Calgary is big enough for better transit

As I’ve said before, I’m no expert. I haven’t been everywhere or done everything. But one thing I have done is paid attention to public transit systems, especially the ones I’ve had to deal with on a daily basis.

Such as the one in Calgary. You already know how I feel about our beloved transit system. And we’re long overdue to consider how much bigger it should be.

In fact, some replies to posts I did on Calgary Transit Sucks and Improving Calgary Transit in the city core, and a half-argument I got into with someone waiting for the 301 led me to think: How does Calgary compare to other cities in terms of transit, anyway?

Some cities I do have direct experience with:

Calgary should be learning from cities such as these — especially its cousins in Canada — and learning what could be done to make things better. It should also look at its own history. Calgary used to have an interurban system that covered a lot of the city. Gone, and pretty much forgotten. But more extensive (by a wide margin) than the current C-Train.

It’s not about planning for more roads. It’s not about ensuring there’s parking downtown. It’s about making better (that includes regularly-staffed, regularly-timed, and appropriately-equipped) bus routes, dedicated lanes during rush hours to funnel people in and out of downtown, [[Improving Calgary Transit in the city core|buried transit lines downtown]], more C-Train lines, and maybe (just maybe) trains to/from High River, Canmore, Strathmore, and Airdrie.

It’s not like it hasn’t been done before.