Why Rail Matters
Rail is by far the safest and most efficient form of mass public transportation. Similarly, it is a much more practical and sustainable approach to transportation, especially when it comes to emissions, fuel and moving large numbers of people at once.
Why should you ditch the car and take rail?
Cost savings, because car operation is typically more expensive than train fares
Time saving during rush hour, as trains can travel at a higher speed than the equivalent road speed
Higher productivity, because the time spent on a train can be used to carry out other tasks
Lower stress levels, caused by congestion, which can also improve productivity
Road users, including emergency responders and commercial vehicle drivers, would benefit from:
Congestion relief. Experience indicates the development of a Commuter/Regional train system would slow the growth of road traffic and congestion, with a larger share of trips being shifted off the roads.
Residents of Calgary and surrounding
regional municipalities would
New transportation options
Congestion relief on main roads
Air quality benefits
Those who cannot, or do not, drive would benefit from:
Better transportation options, particularly for those who live at a distance from their workplaces, young people, members of lower-income households, and those who cannot drive because of age or disability
Access to affordable transit that covers the region
The alternative to developing rail transit systems would be to build more roads, expand existing roads, and/or create High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes. How large do we want QE2 to be in the future? Adding more lanes may seem like a reasonable suggestion, but if that was a solution to congestion then Highway 401 in Toronto would be the least congested road in North America, instead of the most congested.
The benefits of commuter rail:
"Canada's worst highway bottleneck is the stretch of Highway 401 that cuts across the north part of the City of Toronto. This bottleneck alone costs commuters over 3 million hours of annual delays. In total, five of the top ten bottlenecks are found in the Toronto area."
- Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada's Worst Bottlenecks, a study by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).