Direct airport bus service begins today
27 June 2011 05:59
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said yesterday that Calgary Transit and council will reassess the new airport bus route at the end of the year to determine if the services are valuable to Calgarians.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he’s taken public transit in many North American cities from the airport to the downtown core — except Calgary.
Now Nenshi, along with other jet-setting Calgarians, will have a direct transit link from downtown to the airport.
For the next six months, Calgary Transit will be operating Route 300, at a net cost of $336,000 from the city’s innovation fund, to see if the service is useful to Calgarians.
“Rather than wait three years and plan the route perfectly before launching it, we just launched it in a very short period of time to see if it works,” said Nenshi.
Doug Morgan, manager of service design, said transit hasn’t invested in retrofitting the buses for luggage storage but will reassess after six months.
“We’re going to have to see if it’s going to be a big problem,” said Morgan, adding it is estimated about 1,200 people will utilize the route daily.
Nenshi said the new route is vital, especially following the closure of Barlow Trail.
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