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Tranportation and Transit Jul. 19, 2018

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The July 19, 2018, Transportation and Transit Committee meeting included:

National Trade Corridors Fund – Airport Trail Phase 2

On July 6, 2018, the Federal Government announced a commitment of $50 million towards funding Airport Trail – Phase 2 from the National Trade Corridors Fund. The project’s scope includes an extension of Airport Trail from 36th St to 60th St., construction of two new grade separated interchanges at 19th St. and Barlow Tr., and construction of a southbound to westbound ramp at Stoney Trail and Airport Trail. Additional funding was committed by The Government of Alberta ($27.7 million). The Calgary Airport Authority will contribute $20 million through a previous agreement with The City. Airport Trail is planned as a vital east-west corridor in Calgary. The work under this project will complete the corridor from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail, will support the unimpeded flow of goods and vehicles to and from the Airport, will support the growing logistics business around the Airport, and open up new areas for development in The City’s growing northeast. The Transportation and Transit Committee approved the following recommendations to go to Council: That Council:

  1. Approve the budget appropriation of $153.35 million to Program 859 – Airport Trail N.E. Phase 2,
  2. Direct Administration to secure the remaining land needed for the interchanges on Airport Trail at 19th Street and Barlow Trail, and
  3. Keep Attachment 1 in the report and the closed session discussions confidential pursuant to Sections 23, 24, and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

South Shaganappi Study Report

Committee received a report on the South Shaganappi Study, which includes the 16 Avenue N and Shaganappi Trail interchange, the Shaganappi Trail and Memorial Drive intersection and Memorial Drive and Bowness Road interchange. The study was warranted by the re-classification of Shaganappi Trail south of Crowchild Trail N from a Skeletal Road to an Arterial Street in the 2009 Calgary Transportation Plan. The primary focus of Corridor Studies is to generate concepts that can be potentially implemented in 20 to 30 years and beyond. Developing concepts for infrastructure ahead of time helps to ensure land is protected for future infrastructure if needed or releasing land if not required. Having an approved concept also helps to achieve a land use vision for the area that complements the transportation vision. The Transportation and Transit Committee approved Administration’s recommendations, with additional amendments made in Committee, to go forward to Council.

Glenmore Trail East Functional Planning Study

Committee was presented with the Glenmore Trail East Functional Planning Study. The purpose of this study is to modify and replace the previous approved 2007 Alberta Transportation Highway 560 Functional Planning Study from Stoney Trail to Rainbow Road (Range Road 283). Modifying the long-term transportation plan will allow Administration to protect the required long-term right-of-way to provide full-access connectivity to accommodate the future land use plans in this area. The future land uses were identified from the previously approved area structure plans (ASP) prepared by The City - Shepard Industrial ASP (2009, amended 2013), and Rocky View County - Janet ASP (2014). This item was approved to go forward to Council, and the Committee will recommend that Council:

  1. approve the Glenmore Trail East Functional Planning Study Report including the recommended interchange plans located within Calgary city limits, and
  2. direct Administration to protect the required right of way for the long-term plan.

Bus Rapid Transit Network Marketing Strategy

Administration presented options for the development of the BRT network marketing strategy. The marketing and communications tactics recommended outlined supporting existing customers through significant route changes, while also increasing awareness of the BRT service, promoting the brand and important value dimensions, using industry best practices and expanding audience reach. The City is building four Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes that will fill important gaps in the rapid transit network, and provide efficient, reliable, and convenient transit service for Calgarians. These routes will provide enhanced public transportation to 53 Calgary communities with a combined population of 320,000 people. It will be important to effectively communicate the scope of the network changes to Calgarians, as well as promote the enhanced service to increase awareness and attract new customers. Committee approved this item to go to Council and recommends that Council approve funding option 2 and allocate $366,000 to Calgary Transit Program 110 from the Fiscal Stability Reserve for the Bus Rapid Transit Network Marketing Strategy.


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