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I drive through that area every once in a while and I agree it's kind of stupid. I know they wanted to keep traffic through the residential portion of Beddington down, but it's really only a 3 or 4 block stretch. Might as well open it up.
 
I really hope Centre Street connects through to Harvest Hill Blvd now, so stupid to not allow traffic through there. The people at the north end of Centre St will probably fight it though.
I get the logic of the bus traps not always working as intended (e.g. a car gets stuck so even a bus can't cross), but I would be curious on the impact to relative competitiveness for transit if we just got rid of them all, in particular the Centre Street one. This one probably does make buses slightly more travel-time competitive from the north.

If we allowed free-flow from Centre street the whole way I would imagine Centre Street's congestion would increase and degrade the bus quality and trip times further throughout the system.

This may or may not be very material impact - but removing a bus trap for no barriers isn't a transit improvement, it would likely improve vehicle trip times at expense of transit ones. In theory you would replace the occasional transit delay from a stuck car at the barrier with a daily delay with more vehicle congestion on the route.
 
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Has there been any data released on how much (or if) transit, and specifically LRT, ridership has bounced back since the depths of Covid ?

I’m wondering if it’s even worth building the Green Line at this point.
 
Not much detail, but new development for NW corner of Elbow and Southland :

This one went to Council yesterday, to get the zoning approval for the north parcel of land. The representative from Opus (developer) said that with the zoning for the second parcel, a DP can proceed and expect it to be submitted in the next couple of months. Looks like they are working with Gravity Architecture on it as well. The presentation by Opus just showed a site plan, and typical floor plans (very low on detail), says up to 6 storeys. Will keep an eye out for the DP submission and any other updates. In the meantime, here are the presentations to Council yesterday on the rezoning:
 
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Has there been any data released on how much (or if) transit, and specifically LRT, ridership has bounced back since the depths of Covid ?

I’m wondering if it’s even worth building the Green Line at this point.
I've said this from the beginning, but I'm not sure building it to the depths of the suburbs has ever been worth it. If those people wanted access to strong public transit, they wouldn't live that far away.

I'm happy Centre St. to Inglewood is getting built, but I'd sooner focus on the breadth of the Beltline and connecting the Airport than Seton.
 
I've said this from the beginning, but I'm not sure building it to the depths of the suburbs has ever been worth it. If those people wanted access to strong public transit, they wouldn't live that far away.

I'm happy Centre St. to Inglewood is getting built, but I'd sooner focus on the breadth of the Beltline and connecting the Airport than Seton.
A rant*:

The long-term transit plan still seems to be to give everyone a bit of transit of okay quality, rather than give some areas truly great transit or evolve Calgary into a more transit-friendly city. It's sticking to the 1980s plan - extend the lines as far as we can/build new long lines, add some layers of busses to enhance the LRT effectiveness with a feeder system, but also do very little to de-prioritize private vehicle infrastructure investments, travels speeds and trip times. It's a recipe for a stagnating transit system always playing catchup, never leading.

The core section of the Greenline is actually pretty close to the type of investment that's materially an improvement. The grade-separation and route alignment really does make transit an effective competitor in the inner city. But I am worried that an inflation-induced scope change may water down even that.

Land uses and institution sprawl continue to be two of the biggest issues outside transit's direct control - if the South Hospital was built on the existing Red Line rather than as part of a suburban sprawl play in the SE we'd likely never see the Greenline's south extension being prioritized (and thus taking investment away from other projects). We'd also have the past decade of a few thousands more daily riders without a single new kilometre of track. That's a few thousand more voters too advocating for a better system too. There doesn't seem to be much/any voice from transit or advocacy groups to challenge land uses that are not compatible.

There also seems little interest in revisiting the system model from peak-oriented to a more all-day approach. No apparent interest in evenings, weekends or night service either. Besides the Greenline, from the outside it appears as if there's almost no planning or investment going on in transit at all - all attention seems focused on basic maintenance and day-to-day operations (important stuff of course). I don't think I have ever seen any plan or document that even contemplates improvements in the quality, speed and reliability of existing LRT system since the days of the 4-car extension program.

Calgary still has some shine from the relative effectiveness of the LRT system for a city of it's size, but that shine is fading quickly IMO - we aren't that small of a city anymore and other cities made higher quality transit investments than we are doing when they were our current size.

* a huge asterisks on all my complaints - COVID was a generational impact that has kept Transit's focus elsewhere than the long-term so some drift is understandable given the level of the crisis and ginormous funding challenges. But it's time to get refocused and future-oriented again - I want transit leading the discussion, not slowly fading from relevance in more places.
 
All the oversized lots owned by the same person on the North Side of Mission Road are finally up for sale... again. Would be nice to see it finally developed.

They are using Bode to sell. And while I have zero issues with Bode, I guess I just would of thought as sale of that many lots and size you would be using some large commercial real estate firm that I assumed brings more value then the typical residential Realtors .... but I don't know.

I am bias as heck living in the area, but I would of thought there would be desire from developers to develop there given the population density, nearby train station and location.
 

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