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  1. lucx

    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. 🤷‍♂️
  3. lucx

    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.
  4. lucx

    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.
  5. lucx

    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
  6. lucx

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. lucx

    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.
  9. lucx

    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.
  10. lucx

    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.
  11. lucx

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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)_/¯
  15. 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.
  16. Are they going to paint the camera housing red like on the Series 8s? I thought they would have done that in Sacramento.
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    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.
  18. 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
  19. 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).
  20. 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).
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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