Yeah - my guess is $800 million for CPR to upgrade tracks and signals, mostly going towards the mainline and access to it. $500 million to the west (lots of constrained valley walls), $300 million to the east, north and south.
How can we run more trains when capacity is pretty much full downtown. Trains can't be longer and they already run every 2 minutes during rush hour. Putting the lines underground will be at least a billion.I don't mind the idea of Okotoks, Airdrie and Cochrane using our LRT as long as they chip in for it, and it allows CT to run more train cars during rush hour.
How can we run more cars if trains will be longer than a city block and stop traffic?Run more train cars. They don't need to support operating (a good portion of the capital already comes from a region wide pot, GreenTRIP). The marginal LRT operating cost per passenger is so low, it is always cost recovery. Not charging for parking on the other hand ...
Depends on the extent of the system, there are some routes where even now the benefit does outweigh the cost, there are others that don't meet the criteria.I like the idea of a regional rail system, but I'll throw this question out there. Do you think the benefit will outweigh the cost at this point? I haven't looked into all the details, but I would assume a regional bus network would be much cheaper.
Airdrie has 2 ICE routes into downtown Calgary and another that feeds to the C-Train at Rundle station.I'm fairly new here and not sure how to quote but this is my worry about feeding to LRT terminal stations.
Airdrie funneling feeder busses to the green line or Okotoks sending people to Silverado concerns me that LRT will become crowded before it even reaches inner city stations. This was an issue before 4 car trains were put into service and they want to push LRT further. A regional network set up to handle higher capacity is a better solution and GO Transit success is a good example of such system.