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Remote Park & Ride Lot and Policy Review

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I am happy to report to you that a Notice of Motion I have been working on since the last election was passed unanimously at Council on June 13, 2016. I coordinated this work through our City Transportation and Transit experts, Rocky View County and the Calgary Regional Partnership. Along with three other Councillors with Wards along City boundaries, we requested a feasibility study be conducted for remote or satellite Park and Ride lots outside of City limits to decrease use of our existing Park and Ride lots by commuters outside of Calgary.

Presently, 10 percent of Park and Ride users do not live within City limits. Facilities at terminal stations, like 69 Street SW, experience significant pressure and waitlists for reserved parking. As congestion relief is always a priority, providing options for commuters may help reduce traffic in and around the Centre City. This study will examine the demand for remote Park and Ride lots outside of the city limits with bus service to Calgary, identify the associated marketability, ridership potential, financial implications, operational requirements, as well as compliments to long-term strategies with other Calgary Regional Partnership plans and Province of Alberta transportation projects.

Among the interesting possibilities is the potential to link the remote Park and Ride stations with the soon to be piloted regional bus service ‘On-It.’   As a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership Transportation Committee, we are looking at how integrating Calgary Transit and Park and Ride lots with the ‘On-It’ regional service will increase the use of the Park and Ride lots.  I am also hoping that when the informal car pooling area on Highway 1 just west of the City at the Petro-Canada station is lost to an interchange upgrade, that this remote Park and Ride lot may become a convenient place to carpool for those heading west to the mountains on weekends. The feasibility study will come back to the Transportation and Transit Committee in Q1 of 2018.

In May, Administration brought forward seven Calgary Transit Park and Ride Policy Review recommendations to the Transportation and Transit Committee. At this meeting, the committee recommended that Council direct Administration to develop a general Park and Ride strategy for current and future CTrain stations with the goal of optimizing parking and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities. This includes detailed parking plans together with timelines, phasing and cost estimates that reflect TOD planning for individual current and future CTrain stations. Also among recommendations was to identify how Calgary Transit could charge a higher fee for reserve parking to customers who live outside Calgary. Administration will report back on these recommendations no later than June 2017, while a plan for Anderson Station TOD specifically will come back to Committee September 2016. A proposed transition towards a system of 100 percent monthly reserved parking with differential pricing based on demand which would allow Calgary Transit to offer a system of daily reserved parking that utilizes vacant monthly reserved spaces is also being explored. The report on a change to reserved parking will not take place until Q1 2018. 

 

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Site tour with (left to right) Director of Roads, Troy McLeod and General Manager of Transportation, Mac Logan at new Dr. Roberta Bondar School in the community of Strathcona Park to determine best parking and drop off solutions.
 

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