May 17, 2017

Calgary City Hall “clown show”: Green Line cost doubles, Nenshi wants feds to pay $4B shortfall

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

To the great surprise of many Calgary residents, City Council has given the go ahead on Phase 1 of the Green Line light rail transit project that is supposed to be 46 km long and extend from the north end to the southeast end of the city.

There’s no denying this project is desperately needed, but Council has now almost doubled the original price tag leaving taxpayers across Canada on the line to come up with billions of dollars to complete the project.

Why is that?

Watch as I explain how Calgary Council approved spending $4.65B for half the line (when the full original plan was supposed to cost $4.5B total) and why municipal politicians are now asking the federal government for the money to cover the increased cost.

The province hasn’t committed any funding yet and the City will be taking both yearly municipal and provincial tax breaks for the next 30 years totalling $76M annually to pay for the Green Line.

So while Calgary City Council spends money on fancy renovations at City Hall, the citizens of Calgary still await a much needed efficient transit system.

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commented 2017-05-18 17:01:59 -0400
Actually Lee Horsman, the Nose Creek Valley is obviously NOT the way to go. I fought hard to get it out of the valley. Spending over a Billion dollars to serve gophers instead of Calgarians is moronic.
commented 2017-05-18 12:01:39 -0400
Art Vandelay, well said!
commented 2017-05-18 04:15:39 -0400
I’ll use the Toronto example: Spend like a drunken sailor on the 3 P’s, Pay, Pensions, Perks. Massively increase taxes and fees, run up huge municipal debts. Ignore growth and crumbling infrastructure, then when the problem comes to a head, “we need to massively up taxes and fees, create new taxes and fees, to grapple with this terrible congestion, lack of housing and exploding sewers!”.
commented 2017-05-18 00:45:14 -0400
Nenshi spends other people’s tax dollars like a drunken sailor. Choose wisely during the next election, Calgary. YOU as taxpayers will have to pay for this very expensive, fiscally irresponsible nonsense.
commented 2017-05-17 23:30:12 -0400
Mayor Iveson in Edmonton is on the same page as Nenshi. Tax and spend billions on city transit. Iveson wants to turn the Yellowhead Trail (Trans Canada Highway) within Edmonton boundary into a freeway. It runs east west and has several traffic lights and the length is approximately 25km long. Cost for removing traffic lights, installing on/off ramps, overpasses, etc is ONE BILLION DOLLARS. By the time it gets approved the cost will definitely increase.

Then there is the LRT expansions that Iveson is always drooling about. The south east project and the centre/west extension will cost approximately TWO BILLION DOLLARS. The latest project to NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) college has been a fiasco. The city employee responsible for overseeing the project has been fired due the company building the computer system could not get it functioning properly creating a huge delay in completion, plus it is causing gridlock. Iveson was visibly pissed about the whole thing, probably because he was telling everyone that the LRT will reduce vehicle traffic and travel time for commuters. Wrong on both counts Don. It has been a total fiasco and not over yet as they are still screwing around with the LRT speed which currently is very slow.

Don doesn’t even want to talk about the buckled braces on one bridge repair or yet another bridge repair project that had a large brace installed upside down. Iveson is good buddies with Amarjeet Sohi, former Edmonton city councillor and current federal infrastructure minister. Get ready Canadian tax payer to cough up billions for Don’s pet projects of inner city transit.
commented 2017-05-17 22:26:40 -0400
I hesitate to even wade in on this, because for me it’s one of those “don’t get me started” things. But here goes…
I lived in Lynnwood Ridge for over a decade before I moved to Highland Park almost a decade ago. Both neighbourhoods are next to the proposed Green Line.
In my old neighbourhood, CN operates an almost unused rail line over the Bow River and Deerfoot Trail which could connect Ogden directly to the city core over abandoned railroad rights-of-way, many of which have never even had the old rails removed. There has never been any indication in the news that this ultra low cost option was ever even explored. FGS, why the hell not?
Next question, the original three route options for the north leg all converged on the area of the Centre St./64 Ave. intersection with everything north of there the same. So why did they lock into the most expensive and disruptive option up Centre St. when the Nose Creek route is OBVIOUSLY the way you would have gone by horseback 130 years ago?
We have far and away the best bus service in Calgary running up and down Centre St. between downtown and 64 ave. and private vehicle traffic still moves well most of the time. So now they want to totally shut that down and run LRT through Tuxedo, Highland Park and Thorncliffe, turning Centre St., one of the oldest “main vein” roads in Calgary into the equivalent of a back alley, which in turn would cause both Edmonton Trail and 4 St. NW to turn into a gridlocked mess.
Absolutely ridiculous. So let me answer my own questions.
The only reason we are not presently less than two years away from a fully-operational Green Line that goes all the way from North Pointe to Seton, without ever digging a single tunnel, is because of puffed-up blowfish civic politicians, obsessed with cementing their personal legacies as the architects of “designer-grade” and “world-class” showpieces, when they had a wide open opportunity to build something that just plain works.
Like I said, don’t get me started…
commented 2017-05-17 20:40:53 -0400
The “vibrancy” (AKA sustainability) costs these local agenda 21 bozos install is always billed to the local community – when you have a particularly free spending globalist like Nenshi they just kick the billing up the tax ladder a notch – I guess he figures he has a better chance of coercing filthy lucre from a Soros-connected globalist like Trudeau than a bankrupt globalist who is in the middle of destroying the provincial economy like Notley
commented 2017-05-17 20:29:15 -0400
the southeast industrial area employs a vast majority of Calgarians…the lrt should have been built to this quadrant first many years ago…but virtue signalling and politics takes precedence over common sense…