Calgary’s Transit and Traffic Network Faces Test Amid Red Line Closure

Signage advises commuters at the Red Line shuttle pick up point about a block west of the Chinook LRT station in southwest Calgary on Monday, November 27, 2023. A major part of the Train line and part of Macleod Tr is shut down for construction of the Red Line and a new CTrain station. Jim Wells/Postmedia

Calgary’s transportation system is undergoing its first major test this Monday as the city adapts to the temporary closure of a key segment of the CTrain’s Red Line, a crucial artery in the city’s public transit network.

Shuttle Operation for Red Line Closure

The CTrain Red Line, a vital transit route for many Calgarians, is closed between Chinook and City Hall/Bow Valley College stations. To mitigate the impact, the city has launched its largest-ever replacement shuttle operation. Shuttle buses are running every five minutes during peak hours to bridge the gap, with additional services from Heritage Park and Anderson stations operating between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Smooth Sailing on First Workday Morning

The shuttle system seemed to operate smoothly during the early hours of Monday morning, with a steady flow of commuters transitioning from the Chinook LRT platform to the waiting buses on 61 Avenue S.W. The city has mobilized every road-worthy bus in its fleet to ensure adequate service throughout the week.

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Traffic Recommendations and Alternatives

With Macleod Trail undergoing lane closures during the week, city officials recommend that drivers heading downtown use alternative routes such as Crowchild to Bow Trail or Memorial Drive to the Fourth Avenue flyover. This advice is particularly pertinent for Monday’s Flames’ game, where attendees are advised to take transit or park elsewhere in downtown and walk to the Saddledome.

Closure for Construction of New Station

The disruption, which began late last Friday, is necessitated by the construction of a new station at Victoria Park/Stampede. The closure, impacting thousands of daily commuters, is slated to continue through December 3, with services expected to resume on the morning of December 4.

Call for Commuter Patience

City officials are urging commuters to be patient while navigating the expected increase in traffic congestion. This temporary closure marks a significant challenge for the city’s transit and road networks, as they accommodate the large volume of commuters usually relying on the Red Line for their weekday travel.