Calgary Transit has recommended that a detailed planning study be conducted to determine a more central alignment for NC LRT. It is proposed that the study be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 of the study would result in recommendations relating to:
- A route for NC LRT;Possible BRT and LRT network connections, including a possible tie to the future SE LRT;
- LRT vehicle technology and right of way concepts (elevated, in-street, segregated right of way, etc);
- Station locations and amenities (e.g. opportunities for TOD, bus terminals and park and ride lots)
- Ridership and traffic projections, and
- Projected high level costs and land implications.
This study would commence in late 2012 and be completed no later than the end of 2014. This length of time is required to address a number of anticipated issues and provide for extensive public engagement. Phase 1 would also help with the planning around the SE LRT, specifically whether a connection is possible and feasible.
Approval of Phase 1 recommendations will be carried forward to a more detailed Phase 2 functional planning and staging plan that would determine:
- Land use planning associated with TOD opportunities.
- A horizontal and vertical profile of the alignment.
- A staging plan including short and medium term infrastructure to facilitate bus service or BRT improvements that can be converted for LRT.
- Plans for bus, pedestrian and cycling facilities at stations.
- Plans for park and ride facilities.
- Roadway modifications.
- Property requirements.
- Utility implications.
- Environmental impacts.
- High level capital and operating costs.
Upon completion of Phase 1 the timeline required to complete Phase 2 will be easier to predict. This more detailed planning stage of the study will also require extensive public input to determine how this facility can be integrated into existing communities and proposed development.
Public and internal engagement conducted in 2011 has identified a number of key values, expectations and issues related to this future LRT line. A community consultation team (CCC) has been formed to follow up on the input received and to help guide the next phase of this potential study. Comprehensive public engagement will be a significant part of the planning for NC LRT.
Visit Calgary Transit for more information and updates. The North Central LRT is not anticipated within the 20 year horizon. Knowing our ultimate plan will help guide interim decisions, including transit priority measures.
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