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Transportation

What we do

We provide a customer focused transportation system, sustainable modes of transportation and promote smarter urban development. We work together to plan, design, build, operate and maintain a complete transportation system that supports all modes of travel.

Strategic Direction

Together with the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) sets a 60 year strategy for the kind of city Calgarians have said they want in the future. The CTP - the plan for future travel choice - is a plan that aims to make it easier to travel around Calgary as our population grows.

Key outcomes include:

Liveable communities

  • A place where people want to live, work and play.
  • Designing and building complete streets to help increase the attractiveness and safety for all travel modes.

Convenient travel choices

  • Getting around your way.
  • Providing a range of convenient travel options for people to meet their daily needs (work, shopping, leisure) including walking, cycling and transit which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A faster and more reliable transportation system

  • Focusing on safety, accessibility, environmental stewardship and managing our infrastructure and assets well.
  • Expanding the Ctrain and rapid transit system to provide frequent and reliable service.
  • Improving road and traffic conditions for commuters and the goods movement industry which Support Calgary’s economy.

Financial stability and sustainability

  • Exploring various funding sources and opportunities to meet future infrastructure and service needs.
  • Better utilizing existing infrastructure and encouraging redevelopment around major transit stations in order to minimize the cost of new infrastructure needed to support a rapidly growing city.

2012–2013 Accomplishments

Achievements to-date and planned initiatives include:

  • The West LRT opened and the NW LRT extension is scheduled to be complete in 2014.
  • The NE LRT line extension from McKnight/ Westwinds to Saddletowne was opened.
  • Three LRT platform extensions on the NE line were completed.
  • Refurbishments to the 7 Avenue CTrain Station were completed.
  • Reviewed and optimized the existing bus network to improve efficiency.
  • Continued to provide snow and ice control and street cleaning operations on city streets.
  • Planned and implemented more transportation system management and optimization projects, including traffic signal re-timing, intersection and safety improvements.
  • Recycled glass collected via the municipal blue box system was put to use by incorporating it into road building materials.
  • Construction Concrete Crews took on over 250 locations left behind by Asty Construction, which had recently gone bankrupt. Approximately 750 linear meters of additional concrete needed to be poured as a result.
  • Implementation of the Cycling Strategy, constructing new and improving existing bikeways (bicycle routes, lanes, and cycle tracks), maintaining bikeways year round, and promoting cycling as a transportation choice to Calgarians.
  • Identified, planned and invested in transportation infrastructure and services in Activity Centres and Corridors to provide more choices in how people live, work and move.
  • Work has begun on the preliminary design of the Green Line, Southeast Transitway and Glenmore/ Ogden interchange.

Improving how we deliver services

  • Optimized transit service by matching frequency with demand, using community shuttles on less travelled routes to achieve $2 million in savings.
  • Offered real time customer information to most CTrain stations.
  • Reduced overhead in Roads by consolidating Roads district yards, and adopting a new lease and maintenance procurement strategy for a combined savings of $2.5 million.
  • Brought in a new paving technology called ‘Full Depth Reclamation’ that reuses existing asphalt. This technology saves money, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, lowers energy use, and reduces consumption of resources.
  • Re-aligned overlapping functions between business units to achieve $1.3 million in cost reductions.
  • Intelligent Congestion Reduction (ICR) Project: implementation of the trial AM peak northbound left turn restriction at 24 Avenue - Crowchild Trail NW to improve the capacity of southbound Crowchild Trail NW.
  • Construction commenced on the permanent installation of the AM peak southbound left turn restriction at Lake Fraser Gate – Macleod Trail to improve capacity of northbound Macleod Trail S.

Flood 2013

Transportation provided and will continue to provide support for flood-related recovery work to repair infrastructure. In particular, Roads operational staff helped barricade the unsafe areas, built berms to divert the water, cleared debris, and continue to participate in the reconstruction and restorations. The Roads Operations Centre worked 24/7, in conjunction with the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to provide coordinated planning and direction to all our frontline crews.

Flood-related recovery projects completed and/or underway include the following:

  • Restoring two lanes washed out at 25 Avenue/ Macleod Trail.
  • Reconstruction of Heritage Drive.
  • Rebuilding of pathways and rehabilitation of park for Parks, sidewalk and road replacement at 25 Avenue (Scollen Bridge).
  • Victoria Park garage, two downtown tunnels and Erlton LRT tracks/25 Avenue have been completely recovered.
  • All landscaping and animal exhibits at the Calgary Zoo needed to be recovered. Project design and recovery work is in progress.
  • Bank restoration and pathway replacement and resiliency work for Elbow River pathway project (Victoria Bridge to MacDonald Bridge) to be done in 2014.
  • Demolition, removal, reconstruction of three pedestrian bridge replacements along Elbow River that were completely washed out.
  • Various locations require:
    • traffic signals, street lighting, and underpass restoration;
    • traffic sign replacement;
    • road repairs and sinkholes, pavement and sidewalk reconstruction;
    • slope rehabilitation and guardrails, landscaping and fences reconstruction.

