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Ward 11 News: SW Transitway BRT Additional FAQs

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Ward 11 official websiteMy team and I are being asked where the City is in the process of creating a SW Transitway. While we have worked to clarified some of the misinformation in the community before, we hope the questions and answers below will help address further questions and outline the upcoming project path.
 

Will the SW Transitway be cancelled?

The SW Transitway will be proceeding. Council voted unanimously for the idea in 2011, and now the transportation project team at The City is working on the detailed design phase while addressing questions they have heard. As this project has been approved by City Council all final decisions will be made by the Project Team and their colleagues.

Does the City care what I think?

While the project is going ahead, the details are still being worked out. For example, the initial options for the last station on the line (in Woodbine) were not well received by the community. There were legitimate concerns about access, impact on local traffic, and layout within the neighbourhood. The Project Team listened and worked with their planning partners to provide other options. Some concerns were also raised about the BRT being in regular traffic across the Glenmore Causeway. The Project Team asked Stantec to analyse the possibility of shoulder lanes there, and it was found that this would be possible heading east, and partially possible headed west. Another area specifically being looked at based on resident feedback is the station location at Rockyview Hospital. The project team is working hard to connect with communities to work together on the detailed design phase and implementation of the SW Transitway.

Why was there a second report?

The initial functional study (2010) for the project was intended to assess transportation needs in the SW and see if the SW Transitway idea was even possible. In 2011, Council was told that it was indeed possible (there was enough space within the existing roads), and given a budget estimate. In September 2015, funding for the project became available through the Government of Alberta’s Green TRIPS program. Now that funding is secured, the Project Team is working on the actual execution of the project. The second functional study report by Stantec, which was released on January 27th 2016, reviewed the work done in 2010 and added greater detail to the plans.
 

When can I see the options for other stations and proposed intersections?

The City will be holding public sessions to discuss the new, more detailed, engineering report and receive final feedback from citizens on:
 
• Tuesday, February 23rd from 7 to 9 pm at the Woodcreek Community Hall, 1991 Woodview Drive SW
• Tuesday, March 8th from 5 to 8 pm at the Southland Leisure Centre, 2000 Southland Drive SW
• Tuesday, March 15th from 5 to 8 pm at the Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South
• Wednesday, March 16th from 7 to 9 pm at the Lakeview Community Association Rink, 6110 34 Street SW
• Wednesday, March 23rd from 5 to 8 pm Clearwater Academy, 2521 Dieppe Ave SW
 
The team is working on a couple additional dates.

Will the 14th street dog park be removed?

No. There is no park space being removed.

Why not wait for the Ring Road?

While the Ring Road is expected to alleviate some of the traffic issues on 14th street, Glenmore, and Crowchild, it does not address the needs of all. The Ring Road is a provincial highway that is intended to bypass communities and as such does not work for transit. The SW Transitway is very specifically about improving transit for SW communities and increasing transportation options to move people through the city. The two projects, while complementary to one another, address different needs and serve different users.

I keep seeing TOD. What is a TOD?

TOD stands for Transit Oriented Development. It is an urban planning term that means the placement of buildings, walkways, and houses within a community take into consideration the ability of residents and visitors to access transit. This typically means greater density development in the area immediately beside these stations. The goal with TOD is to remove the need to use a private vehicle to connect to transit.

Will the City be doing TOD at the SW Transitway bus stations?

No. The City’s TOD policy refers only to the development of City owned land surrounding LRT stations, or at BRT stations where an LRT is planned to be in the future. The SW Transitway is NOT planned as a precursor to an LRT line. The City will not be applying its TOD policy to these stations, nor does the City own large tracts of land in the area.

So, there won’t be any densification?

Densification is likely to happen over time at some points, and guaranteed to happen at others.  Private landowners can apply TOD principles if they choose to. Some of these landowners are trying to work with the City to make sure their plans will work with the installation of the BRT, not against it. That being said, only one developer has submitted plans to the City for review as of Feb. 1st (for Currie Barracks). To keep an eye on developments in the area, please visit the City of Calgary Development Map.

Brian brought a Notice of Motion to Council last year, regarding Glenmore Landing. What was that all about?

Glenmore Landing sits on privately owned land. While the landowner has not submitted any redevelopment applications to the City as of February 1, 2016, they have made it clear that they intend to do so in the future. Brian’s Notice of Motion directed the City to work with the landowner as much as possible to avoid excessive construction disruption to the community and enable smart planning decisions to be made by both parties.

If you would like more information, please see www.calgary.ca/swtransitway, and remember to sign up to receive updates from your Ward 11 office at www.calgary.ca/ward11.

 

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.
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