Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Alberta Light Rail Update

The City of Calgary is on track to completing its Northwest, Northeast, and West light rail system by 2012. Their system has pretty much been under constant expansion since 2001. They will have added 26.2km to their system by 2012 since 2001.

On June 9th, the City of Calgary approved the alignment of their new west light rail line. Construction is slated to beginning in early 2009. This 8km expansion which includes extensive elevated, trenched, and tunneled sections is budgeted at $700m or $87.5m per km. Compared to $233m per km for UBC SkyTrain, it’s a steal of a deal.

Not be left behind, Edmonton will have almost doubled their original pre-2000 system with the under-construction 10km southern expansion by 2010. Meanwhile, the City is working on building a north line and just recently started at study to consider a light rail expansion to the West Edmonton Mall area.


Corey said...

A loop line would fill that Calgary system in nicely, although I have no idea how feasible it is, as I don't really know the city well.

Nathan Pachal said...

I understand that they will do a quality bus transit circle route.