Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuscany Station officially opens for service

The first train pulled into the brand new Tuscany Station Monday morning, marking the first day of service.

The opening of Tuscany Station will help Calgary Transit to better serve the roughly 40,000 Calgarians living in the northwest communities of Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and Tuscany. With Tuscany now open, it’s anticipated that Calgary Transit will see about 9,300 additional weekday passenger trips.

“After all of this construction, we anticipate that a lot of folks will be using this (station) and it really will be a model for suburban station construction,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi during the Tuscany Station opening celebration on Aug. 23.

Between Crowfoot Station and Tuscany Station, 2.5 km of track has been added and the trip to downtown should take roughly 25 minutes.

Bus service in the area has been streamlined to better serve customers, with one new route being added and existing routes altered. Route 157 will service Royal Oak Drive and extend service coverage to the Royal Vista area of 100 Avenue N.W. Route 58 has been changed to Route 169 and Routes 74, 158, 169 and 174 have been revised to service Tuscany Station and will no longer be going to Crowfoot Station.

In addition to the bus, residents in Tuscany, Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak have several options for getting to the station including walking and biking. At most, residents in those areas will have a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute cycle time to the station.

Tuscany Station has two Park and Ride lots – one of the Rocky Ride side and one on the Tuscany side. There are a total of 572 stalls with 179 reserved stalls on the Tuscany side and 107 stalls on the Rocky Ridge side. While reserved parking is full at this time, customers can sign up for the waitlist.

For more information, visit calgarytransit.com, or read our Rider’s Guide.

13 comments:

  1. Yay! Only about five years of dealing with construction there (not including the work on Crowchild Trail itself, which puts it at about a decade, or the future work that will probably have to be done next summer to fix westbound Crowchild there and the mess construction has made of it), and JUST three years later than planned! Show me that video on how magnificent the West LRT is (and how quickly it was built) again!

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  2. Glad to see public transportation improving!

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  3. Why there are no new routes to Valley Ridge? Seems like we are left out in transportation at alk!

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    1. Hey Anonymous,
      What kinda routes are you talking about? Bus routes? Bus routes are determined by the number ot anticipated users. Would someone in Valley Ridge want to be on a bus for 40 minutes, just to arrive at Crowfoot or Tuscany Stn? Add another 30 minutes into downtown....Express bus makes sense into downtown

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    2. Calgary Transit consulted with the Crestmont and Valley Ridge Community Associations as well as residents of the two communities. The overall response was to keep the current Route 408 to Brentwood LRT station and the express Route 70.

      Access to Tuscany Station will be via Crowfoot LRT station and by Route 408 with a transfer at Bowness Road to Route 40 or by CTrain from Brentwood LRT station.

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    3. Maybe Calgary Transit should have consulted with Valley Ridge residents stuck on the Route 408 bus.

      They would have had lots of time for a long interview.

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  4. When is the city going to get an LRT line started in the SE industrial???? 52nd st or Barlow trail SE Southbound

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    1. Here is a document that outlines a concept plan for the Southeast Transitway (Green Line): http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Documents/Transit-projects/southeast-transitway/SE-transitway-concept.pdf

      You can also find more info here: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Southeast-Transitway-(SETWAY).aspx

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  5. When does the CITY plan on a SE LRT? Say Southbound Barlow or 52nd street? Maybe 36th se?

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    1. Here is a document that outlines a concept plan for the Southeast Transitway (Green Line): http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Documents/Transit-projects/southeast-transitway/SE-transitway-concept.pdf

      You can also find more info here: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Southeast-Transitway-(SETWAY).aspx

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    2. Thanks for the links. Wonderful to see this being conceptualized at long last!! I'll be grinning ear to ear the day I hear of construction starting on a SE line.

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  6. Waste of taxpayer money. Only line of transit they should have is in downtown core. Reason you don't drive is cause you leach off of society instead of making money to sustain yourself.

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