Very interesting. I can't say I would be against it either after using streetcars in other cities. I wonder if it will just end up being a bus though?Here's an interesting little something. Apparently, a street car is being looked at as a way of connecting the Blue Line LRT to to Mount Royal, Currie and the area's business parks. I'd prefer something a little more robust (another C-Train Line) myself, but having seen the street cars in action in Amerstdam, I can't say I'm terribly against it. The plan would have it run up 37th street, but I'm not sure at which point it would divert Eastwards towards MRU et al. I've never really had a reason to commute to the area around peak traffic time, so I don't know what potential impact it could have on 37th street. It's wide enough that maybe they can get away with only removing a single lane of traffic.
The article also contains a hint that provincial committment to the Greenline could be forecoming.
This could start some good precident. Access to West-Campus, 17th Ave (not on, but on a side avenue), the communities south of the resevoir could potentially be well served by street cars.
EDIT: This article in Metro contains a routemap.
That's interesting. It makes you realise how important transit can be when tying it into the public realm.Not wanting to further derail the Radius Bridgeland thread, I wanted to follow up on Oddball's comment about the importance of retail in public squares and other spaces.
It's really crazy to look at a map of Calgary's streetcar network from the mid-20th century. You realize that every single vibrant retail street we have in this city is a product of a streetcar line: 33 Ave in Marda Loop, 4 St in Mission, 17 Ave in the Beltline, 1 St in Bridgeland, 9 Ave in Inglewood, 10 St in Kensington, 8 Ave in Downtown, etc. In fact, I wonder if there are any vibrant streets in this city that did not previously have a streetcar running along it.
The city is looking at changing the at grade crossing at 25th ave. That would be great.
I've been thinking about that stretch for a while. I'd be fine with either a tunnel or an evelvated line. Whatever they do though, it should go all the way to the tunnel under 9th ave. Espcially if the plans to extend 17th ave into the Stampede grounds are for real.Excellent. They need to do what they should have done 40 years ago, and that's bury the section between 12th ave and Reader Rock Garden.