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Transportation Data

Transportation Data designs and implements studies, develops databases, monitors trends and analyses data relating to all modes of travel.

Changing travel trends during COVID-19

Over the month of March, Transportation Data has been collecting data on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Calgarians move around the city. The full report and appendix illustrates the impact of physical distancing measures and closure of non-essential businesses and services on a variety of transportation modes.

Calgary Traffic Count System

The Calgary Traffic Count System or CalTRACS is an online application that you can use to access The City's transportation data collected over the past 40 years. With this system, you can now search data that displays counts of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at intersections and on streets within Calgary. You can also view data on the number of pedestrians using crosswalks, the types of vehicles and the speeds of vehicles travelling on selected streets. Viewing this information is an opportunity for citizens to identify travel trends in their community.

Central Business District Cordon Count

The City of Calgary conducts the Central Business District (CBD) cordon count on an annual basis. The program counts all pedestrians, bicyclists, transit passengers, and vehicle drivers and passengers, entering and exiting the downtown area. The City uses the downtown cordon counts to examine changes in the transportation modal split and to monitor the goals set out in the Calgary Transportation Plan.

Civic Census Data Collection

Every three years a question asking Calgarians how they last travelled to work is asked on the Civic Census. The first time this question was asked was on the 2011 census, and most recently it was asked on the 2016 census. The answers are compiled and analyzed to identify trends in Calgarians' choices for travelling to work, and to determine if major infrastructure changes have resulted in a change in behaviour. Maps comparing the data for each individual travel mode, and a map with all three sustainable travel modes, from 2011, 2014 and 2016 can be found below.

Transportation Data Collection Program

The Traffic Volume Flow Map illustrates the Average Annual Weekday Traffic (AAWT) using manual, automatic and permanent count station data.

Manual Data Collection Program

The objective of this program is to collect traffic volume and other transportation data using field staff. Some of the products of this program include:

  • Intersection turning movement counts
  • Pedestrian counts
  • Bicycle counts
  • Trip generation rates

Automatic Traffic Data Collection Program

The objective of this program is to collect and analyze data by electronic equipment over a period of 24 hours or more. Studies include:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Vehicle classification
  • Gap between vehicles
  • Volume

Daily Data Counts

Daily bicycle counts are available from sensors set up on the Peace Bridge, cycle tracks and Stephen Avenue. Using an Eco-Counter machine, cyclists are detected using loops embedded in the pavement. The data provides a breakdown of the number of cyclists on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Permanent Traffic Monitoring Station Program

The objective of this program is to collect and analyze data from the permanent traffic monitoring stations to better understand daily, monthly and seasonal changes in traffic volume.

MDP/CTP Monitoring and Reporting Program

The City will monitor and report on strategic trends and the progress made towards the goals and objectives of the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) and Municipal Development Plan (MDP).

Transportation Data products and services

Transportation Data provides a range of publicly available products and services. For more information on the products and services available, visit Transportation Data products and services.

Contact Transportation Data

For general inquiries or to purchase the current traffic volume flow map or request a traffic count report, please complete and submit the following online form.

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