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Calgary Transit is going green

Future Green Line beneficial for students

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Illustration by Wyatt Tremblay

For many students, transit is a part of daily life at SAIT. When you visit the SAIT/ACAD and Jubilee station, you see first- hand the number of people who intersect through Calgary Transit.

At the transit stop, there are many different people: young mothers with their kids, students from ACAD and SAIT rushing to class and people who work in the surrounding area.

The CTrain station is peaceful in the afternoon, but during the morning and evening rush hours, the stations devolve into bedlam.

The trains are so busy that sometimes it just feels better to wait for the next one. Most people are clamouring for an easier ride with fewer crowds.

The LRT system in Calgary has often been frustrating for long-term residents because of the limited areas it reaches and how crowded the trains can get. This frustration is the reason there is growing excitement for Calgary’s latest addition to the LRT, the Green Line.

The future Green Line will be built north of downtown Calgary, running the length of Centre Street. The final path of the track will range from the southeast communities of Keystone and Seton to downtown Calgary.

The City of Calgary’s website states the train system will be 40 kilometres long, nearly double the current size of Calgary’s LRT system. 90,000-140,000 commuters are expected to use the Green Line each day.

Further information provided by the City of Calgary’s website states that the proposed line has received funding from the Government of Canada, to the tune of $1.53 billion. Further funding has been requested from the Alberta Government. The City of Calgary has committed $1.56 billion over 30 years, as long as Federal and Provincial governments provide equal funding.

The city has engaged in 13 separate events to hear public opinions, and people are happy these changes are being made.

Abby Salas, a baking and pastry arts student at SAIT, is excited because “change is good.”

Salas believes that the new trains and their associated lines will offer more rides for more people, so there will be fewer crowds to contend with.

Even new Calgarians are looking forward to a new transit line.

Fresh from Vancouver, Carly Field lives in downtown Calgary. She commutes to work at the Jubilee, and loves the effort city council is making to ensure transit is easy and accessible for residents.

Field said Calgary Transit is already “better than the Vancouver Skytrain,” and additional cars and tracks are only going to make things better.

Upon the completion of the Green Line, further transit connections with the Calgary International Airport are expected. Construction is not yet underway, but the city has begun upgrading bus routes along the line.

The next information meeting will take place on Oct. 1, in Crescent Heights.

For now, students have to survive the swarms of people during rush hour. With the impending construction of the Green Line, we can now look forward to a light at the end of the LRT tunnel.

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