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Cost of car ownership vs transit

Graphic courtesy of Calgary Transit. Automobile cost estimates provided by the Canadian Automobile Association

  • The population of Calgary is projected to grow by over 1,000,000 people in the next 30 years?
  • The CTrain is powered 100 percent by renewable wind energy? This initiative made Calgary the first wind-powered light rail transit system in North America and reduced CO2 emissions by over 56,000 tonnes in 2012.
  • An LRT station has been shown to increase property values in the surrounding 800 metres?
  • Calgary has the highest daily LRT ridership in North America?
  • A Light Rail Vehicle generates 10 decibels LESS than an Urban Diesel Bus?
  • A study by Smart Growth America showed that transit construction projects generate 30 per cent more jobs per dollar than new construction of roads and bridges.
  • A study by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute has shown that both households and municipalities save money when high quality public transit services are offered. The net savings to the household are greater, even when the cost of transit fares and property taxes are included.
  • In 2010 – the last year of data in a Transport Canada survey on congestion, the average Calgarian spent 52 minutes per day commuting.
  • “Roads, Traffic and Infrastructure” remain the top concern for Calgarians in the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.
  • By 2010, Transit Oriented Development in the City of Portland had helped generate 543,000 transit trips annually that otherwise would have been made by car as well as preserved 322 acres of land that would have been required to service the same level of development that had been created around transit stations.
  • The CTrain carries 13 times as many passengers as BRT service.
  • Between 1992 and 2005, over 18,000 jobs were added into Calgary’s downtown core with few improvements to the road network in to or out of the core thanks to the strength of the LRT.
  • In 2013, the daily ridership of the new West LRT line in Calgary exceeded ridership projections by almost 3,000 riders daily – highlighting the acceptance of LRT by Calgarians.

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