Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Information sessions on future southeast transit possibilities

The City of Calgary is hosting three information sessions to outline options and hear from citizens about the future of public transit in the southeast.

Between 1999 and 2006, Calgary Transit completed functional planning studies for the future Southeast Light Rail Transit (LRT), one of two new LRT lines planned for Calgary. These studies examined existing transit service, identified the need for LRT based on projected future demand, and considered future LRT alignment, station locations, high-level land requirements and costs.

It is estimated construction of the Southeast LRT between downtown and the South Health Campus in Seton would cost over $2 billion. Since funding is not available to build any amount of new LRT, The City is studying options for staging improvements in the form of bus rapid transit (BRT) on dedicated transitways.

The City has initiated a predesign study for the Southeast Transitway, or SETWAY, with the goal of making significant improvements to public transit service in southeast Calgary in the short term while still enabling LRT in the longer term.

The predesign process will focus on the technology, infrastructure, right of way, and land requirements to get the SETWAY ready for detailed design and construction.

As part of the process, three public information sessions will be held so The City can present findings on the early phases of the predesign to the public for input. A report with recommendations will go to City Council later this year.

The information sessions will be held:
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4-8 p.m. Riverbend CA Hall (19 Rivervalley Dr. SE)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-8 p.m., Ramsay CA Hall (1136 8 St. SE)
Thursday, Jan. 26, 4-8 p.m., McKenzie Towne Hall (40 McKenzie Towne Blvd. SE)

For further information on the Southeast Transitway (SETWAY) predesign study, please visit calgarytransit.com

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