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Transportation and Transit Committee Dec. 11. 2015

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The Dec. 11, 2015, Transportation and Transit Committee meeting included:

Centre City Cycle Track Network Pilot Project Update

Administration provided an update on the status of the Centre City cycle track network pilot project. The cycle track network has introduced 6.5 km of physically separated lanes or shared space for cyclists on three corridors (12 Avenue S, 8/9 Avenue S.W. and 5 Street S.W.). Since opening on October 31, 2015, over 370,000 cycling trips have been recorded at three automated counters in the middle of each of the corridors. The pilot project also enables cyclists to share Stephen Avenue with pedestrians during the day and with cars and pedestrians during the evening. The Committee recommended that Council receive this update for information only.

Cycling Strategy Annual Report

Administration provided an update on the Cycling Strategy. During the last year, progress has been made on all three pillars of the Cycling Strategy (plan-design-build, operate and maintain, educate and promote). The Transportation Department delivered more than a dozen spot improvements city wide, opened the Centre City Cycle Track Network Pilot on time and under budget, improved winter maintenance techniques, made more data open to the public and delivered more education messages to help all roadway users to know how to use or drive around new facilities. The Committee recommended that Council receive this update for information only.

Green Line Funding, Staging And Delivery

This report outlined Administration’s current analysis on staging, funding and delivery options for the Green Line, Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line. The analysis was conducted in response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of the Public Transit Fund, and the subsequent announcement of $1.53 billion in funding for Calgary’s Green Line LRT. Administration made a ariety of recommendations to the Committee which were amended, and then approved.

Green Line North Update

Administration provided an update on the functional planning study of the northern leg of the Green Line, including a draft schedule for key public engagement events, and the multiple account evaluation (MAE) criteria that will be used to inform the alignment recommendation for the Centre City. The MAE recommendation will be evidence-based, transparent, and documents a thorough analysis of each of the five options. The data collection and analysis are underway to inform the MAE. A new round of public engagement has commenced to discuss refinement of the details along the north leg of the Green Line. Administration made a variety of recommendations to the Committee which were amended, and then approved.

Transit Radio System Replacement

Administration provided a report on the need to replace its radio communication service provider. Radio communications are used by nearly 2,500 Calgary Transit personnel in roles which include; operators, supervisors, maintenance, security and training. Calgary Transit is currently using TELUS Mobility’s Mike service for general two-way radio communications. TELUS Mobility has informed the City that it will be turning off its Mike network in December 2016. The Committee recommended Council approve Administration's recommendations.

Full details of the amendments can be found via the Transporation and Transit Commitee minutes.

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