Light Rail Now! - The Track to Better Urban Livability
Home Button Features Button News Button Events Button Facts Button Myths Button About Us Button Contact Us button Links Button Search
Calgary LRT

Related Links

Light Rail Progress can be contacted at:

Light Rail Progress

Calgary: South LRT Extension Opens

By Light Rail Now! Publication Team • July 2004

On Saturday morning, 26 June 2004, Calgary, Alberta Mayor Dave Bronconnier officially opened the long-awaited $45-million southern extension of C-Train, the city's LRT system. The opening included the inauguration of the Shawnessy and Somerset-Bridlewood C-Train stations.
[Calgary Herald, 25 June 25, 2004]

Construction of the first leg of the city's LRT system began in 1978. Operations began in 1981 with one line starting at Anderson Road and ending at 8 ST. S.W. This was quickly followed in the 1980s by major expansions that define the three major directions of the city's current C-Train service.
[Calgary Transit website, July 2004; photo: Kevin Lo]

Today Calgary Transit (CT) operates a fleet of 116 Siemens-Duwag built LRT railcars that operate on 42.1 kilometres (26.1 miles) of track and serve 36 stations. The system is comprised of two lines known as route 201 and 202. The 201 line has a north-south orientation reaching from Somerset/Bridlewood in the South to Dalhousie in the north. The 202 line is oriented east-west, starting at Whitehorn and ending at 10 St. S.W. (downtown). Downtown Calgary area is established as a free fare zone in which it is free to ride the LRT service. However, a fare must be paid if one is travelling outside the downtown area. Peakhour service has a 5-minute frequency and offpeak service is offered every 15 minutes.
[Calgary Sun, 25 June 2004; Calgary Transit website, July 2004; map: CT]

Calgary's LRT is hailed as a tremendous success for the city. "CTrain ridership has grown by 93 percent since 1995" Calgary Transit spokesperson Ron Collins told a Calgary Sun reporter. "It's really out-paced the growth of the city – we transport over 200,000 riders every weekday on C-Trains alone."
[Calgary Sun, 25 June 2004]

The latest extension to the south line is the second since the line opened in May 1981. The first extension, from Anderson to Fish Creek-Lacombe, opened in October 2001.

In 2003, Dalhousie Station was opened on the C-Train's northwest leg, and this year the opening of the new South Calgary extension brings the total number of suburban stations to 25.
[Calgary Sun, 25 June 2004]

Return to More Vigorous Growth for Light Rail Transit Throughout North America

Light Rail Now! website
Updated 2004/07/26

More on Rail Transit Developments in Calgary


All website material © 2000-2007 Light Rail Now Project (unless otherwise indicated)