As Calgary continues to grow, its transportation system needs to grow along with it. Work on two major transportation projects continues through the consultation process.
The Green Line: More than just a train
With key decisions on the Green Line expected in Fall 2016, crucial public engagement sessions are being planned. I am doing a lot of homework as well. In August, I joined City staff and two Council colleagues on a brief tour of Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, to meet their rail experts and learn from their experiences. From each city, we learned about key elements of successful projects and how to avoid pitfalls.
I boiled down all the information from our trip into eight essential lessons and presented them at the Central Library Dutton Theatre in November and again in December. Here are the top three lessons:
1. Consult, consult, and consult: All three cities stressed the need for, and benefits of, meaningful consultation with the neighbouring businesses and communities. Their ideas will be critical in order to maximize benefits and avoid costly mistakes. The Green Line will be the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history by three times! While we are excited to get started on the Green Line, it is important that we make thoughtful decisions.
2. Leverage opportunities: The Green Line is more than just a rail project. It will forever change how Calgarians move about their city and the very nature of the communities along side. From affordable housing, to high environmental standards, how can the advantages of this massive project extend beyond simple transportation?
3. Take care of business: Construction of the Green Line will take many years and cause major disruption. Taking an example in Portland, Council enthusiastically supported my request for a Business Support Program.
You can watch the video of my presentation online.
Crowchild Consultation Continues
Moving to the west end of Ward 7, public consultation on Crowchild Trail continues. The project team recently completed Phase Two of a six-phased process: Confirm Project Goals. The established goals are: i) Maintain and enhance bordering communities, ii) Improve travel along the corridor, and iii) Improve mobility across the corridor. The project is now into Phase Three: Concept Identification. Consultation on Phase Three will continue into Spring 2016.
For more information on future public engagement on both the Green Line and Crowchild Trail, please contact our office via: www.calgary.ca/ward7
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