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  • I found it to be on time most of time, unless there were some emergencies, such as train fire or a passenger pressing the yellow panic button
  • This problem becomes more acute in winter, when a three-block distance can take thirty minutes by bus

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      The showpiece of Calgary’s mass transportation system is the CTrain, which covers nearly 45 kilometers of track, spanning 37 different stations. The downtown core of the CTrain is free so if you live in the downtown area, you don’t have to pay anything to take the train.

      For most people, especially the city’s working masses, the CTrain is one great time saver on a daily basis. Mind you, this is not a subway system, it is based on the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) technology using a fleet of 156 Siemens-Duwag cars.

      This CTrain has almost identical dimensions with Toronto’s Scarborough RT, but unlike its


      sister, it does not bog down as much during winter. This is probably because it is much colder in winter in Calgary, one of Canada’s most popular cities in the west. So the train system was built with this in mind.

      Aside from the free ride in the downtown area, Calgary’s mass transit system is also the cheapest. A ticket worth Canadian $2.50 can take you anywhere in the system. Compare this with Toronto fares, and Vancouver’s for that matter.

      Why this is so is perhaps because Calgary is a more prosperous city than the two, so the provincial government ...


      • of Alberta can afford to subside the transit fees more. Calgary, after all, produces gasoline and is known to subsidize other Canadian provinces in times of economic crunch.

        In Vancouver, $2.50 will only take you to one zone, in a three-zone system that covers ten different cities. In Toronto, $2.75 should cover all of your one-way travel.

        I used to take the CTrain on a regular basis when I lived in Calgary in 2007. I found it to be on time most of time, unless there were some emergencies, such as train fire or a passenger pressing the yellow panic

        button.

        It’s very efficient, clean and reliable. It’s patronized mostly by Calgary’s working class. The rich class would rather drive itself to work every day in a phenomenon known as the urban sprawl.

        While the CTrain is very efficient, the buses are not, especially in winter. Believe it or not, even in this day and age, Calgary is still suffering from a lack of buses, especially in the north west area. This problem becomes more acute in winter, when a three-block distance can take thirty minutes by bus!




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