Budget

Total Gross Budget 2014 - $565.4

Tax-Supported Net Operating Budget 2014 - $363.5M

 

Transportation Operating Budget

 

2014 Capital Budget - $515M

 

Transportation Capital Budget

 

What services do we provide?

Transportation Planning and Department-wide services (TP)

2014 Net Operating Budget - $10.2 M

  • We plan pedestrian, cycling and transit facilities, major roads, expressways and interchanges.
  • We establish funding priorities for walking, cycling, transit and road projects. We improve the operation of existing roads, such as lane reversals and intersection improvements, to address heavy traffic into and out of the downtown core. We collect travel information for all modes, and analyze and report results.
  • We forecast travel demand throughout the city and region to help make good decisions about our transportation system. We work with planners, parks experts and others to create a more sustainable urban form. We work with companies to reduce auto trips by promoting transit, carpooling, working from home, walking and cycling.
  • We oversee strategic transportation planning and budgeting and align finances with capital, land and infrastructure needs to responsibly manage resources we own or steward. We provide direction and oversight on employee safety, wellness and development.
  • We provide enhanced performance measurement, report to Council and respond to requests of The Mayor and City Council.
  • We provide innovation solutions to optimize traffic operations and design roadway upgrades to enhance traffic flow.

DID YOU KNOW? Calgary constructed the city’s first cycle track downtown on 7 Street SW. It is the busiest on-street bikeway in Calgary with over 1,100 cyclists using it daily last summer.

Calgary Transit (CT)

2014 Net Operating Budget - $209.1 M

  • We deliver safe, clean, reliable and well-maintained public transit. We provide over 2.7 million hours of service each year.
  • We provide fixed-route service using community shuttles, bus, bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT).
  • We have over 1,000 buses and shuttles, over 190 light rail vehicles, 44 CTrain stations and over 150 bus routes.
  • In partnership with several service providers, Access Calgary provides specialized transportation services for people with disabilities.
  • We have over 3,000 employees who keep the system running for our customers. DID YOU KNOW? Over 105 million rides were taken on Calgary Transit in 2013. Transportation Infrastructure (TI) Net Operating Budget $0 M
  • We plan, design and build safe, efficient and sustainable transportation infrastructure, including West LRT, the Glenmore/Elbow/5 Street Interchange, Project and the Airport Tunnel.
  • We design and construct key pedestrian, cycle, transit and roadway projects.
  • We implement capital funded projects. Since 2007, we have completed 125 kilometres of roadway, 14 kilometres of LRT track, seven new or upgraded LRT stations, seven pedestrian bridges, five interchanges and four road/river crossings.
  • We are working to expand the LRT in three quadrants and create new roadways. Our goal is project management excellence, and we strive to build projects on time, under budget and with the highest of quality standards.
  • Our work addresses high construction costs, land acquisition, competition for contractors, environmental regulation and public consultation.

DID YOU KNOW? Over 105 millions rides were taken on Calgary Transit in 2013.

Transportation Infrastructure (TI)

2014 Net Operating Budget - $0M

  • We plan, design and build safe, efficient and sustainable transportation infrastructure, including West LRT, the Glenmore/Elbow/5 Street Interchange, Project and the Airport Tunnel.
  • We design and construct key pedestrian, cycle, transit and roadway projects.
  • We implement capital funded projects. Since 2007, we have completed 125 kilometres of roadway, 14 kilometres of LRT track, seven new or upgraded LRT stations, seven pedestrian bridges, five interchanges and four road/river crossings.
  • We are working to expand the LRT in three quadrants and create new roadways. Our goal is project management excellence, and we strive to build projects on time, under budget and with the highest of quality standards.
  • Our work addresses high construction costs, land acquisition, competition for contractors, environmental regulation and public consultation.

DID YOU KNOW? We consider lifecycle maintenance costs in any review of road design standards and specifications.

Roads

2014 Net Operating Budget - $142.3 M

  • We work on new subdivisions and developers’ road construction.
  • We manage accidents and detours, monitor traffic and adjust traffic signal timing through the Traffic Management Centre.
  • We maintain road pavement, including snow and ice control, spring clean up/street cleaning, street repairs, bridges and structures, street furniture, and boulevards.
  • We conduct a pavement surface condition assessment of all our arterial, major, collector and industrial roads every second year. Local residential roads are assessed every six years.
  • We design and build traffic control devices, road signs and pavement markings.
  • We build and maintain streetlights, sidewalks, medians, curbs and gutters.
  • We have a robust asset management program.
  • We issue various permits to the public for road related works and activities.
  • We operate construction compliance programs.
  • We produce aggregates and asphalt paving products.
  • We provide training for employees to ensure the safe and efficient operation of our vehicles and equipment for the benefit of both our employees and our citizens.
  • We analyze existing operations and investigate alternatives to ensure Roads is providing efficient and excellent service to citizens.

DID YOU KNOW? We resurface approximately 200 lane-kilometres of road each year. We maintain over 16,000 kilometres of roads in the city. On average, there are 10,000 excavation permits each year impacting approximately 45,000m2 of pavement.