Transportation Planning Studies
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. Of key 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
- 11 Street S.W. Underpass Functional Planning Study
- 144 Avenue N.W. Functional Planning Study
- 16 Avenue N.E. Functional Planning Study – Deerfoot Trail to Barlow Trail
- 17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study - Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail
- 17 Avenue S.E. Corridor Study - Stoney Trail to East City Limit
- 25 Avenue S.E. LRT Grade Separation Study
- 50 Avenue S.W. Corridor Study
- Northeast Stoney Crossing Study: 80 Avenue N.E. & 64 Avenue N.E.
- 96 Avenue N.E. (Airport Trail) Functional Planning Study - Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail
- Community traffic studies
- Deerfoot Trail Study
- Glenmore Trail/Deerfoot Trail Interchange Study
- Glenmore Trail East Study – Stoney Trail to Rainbow Road
- Macleod Trail Corridor Study
- McKnight Boulevard Transportation Study
- NW-HUB Transit Enhancement Study
- Sarcee Trail / Richmond Road S.W. interchange functional planning study
- South Shaganappi Study
- Shaganappi Trail North Corridor and HOV Study
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 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.
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.
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.