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Business plans and budgets 2012-2014: Transportation

On Nov. 29, Council approved the 2012-2014 business plans and budgets. Below is a summary of Transportation’s approved plan and budget.  For more details view Transportation Business Plan and Budget.

What we do

We plan, design, build, operate and maintain a complete transportation network including pedestrian, bicycle, carpooling, transit and road facilities. We facilitate the efficient and effective movement of people, goods and emergency services and contribute directly to Calgary’s fiscal, economic, environmental and social sustainability by strategically providing services that support Calgarians.

Achieving Council's priority areas

We will help realize Council’s priority of “moving people and goods throughout the city efficiently and sustainably” by:

  • Create a new long-term plan for Calgary Transit
  • Continue to enhance transit customer service
  • Enhance safety, cleanliness and accessibility of the transportation network
  • Implement a new parking policy framework
  • Focus on pedestrian infrastructure in the city centre
  • Invest in infrastructure identified in the Cycling Strategy
  • Optimize the existing road network

Highlights of Council’s approval (Nov. 29, 2011)

Council approved the following key changes to Transportation’s proposed business plan and budget:

  • An additional $1 million  per year for the next 3 years added to Calgary Transit’s budget.
  • $1.8 million in support of the implementation of the Cycling Strategy which includes development of guidelines and further planning for the Cycling Strategy, education, and promotion.
  • $20 increase to the price of senior annual transit pass to $55 in 2012, with decisions on 2013 and 2014 deferred.
  • Establish a reserve fund with $3.5 million each in 2012 and 2013, from the Fiscal Stability Reserve, used exclusively for residential snow clearing during particularly long or high-snow winters in accordance with Council’s approved snow clearing policy. The fund is replenished by the Roads budget surplus in low snow winters.
  • An additional $400,000 to be allocated to pathway snow removal.

Key trends and issues

Mobility –2011 citizen satisfaction survey shows:

  • traffic, roads and transit are the most important issues facing Calgary
  • roads, infrastructure and transit are important to Calgarians and influence perceptions on quality of life

Financial Management – it’s increasingly difficult to address diverse and broad desires of Calgarians due to:

  • limited ability to fund core services plus growth without finding corresponding cuts
  • declining government grant programs

Approved business plan and budget

For more details view Transportation Business Plan and Budget.

Net operating budget (in $ millions)

The table below shows tax-supported budget amounts.

Business Unit 2012 2013 2014
Calgary Transit (CT) $172 $177 $180
Roads (RDS) $132 $132 $134
Transportation Infrastructure* (TI) $0 $0 $0
Transportation Planning (TP) $10 $10 $9
(*) = Funded by non-tax sources including fees and other revenues.

Department operating expenditures

The chart below shows total spending by this department.



Engagement input

From February to May 2011, more than 23,000 participants provided their input on City services, values, priorities and trade-offs through the Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. engagement process.

Examples of what we heard

  • Provide real time transit scheduling information
  • Provide transit fare ticketing options
  • Enhance the snow and ice control program
  • Provide safe infrastructure to encourage more cycling

Examples of how input was used

  • New cycling lanes being installed
  • Transit real time information being implemented
  • Transit ‘Connect’ smart cards available in 2012; ticket machines now accept credit cards and provide change

Examples of how input could not be used

  • Available transit funding will not cover service requests in new communities

Budget increases and reductions

Examples of reducing costs with improved efficiencies

  • Optimize transit service by matching frequency with demand, use community shuttles on less-travelled routes; $2 million net savings
  • Re-align overlapping functions; $1.3 million cost reductions

Examples of budget increases

  • Inflationary costs of $11 million related to fuel, wages, etc., and new capital operating costs of $9 million over three years; West LRT is the only new service

Examples of budget reductions with service impacts

  • Reduce transit service hours and positions in 2013; $1 million net reduction
  • $2.88 million cut over three years to surface repaving program will negatively impact road quality
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