The purpose of a transportation planning study (TPS) is to develop a recommended plan for a future roadway project based on analysis of technical issues.

The importance is determining how much room is needed for the roadway so The City can set aside that land.

Transportation planning studies can be completed for either new roadways or to determine upgrades to existing roads.

Current planning studies

Types of studies

Long before a new road is built or an existing one upgraded, The City conducts a study to understand the potential impacts, benefits and right-of-way land requirements. Gathering public and stakeholder input is a vital part of the study process.

Corridor study

Corridor studies are typically completed 10 to 30 years in advance of construction to identify issues such as how much room is needed and where the road will go for new roadways or to determine upgrades to an existing roadway. The scope of a corridor study is higher level than a transportation planning study and is intended to highlight issues to be reviewed in greater detail at the functional planning stage. The study may provide a general overview of geotechnical, environmental, structural and stormwater issues.

Network study/long-range planning

Network studies are completed to determine general placement and classification for roadways within a planning area. Findings from these studies often serve as input into policy planning initiatives such as area structure plans and regional context studies. A network study may recommend corridors requiring additional planning.

Transit study

The City also plans for future light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) alignments. For more information on transit studies, please visit Calgary Transit.

Provincial studies

City of Calgary staff often works with the Province on provincial roadway studies. This includes projects such as the Calgary Ring Road and provincial highways. For more information on provincial projects please visit the Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation webpage.

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