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See our Issues page for more information on the project.

Pumphill, Bayview, Palliser (PBP) Consortium Open House – Tuesday, June 28

Everyone Welcome!

The PBP Consortium is a group of neighbours who have come together over serious concerns that the SW BRT will have on the communities of Pumphill, Bayview & Palliser. Join them for an evening of project information and updates.

DATE: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (brief presentation at 7:30pm)

LOCATION: PBP Community Centre – 2323 Palliser Dr SW

What’s Next?

SAVE THE DATE – JULY 20, 2016 at 9:30am at City Hall

Your Community, Your Voice!

Join your neighbours on Wednesday, July 20th at City Hall to address members of the City Council Transportation & Transit committee. Let’s continue to stand together and have our voices heard:

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time: 9:30am scheduled start time. We expect the meeting to run for most of the day so there could likely be several opportunities during the day and evening to speak if you have time constraints

Location: Historic City Hall (sandstone building)  Engineering Traditions Room (1st Floor, 700 Macleod Trail South)

Format: Each Calgarian is allowed a maximum 5 minutes to speak uninterrupted regarding the project.  Following your remarks, members of the committee might ask you a question.

Rides: If you need a ride to the LRT station, please let us know as our volunteers will be providing complimentary shuttle service

Questions?  If you plan on speaking on July 20th or have any questions regarding speaking to the committee, please contact us at: info@readytoengage.ca

Click here to see the list of questions posed by citizens at the April 20th

Transportation & Transit Meeting

The City has promised to deliver responses to all of these questions prior to the July 20th T&T Meeting.

A Successful Transportation & Transit Meeting!

On April 20th, over 60 people spent the day expressing their concerns to the Standing Policy Committee for Transportation & Transit.  After hours of citizens expressing their concerns, over 60 questions were documented and sent to administration to gather answers.

Below is a referral motion raised at the end of the meeting by Councillor Chabot.  This issue will be back in front of the T&T Committee in July!

Referral Motion

A Successful Rally!

On April 20th, over 200 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to express their concern over the proposed Southwest Bus Rapid Transit Project.

Read the Calgary Herald News Article

brt rally photo

(Photo by JIM WELLS / JIM WELLS/POSTMEDIA, retrieved from http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fortney-duelling-protests-and-surreal-moments-outside-city-hall)

Welcome to our side of the argument!

On Friday The City released the following statement to Calgary residents.

JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING SOUTHWEST TRANSITWAY

Post Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Today, City Administration released an update report on the Southwest Transitway that will be discussed at the coming Transportation and Transit Standing Policy Committee meeting. The following is a joint statement from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Ward 11 Councillor Brian Pincott, and Ward 13 Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart:

“We are concerned to learn that the cost estimate for the Southwest Transitway is significantly higher than the original estimate that was set out in the 2010 functional study for the project. Although this cost escalation can be accommodated in the overall Council approved budget for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program, we need answers to fully understand how such a significant change could occur.”As a result, there are several questions that must be addressed, including, but not limited to the following: 

  • First, we expect a detailed explanation for the cost escalation for this project and how it may impact other projects in the BRT program.
  • Second, we need a detailed understanding of the phasing and timing for this project.
  • Third, we understand that the City has been meeting with ATCO to coordinate the work on this project and we need an update on the results of those discussions.
  • Fourth, we need to understand the interaction of this project with commercial and residential applications that are coming forward within the 14th Street SW and 90th Avenue SW corridors.

“Finally, the difference in these cost estimates has brought to light a broader question about the City’s capital budgeting process. We need to clearly define, now more than ever, how to better align Council’s approval process so that approvals occur with greater understanding and greater cost certainty.

“We will work with Administration to ensure that these questions are answered at the Transit and Transportation Committee meeting on April 20.”

Click here to see the original statement.

In a recent survey commissioned by ready to engage!, 2 to 1 of SW Calgary residents responded
that they are opposed to the SW BRT project.

Click here to see the press release.

Click here to see the methodology, questions, and results.

“ready to engage! categorically denies the allegations made by the Mayor that anyone in our group was involved in any form of violence or activity. We wholeheartedly condemn any and all forms of violence or intimidation.

Read our letter to the Mayor here where we ask for an apology from him for these false accusations.

All Calgarians have the democratic right to ask questions from their elected officials on how taxpayer dollars are being spent and we will not be silenced.”

Click to view the letter to Mayor Nenshi asking for an apology

 

What we heard! – Comments from our January Information Forum

A HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO OUR EVENT TO GET INFORMED ABOUT THE SW TRANSITWAY AND BRT PROJECT!  YOUR ATTENDANCE HAS STRENGTHENED OUR VOICE.  

CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE THE COMMENTS FROM OUR EVENT!

Your voice counts!

Some members of City Council do not agree with the scope of this project and also question why it is moving forward.

Diane Quote

Who We Are

We are ready to engage! We were formed in November 2015 and our mandate is to give a voice to residents and other stakeholders who have had none to date. We are in support of well planned, efficient and cost-effective public transit improvements for all Calgarians.

What We Are Asking

We are asking City Council to reconsider this costly project. The SW Transitway & BRT has never been properly debated at City Council, was passed on a deficient preliminary engineering report, has not had adequate consultation with affected landowners, was misrepresented at Council and has been inactive for the past 5 years. Most residents alongside the route had never even heard of the project until ready to engage! brought it to their attention.