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SWBRT Delayed by City Council!

Dear Neighbours,

Thanks to your incredible efforts, the southern portion of the SW BRT, from Glenmore to Woodbine has been delayed until 2018-2019!

It is because of concerned and engaged citizens like you, that City Council voted this evening to delay the project for several years due to the safety concerns that we raised around building over the ATCO high pressure gas pipeline along 14 Street SW.

Until last month or so the City dismissed and mocked our concerns about this pipeline and now they are saying they have been working with ATCO all along. How can we believe anything the City says about this project? What else have they missed?

Together, we demonstrated to City Council and City Administration that the SW BRT was never, and still is not, a “shovel ready” project. We proved that the necessary due diligence on this project that was passed over five years ago was never completed. It continues to be an expensive and bad plan that has never undergone any cost/benefit analysis or ridership studies especially when we continue to see empty buses travelling up and down the route.

City Administration has still not shared actual project costs or how they can justify building a transit project of this magnitude when transit ridership is going down and Calgarians are losing their jobs. This is not a time for an expensive capital project that will add millions of dollars to the City’s operational budget that come from your property taxes. In addition, if this project goes ahead, there will be a bus passing in front of the Rockyview Hospital every 100 seconds restricting the hospital’s only access point not to mention the massive traffic congestion that will result along the entire SW BRT route during and after construction.

Mayor Nenshi continues to try to silence Calgarians and, tonight, voted against future public engagement on this project. Nevertheless, City Council voted in favour of public engagement with the community; their recommendation is further proof that genuine public consultation never took place before or after this project was passed.

Ward 11 elected representative Brian Pincott and Ward 13 elected representative Diane Colley-Urquhart failed to adequately consult with their respective constituents on this project and we should not let them forget that especially on election day (October 16, 2017). Mayor Nenshi continues to want to silence us and we should not let him forget that either.

In a final move, Ward 11 elected representative Brian Pincott and Mayor Nenshi asked that Council move ahead with the design of a pedestrian overpass located just north of 90 Avenue at 14 Street and the funding mechanism for it.  According to Mayor Nenshi, the cost will not be included in the scope of the SW BRT budget because it is not a transit project.  Administration was directed to report back to Council later this year regarding the project.
Please click here to read the report that council passed.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. As always, please email us anytime with your comments, thoughts, ideas and questions at:info@readytoengage.ca.

Sincerely,

ready to engage!

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.