT

    Objectively it probably isn't worth going up to 16 Ave in stage 1. It's a big ask to trade the disruption and downgrading of a functioning street to serve only ~11,000 riders. You can probably make up those riders by extending further south without the disruption. But it's questionable if Council can get past the politics of North vs South.
  9. This is very situational but going home from SAIT where I live involved Red Line > Blue Line > Bus. A bad connection with those transfers could easily mean a 30 minute wait. If you live close to MAX Purple east of 52st, eliminating 1 transfer is significant.
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    Green Line LRT

    NIMBYism. Chinatown community association doesn’t want the line beside the Chinese Cultural Centre. But frankly that place needs the foot traffic. And bringing the alignment closer to Chinatown’s core would only help. Surface on 1st street and sacrificing Sen Lok park for a bridge approach may be more palatable than sacrificing part of Prince’s Island.
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    Green Line LRT

    Chicago has had decades with the El so a surface version of the same thing would be a downgrade. Similarly a massive guideway through downtown Calgary would be considered a downgrade. A representative from Chinatown spoke at the Sept 18 meeting to reaffirm the community's support for a tunnel under 2nd street. He doesn't support surface on 2nd, 1st or Center street as it "destroys Chinatown by having it dissected". I would argue Chinatown is already dissected with heavy traffic on Center. A quiet, low floor surface system on 2nd will only bring more visitors to Chinatown.
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    Green Line LRT

    The building owners don't support it and will fight it aggressively. The councillors were never a fan of it because of negative impacts to the public realm. A lot of the public think it looks ugly. Because of this no one really took this option seriously.
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    Green Line LRT

    This is mostly media speculation with agitation by Councillor Jyoti Gondek. At the September 18 Green Line update, Gondek said she would rather have buses feeding regional rail down Nose Creek than support a delay in Green Line north. Everyone else remained focus on the (precarious) status of Stage 1 rather than go into hyperbole and hypotheticals. There is no appetite at committee for 2 disjointed segments.
  14. They are proposing removing C Track to make room for the reconfigured station. My understanding is they will build a replacement storage track further south.
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