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  1. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    Just random factoids to make a rumour seem plausible. Shall see!
  2. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    That money would be available has been known. Exactly what the program looked like has not been. But designing a program that Calgary could not access would be untenable. Until things are announced people act like time stops after existing programs end and then act like it is a hard budget...
  3. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    You also have a train on train crossing, which will be technically difficult with the trains we bought. 600V DC and 750V DC. Edmonton used to have a system for a trolley bus to cross the LRT, but the much larger vehicles make the problem more difficult. Would require a redesign of the new LRVs...
  4. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    Elevated LRT, up 3rd Street SE.
  5. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    It's just wild speculation. The price is up, so what gets cut to stay within a certain budget. No imagination that one could do something differently instead, if that comes to pass. I have a feeling whatever is done, whether a bit of cost overrun, or a bit of last minute changes in the...
  6. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    They suggest elevated between city hall and the library, which has the transit geometry problem (overwhelms the free fare zone) but isn't the worst otherwise. I'd counter that if elevated, may as well just go right to the centre of the city.
  7. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    The citizen's committee group. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/higher-cost-estimates-could-spur-change-for-calgary-s-green-line-lrt-project-1.6804210
  8. darwink

    Calgary Transit

    Yeah, when we bought in Lake Bonavista, it was very much due to transit and amenity proximity. Our realtor thought we were nuts, when we showed them a map of where we were willing to look--10 minutes to stations, and 20 additional minutes to downtown. Created all sorts of pockets over the city.
  9. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    Elevated saves most of the money while not introducing new problems. Anyways, we will see if there is even any need really soon!
  10. darwink

    Calgary I Mainframe I 23m I 6s I MODA

    A facade somewhat like that in Vancouver:
  11. darwink

    Calgary Event Centre | 36.85m | 11s | CSEC | HOK

    🤫
  12. darwink

    Calgary Event Centre | 36.85m | 11s | CSEC | HOK

    The land size, the insistence on a high seat count, and attempts to keep scope while running up against constraints led to the compromise. I think last time was a best effort, just needed someone in the room asking why results were so mid given the effort, and fixing that.
  13. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    To save the crossing of the Macleod couplet.
  14. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    4th St SE is more than a kilometre from the office core. More than half a km to other LRT. Even the minimal ridership this would generate would overburden the free fare zone, making service much worse for all three lines. There is a reason this was rejected time and time again. It is only...
  15. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    The team of councillors that went to seattle liked the urban section there. Now seattle is studying removing the urban section to increase speeds and reduce conflicts. Aesthetics over performance, north amercian transit was ever thus.
  16. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    IIRC the West LRT was close to $1.5 billion when all the ink dried, without accounting for LRVs, incremental maintenance capacity, and the like. A cool $195 million per km. Run that through the construction cost index from 2009 to today, and you have $258 million per km. It doesn't really...
  17. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    That is up to us really. Money will flow. Do we build political will by successfully getting into implementation or do we destroy what is left by pulling a plug. If we hear the project is massively over budget at the end of the month there are relatively easy solutions. How much needs to be...
  18. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    There is no reason to wait on the SE, because by the time the NC is ready there will BE MORE MONEY. Then, we can spend both monies and get both.
  19. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    The cost, including risk) of working around above ground knowns is far more predictable than working around under ground uncertainties. Those difficulties you state were worked around in a functional study in 2003. The difficulties in north central remain to be found, and cannot be reliably...
  20. darwink

    Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    The North segment doesn't have reliable costing yet, but you can look on DMap and see the potential difficulties south of Beddington Trail. It is pretty rare for Centre Street to have fewer than 2 water pipes. Somewhat typical to have three. Some stretches, 4. When had access to the gas pipeline...

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