September 2016 Community Newsletter
It was great to visit with many of you this summer at Stampede and community events across Ward 6. As our vacation time winds down and school goes back into session, routine daily and weekly activities ramp up! I am reminded how traffic management is a big part of getting around the city in a timely manner. The City of Calgary operates a computerized traffic signal management system that allows City traffic engineers to monitor and control the operation of The City's traffic signal network. There are 980 traffic signals in Calgary, 549 of which are connected to the Management Information System for Transportation (MIST). The City's Roads Operation Centre is the facility that monitors, responds and presents real-time information to motorists using:
• Cameras to monitor traffic flow, road conditions and traffic obstructions.
• Systems to monitor and control the operation of traffic signals.
• A website map that shows road closures, road works and other activities impeding traffic flow.
• A FM radio station delivering current traffic information.
• Dynamic signs to inform motorists of traffic problems.
• Bluetooth tracking travel time information.
• Lane reversals.
• High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.
• Roving tow truck services.
This combination of technologies gathers real-time traffic information and uses that information to revise traffic signal operation where appropriate and keep motorists advised of abnormal traffic conditions, congestion, lane closures and construction delays. You can complete an online service request to inquire about the timing of traffic signals or call 311.
MIST monitors the traffic signals for proper operation and collects data on traffic flow, such as volumes and speeds from vehicle sensors at the intersections. The signal system interacts with the LRT system, some of the bus routes and some of the fire routes by providing priority for these vehicles. The MIST system can override the normal operation of traffic signals if and when necessary. Special events like hockey games or concerts at the Saddledome with large attendance or even major road construction may require a short term adjustment to the signal timing.
The City continues to take advantage of the construction season, with many projects continuing and moving toward completion. Our www.calgary.ca/ward6
website is full of up-to-the date information that pertains specifically to our Ward including; developments and projects, Council committees and motions, my positions on issues in the media, community specific projects, transportation and road changes, as well as public information events. This ranges from drainage and Water Services projects, new construction in your community, updates regarding issues like secondary suites before Council, to new transportation infrastructure, as well Ring Road updates including open house opportunities and scheduled Councillor Chats.
I will be hosting a Traffic Safety Town Hall event as well as a Councillor Chat this fall in the Ward. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter, @pootmans, and get detailed articles about our biggest projects and issues in Ward 6 to your email every other month. Due to the new anti-spam legislation, to receive information relevant to Ward 6, I need your consent to receive emails from my office. If you are interested in receiving our bi-monthly Ward 6 Report or any other pertinent information that affects the Ward or your specific community, please visit www.calgary.ca/ward6connect
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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.