Proposed access from Crowchild Trail into Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak
An Open House was held on Oct. 15, 2014 to outline a proposed pan to provide access from Crowchild Trail into the communities of Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak. Councillor Joe Magliocca and Councillor Sutherland were in attendance as were about 200 interested residents.
A decision has not been made yet on whether the access will proceed.
Tuscany Station is now open!
The northwest CTrain line has been extended past Crowfoot Station to a new station, called Tuscany Station, providing transit service to people living and working in Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and Tuscany. The station, and the associated Park and Ride lots, are now open for service as of Mon., Aug. 25. The new and revised bus routes serving the station are now in operation. Please see www.calgarytransit.com for information on new train and bus service.
Final construction and landscaping is being completed and should be done by this fall.
Opening celebration event
On Sat., Aug. 23, an opening celebration was held at Tuscany Station. Mayor Naheed Nenshi drove the first train into the station accompanied by federal and provincial governmnet representatives and other invited guests.
Reserved parking at Tuscany Station
The Tuscany CTrain Station has two Park and Ride lots, one on the Rocky Ridge side and one on the Tuscany side. Please visit the reserved parking page or call Calgary Transit at 403-262-1000 for more information on Reserved Parking.
Eamon’s building and sign update
The sign from the Eamon’s gas station has undergone a refurbishment and has been returned to a spot in the Rocky Ridge Park and Ride. The building has been moved off-site so construction could proceed on the Park and Ride lot.
A Leasing Opportunity for the Eamon’s Building has been posted on The City of Calgary web site, which will remain open until a suitable lessee is found. For more information on the Eamon’s building and the sign, please see this update.
The project includes:
- A new station, called Tuscany CTrain Station situated in the median of Crowchild Trail.
- Two Park and Ride lots, one in Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak and one in Tuscany accommodating about 550 passenger vehicles in total.
- Bus terminals in each Park and Ride lot (confirmed bus route changes).
- Two pedestrian bridges linking the Park and Ride facilities with the CTrain station, and connecting the regional pathway across Crowchild Trail.
- Two CTrain bridges at the Stoney Trail interchange.
- Two electrical substation buildings at Arbour Lake and Rocky Ridge.
- An Automated Public Toilet pilot located in the Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak Park and Ride lot.
Project budget $123.3 million
Government of Canada
- $2.5 million – federal Gas Tax Fund
Province of Alberta $118.9M
- $34.5M - Basic Municipal Transportation Grant
- $84.4M - Municipal Sustainability Initiative Grant).
The City of Calgary $1.9M
- $1.5M Transportation Levy
- $.4M Corporate Capital Reserve)
- Construction on CTrain bridges over Stoney trail began construction in 2009; the two bridges were completed in 2010 (west bridge) and 2011 (east bridge).
- Tuscany CTrain Station - started early July 2012; substantially complete fall 2013
- Traction Power, Signals and Communication Systems (TPSC) – complete fall 2014
- Pedestrian bridges - started early July 2012; completed summer 2013
- Park and Ride lots – started summer 2013; complete fall 2014
- Arbour Lake Sub Station and Rocky Ridge Utility Complex – started August 2012; buildings complete winter 2013; ongoing interior work until summer 2014
Detailed design and public consultation 2009-2011
This project will include several public art components. The City of Calgary Public Art Program and the Transportation Department have commissioned Canadian artist Bill Pechet to create a bold, site specific public artwork as part of the Northwest LRT Extension to Tuscany. Please visit the Recreation page for more information and pictures about this permanent public artwork.
Please see this video about how the public art process works.
The Automated Public Toilet, located in the Rocky Ridge Park and Ride lot, has been painted by local artist, Roman L’Abbee, with his three-sided mural titled ‘Flotsam’. The work reflects on wind energy, which is the source of the CTrain’s power. The composition represents three factors that make wind energy possible; sun, water and wind.
Communications and public engagement
The City of Calgary believes that decisions are improved when they involve impacted stakeholders. A Community Consultation Committee (CCC) provided input into the design process as did residents during five open houses. Please see “Related documents” for information related to the CCC and citizen feedback received at the Open Houses.
In December 2011, City Council approved Tuscany Station as the official name of the future CTrain station. The station name was included in the public consultation process and was supported by the majority of people that provided feedback, including the Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak and Tuscany Community Associations, and the CCC.
Sustainability was identified as a key element for success, and sustainable design has been considered and investigated throughout the project, incorporating The City's Sustainability Principles. Some examples include using rain garden beds to help collect and clean stormwater and reduce irrigation, and eliminating escalators from the station to reduce long-term energy costs. See the impact these sustainability initiatives are expected to make.
In most communities next to CTrain stations, parking management plans are successfully operating. The City will work with the community association and the Community Consolation Committee prior to the station opening to assess the potential for overflow parking. Please see this page for more information on residential parking zones.
For more information, fill out the online form.