Some nuggets about the Calgary LRT (dubbed the CTrain) from this report, which was released on March 30, 2011:
- The conservative estimate herein puts the cost per paying rider at roughly $2.88
- [There is an assumption] that the CTrain is actually getting people out of their cars — it is not. Despite the City’s Draconian efforts to curb downtown parking, more people drive downtown than in any other Canadian city.
- Calgarians travel further to work than do residents of any Canadian city with a population over one million, save Edmonton.
- the CTrain has actually helped drive urban sprawl
- The independent U.S. Government Accountbility Office recognizes BRT as a superior alternative to LRT.
- It is slow and expensive and at best has a moderately positive impact on traffic. At worst, it has a moderately negative impact.