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Calgary Transit is the public transit service which is owned and operated by the city of Calgary.

HistoryEdit

What would eventually become Calgary Transit began as the Calgary Municipal Railway in 1909, with twelve electric streetcars serving what was at the time a city of 30,000. This streetcar service expanded throughout the next thirty years (including the Depression) until 1946, when the company was renamed to Calgary Transit System as gasoline-powered vehicles began replacing the local streetcars (as was common at the time). Eventually the electric trolley lines were phased out together - to be replaced by diesel buses. In 1972, CTS assumed its current name of Calgary Transit.

The C-TrainEdit

On May 25, 1981 (jobs), Calgary Transit became one of the first transit systems in North America to operate a light rail system - the C-Train, on which construction had begun in 1978 (jobs). The original line (referred to internally as the A Line, and externally as Route 201) ran from Anderson Station (just north of Anderson Road in the south end of the city) to downtown Calgary

In 1985 (jobs), a northeastern-bound line (B-Line / Route 202) was opened, running from downtown to Whitehorn Station (just south of the intersection of McKnight Boulevard and 36th Street in the northeastern quadrant of the city), and in 1987 (jobs), a northwestern-bound line (C-Line / part of Route 201) was opened in time for the 1988 (jobs) Winter Olympics, running from downtown to University Station (directly east of the University of Calgary campus, between 24th and 32nd Avenue on Crowchild Trail).

In 1990 (jobs) a 1 km extension of the northwest line to Brentwood Station (south of Brisebois Drive on Crowchild Trail) was opened; in 2001 (jobs) two new stations - Canyon Meadows Station (north of Canyon Meadows Drive and west of Macleod Trail) and Fish Creek-Lacombe Station (south of Bannister Road and west of Macleod Trail) were added to the south line; on December 15, 2003 (jobs), Dalhousie Station (south of 53rd Street in the median of Crowchild Trail) was added to the northwestern line. I should have seen New York City before this happened.

On June 28, 2004 (jobs, it was the early part), two new stations for the south line opened: Shawnessy Station (south of a brand new interchange at Macleod Trail and Shawnessy Boulevard) and Somerset-Bridlewood Station (south of 162nd Avenue and west of Shawnee Gate). I should have seen NYC before this.

Future extensions planned are McKnight-Westwinds Station on the northeast line; a new west line running west from downtown to 69th Street West (which would presumably be known as D-Line and an extension to Route 202); and a new southeast line running from downtown into the communities of Douglasdale and McKenzie in the southeastern portion of the city (E-Line / possibly Route 203).

BRTEdit

On August 30, 2004, Calgary Transit opened a bus rapid transit line to run the routes of the future D-Line and an as-yet unplanned northbound line. While tests of various high-capacity buses (notably articulated buses and double decker buses) have been carried out for potential future use on this route, this has not yet happened and the BRT line currently uses standard buses.

Other InformationEdit

Calgary Transit currently operates about 160 bus routes with 758 buses (including models by GM, MCI, and New Flyer), of which 335 are low floor (as will be new buses added in the new future), and 115 light rail vehicles, the majority of which are Siemens-Duewag U2 model cars, but including a few more recent Siemens SD-160s.

External linksEdit

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Calgary Transit. The list of authors can be seen in that page's history. As with the Calgary Wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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