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Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning (TP) provides information, develops plans and policies, and recommends actions to best serve the city's current and future transportation needs. These plans and processes are guided by the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP), which focuses on more sustainable modes of transportation and promotes more compact, fiscally-responsible urban growth.

Achieving the goals of the CTP involves a wide range of projects, including:

  • establishing priorities for walking, cycling, transit, goods movement and roads
  • planning and functional design for all types of transportation infrastructure
  • developing plans and reviewing applications to create a more sustainable urban form
  • improving the operation of existing transportation facilities
  • collecting, analyzing and reporting on travel information for all modes
  • forecasting future traffic volumes throughout the City and region
  • developing parking strategies that help manage travel and congestion
  • working with organizations to promote more sustainable transportation choices

Transportation Planning Vision

A system that moves people and goods in a way that uses our resources efficiently, minimizes the impact on our natural environment, supports social needs and economic activity and is adaptable to change.

Transportation Planning Mission

Provide a safe, reliable, efficient, customer-focused transportation system that supports all modes of travel and promotes smart growth principles.

Transportation Planning Services

Long Term Transportation Planning Policy Development

  • Vision, goals and plans for all types of transportation in the future
  • Policies and guidelines that support the Calgary Transportation Plan
  • Funding strategies to pay for transportation infrastructure and services
  • Prioritization of major transportation projects
  • Parking policies to determine location, quantity and type of parking
  • Strategic progress reports
  • Guidelines and implementation process for new street types (Complete Streets).

Plans for Transportation Infrastructure 10, 20, 30 and 60 Years From Now

  • Planning and designing pedestrian, bicycle and transit priority projects
  • Planning and functional design of streets and interchanges (Network Planning Studies
  • Developing improvements to facilitate goods movement and emergency services
  • Planning and design of carpool lanes
  • Truck route planning and policy development
  • Policy development (slope stability, noise)
  • Coordinating plans with the Province and region (Deerfoot Trail, Ring Road).

Transportation Needs for New Development

  • Identification of infrastructure needed to support urban and suburban residential, commercial or industrial development
  • Determining who pays for infrastructure
  • Development of new transportation policies and plans that support the CTP
  • Review of development applications from a transportation perspective

Transportation Monitoring, Forecasting & Reporting

  • Undertaking transportation studies (volumes, speeds, shortcutting, mode choice, parking)
  • Studying trips generated for different types of development
  • Measuring and reporting on shifts in transportation over time
  • Analyzing collision data and maps to produce safety recommendations
  • Undertaking travel behaviour surveys and projecting future travel behaviour
  • Producing traffic volume forecasts for 10, 20, 30 and 60 years from now (Land Use and Travel
  • Producing multi-modal (walking, cycling, auto, transit, carpool) travel forecasts.

Improve Transportation Choices

  • Facilitating implementation of the Centre City Mobility Plan
  • Creating an implementation plan for the Cycling Strategy
  • Developing methods to optimize travel for all personal transportation choices
  • Developing operational improvements to facilitate goods movement and emergency services
  • Engaging communities to develop solutions to community traffic issues
  • Supporting work from home, car and bike share programs, and carpooling for Calgarians.

The Transportation Planning Business Unit

Transportation Planning is made up of seven divisions. Together, we are committed to providing a safe, reliable, efficient, customer-focused transportation system that supports all modes of travel and promotes smart growth principles.

Development Services is responsible for co-ordinating input into planning policy documents, area redevelopment plans and area structure plans. The division also co-ordinates traffic impact and parking studies and participates in the planning applications review process.

The Forecasting division plans, designs, builds, operates, and maintains transportation demand forecasting models and is responsible for analyzing changes in transportation demand in the City.

Network Planning is responsible for planning the city's long-term transportation network including plans for new, and upgrades to, major roadways and expressways.

Transportation Data designs and implements studies, develops databases, monitors trends, and analyzes data relating to vehicular, transit and pedestrian travel.

Transportation Design is primarily responsible for developing conceptual and detailed designs for constrained and retrofit-type roadway projects, as well as delivering design of small and medium roads, transit and optimisation projects.

Liveable Streets focuses on developing innovative solutions to urban transportation challenges.

Transportation Strategy oversees long term transportation planning, including prioritizing infrastructure investment and funding strategies, parking policies, departmental business planning and development and stewardship of the Calgary Transportation Plan.

Current Transportation Planning projects

Cycling Strategy

The Cycling Strategy, approved by City Council in July 2011, identifies strategies and actions for the short and medium term. The vision of the Cycling Strategy is for Calgary to become one of the premier cycling cities in Noth America.

Complete Streets

Increase the attractiveness, convenience, and safety of all modes of transportation by creating a new selection of multimodal streets and processes to implement them. The new streets emphasize walking, cycling, transit and auto modes of transportation, incorporate elements of green infrastructure, and function in the context of surrounding land uses. (2010 Interim Complete Streets Guide)

Network Planning Studies

Planning and functional design studies, in consultation with stakeholders, of streets and highways for pedestrians, cyclists, transit, auto, goods movement and emergency services. Studies typically consider transportation demand 10, 20 and 30 years from now.

Community Traffic Studies

Studies that engage communities to reduce the negative impacts of traffic in neighbourhoods through the implementation of traffic management plans.

Pedestrian Strategy

The City of Calgary aims to make walking a convenient, year-round travel option for more Calgarians by developing the Pedestrian Strategy. The strategy is aimed at improving walkability for all citizens throughout the city.

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