In my last W6 Report, we talked about RouteAhead – an ongoing initiative that will culminate in a 30 year strategic plan for Calgary Transit. The purpose of RouteAhead is to establish a clear vision for transit in Calgary for the next 30 years and identify what needs to happen to accomplish that vision.
In May of this year, the RouteAhead team began actively engaging Calgarians at community events and on a special engagement bus, while also involving various stakeholder groups and organizations. Over 4,000 people met with the team face-to-face to offer their input. Among the recommendations is to add transit routes which enable access to key areas such as hospitals and post secondary institutions from suburbs without having to travel through downtown. I believe that this level of network service over time will enhance the transit experience for Ward 6 residents.
On September 17, the RouteAhead team presented a draft plan to a Special Strategic Planning Meeting of Council where we requested a several revisions to the "Core Principles for Public Transit in Calgary" and project prioritization data.
The Core Principles for Public Transit included in the plan are the result of public consultation and reflect both the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP). These principles can be broken into three categories: customer experience, network planning and financing Transit. The Project Prioritization criteria are also in line with the MDP and CTP.
The RouteAhead team is now in the process of drafting a 30 year strategic plan and getting it ready for the next stage of public engagement. Throughout the fall of 2012, Calgarians will be given the opportunity to see what is being proposed and contribute before the strategic plan is finalized and presented to Council through the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit on December 12.
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