Light Rail subway and heritage tramway
light rail line, one of the first in the North American continent's
light rail renaissance of the 1980's, is known for it's Siemens cars which are identical to those of the San Diego trolley. Since then, new cars have been added.
Transit Web Page including
Calgary LRT by Steve Perry (perhaps the best Calgary
LRT site I've seen)
10 Minutes at Whitehorn Station (January, 1999)
Opened in 1981,the system currently has 3 lines totaling 43.8 km and 37 stations, all
of which are above ground. Only a small portion of the line is
subsurface. Most stations are above ground, though Barlow is built into
a hill and the zoo station is partially underground.
According to a third party conversation with a senior CT official,
"very long term plans do contemplate a subway through the city centre.
One recently built or renovated government building has a provision for
a future station in its basement." This building is alleged to be the
convention centre. However, a subway was begun in Calgary in the
1980's. The section below City Hall
by urban explorers. The tunnel goes under the CP
rail tracks south of 9th Ave. downtown. This tunnel in use has a
stub (the "secret tunnel") that veers west under city hall as the train
leaves a tunnel that exits into downtown. The spur, once
visible, was cruelly blocked off when CT discovered their secret under-region had been invaded by hapless civilians. The
entrance to the stub is a hatch in the aldermen's parkade. There's a
red sign near it that says "special procedures apply". Under the
parkade, there's a concrete half-completed station with room for 4
tracks (1 island platform, 2 side platforms). The plan is to eventually
have a tunnel under 8th Ave downtown.
In 2001, Calgary's CTrain became the first public transit system in Canada to use 100% of its electricity from a wind powered source.
Construction of the 8 km West LRT began in 2009, and opened in December 2012. It features Calgary's first true subway stations at Westbrook
and 69th Street at the very end of the line.
Don't forget to visit the
Heritage Park Street Railway, which runs 1 km from 14th Street SW
turns 20 years old
Northeast LRT subway, a 5.2 km partially underground
extension, now complete.
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