July 11, 2017

It’s official! Calgary Green Line transit project goes off the rails

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Plans for Calgary’s Green Line transit upgrade just keep changing! First, Council didn’t do their due diligence on the cost of the project and as a result, the city will end up paying $4.65B for half the line when the original estimate for the whole project was $4.5B. 

Also, the first phase of the project will provide service to people that already have a relatively easy time commuting into the downtown core.

Watch as I speak with CPC MP for Calgary Nose Hill Michelle Rempel about this project and what it means for Calgary commuters.

Alberta’s NDP government says they backed this project because it would take more cars off the road, which clearly isn’t the case.

There is no carbon tax fund, and Calgarians have been waiting too long for efficient transit service.

This project has clearly gone off the rails since original funding from the former Conservatives was granted and Rempel says the City and the Alberta government have a lot of explaining to do.

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commented 2017-07-12 02:59:43 -0400
Whoa, that is some expensive parking.
commented 2017-07-11 18:40:08 -0400
I lived in Edmonton in the 80s when they were tunnelling under Jasper Ave. for the LRT and kept hitting sand. Years of delays, billions in cost over-runs because of something they should have known about before they even started. Then nothing got built for decades because they already spent way too much money.
But of course nothing like this could never happen in Calgary, right? After all, Edmonton has never had the advantage of “world-class” logistics experts like Nenshi’s crew, lol.
commented 2017-07-11 18:32:13 -0400
Caption for the header photo, based on Notley’s smarmy smile.

Notley: “This is how plebeians travel? How hilarious!”
commented 2017-07-11 18:23:27 -0400
Just like Vancouver trying to ban carbon from the city core . All the while wild fires rage . Carbon gone wild . Now they have to jack up the price on carbon . Any fool can see how stupid all of this is .Except the tax crazy government .
commented 2017-07-11 15:09:51 -0400
I moved out of Calgary because of traffic and frankly, the same socio-poltical rot that infects most large urban centers – Life is so much better where I am now – if I never saw Edmonton or Calgary again it would not worry me – if I go there it’s on week ends and only to malls on the periphery or a football game.
commented 2017-07-11 14:47:14 -0400
“because Calgary’s transit is so inefficient” Maybe so, the problem is the buses travel in the same traffic as every one else, unless they can fly, the transit has a challenge. Having lived in and visiting Calgary the traffic sucks, I hate driving there. When I worked there sometimes it could take me 40 minutes to do 20 km to work.
commented 2017-07-11 14:45:25 -0400
Transit always looses money. During rush hour it is full. The rest of the day one or two people ride around in these fuel pigs.
The same is true for the C train.
commented 2017-07-11 14:23:17 -0400
Nenshi bought a fleet of electric cars for the city, with out tax dollars, and I’m wondering how long it will be before gas burning vehicles are banned in Calgary?
commented 2017-07-11 14:03:04 -0400
So Ms. Rempel says cars produce greenhouse gas emissions…..OK?
It’s becoming very difficult to figure out where these so called conservatives actually stand on the issue. While I believe the cars need to stay out of the core on the daily commute, it is for the congestion, not for the greenhouse gas emissions. WTF!
commented 2017-07-11 13:44:40 -0400
The unions don’t want an efficient transit system. And Nenshi and Notley cater to unions, at the expense of the people. One thing these Marxist lunatics forget, is that the voters hate when promises politicians make are not kept.