More LRT stations possible along Calgary Red Line, councillor suggests

A Calgary council member wants the city to look into adding more stations along the northwest-to-south LRT line.

Gian-Carlo Carra says 50th Avenue and Northland Village are possibilities

A Calgary city councillor wants the city to examine whether there should be more stops along the LRT's Red Line. (David Bell/CBC)

A Calgary council member wants the city to look into adding more stations along the northwest-to-south LRT line.

City council will receive a notice of motion Monday asking it to look at adding stops along the Red Line between Tuscany and Somerset-Bridlewood.

Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra says there are stations that were originally conceived but never built.

Carra admits there could be concerns about slowing the line down.

"And that's always going to be a delicate balance that we strike. But I think we can't have that conflict — we can't have a thoughtful argument or discussion about that — unless we understand what the numbers are," he said.

"So that's what this report is intending to do, is to give us the information."

Carra says there is an opportunity for a station at around 50th Avenue — which was considered but never built in the 80s — where Enmax is now looking to consolidate its workers.

A new stop could also be added somewhere between Chinook mall and Heritage to tie-in with a proposed commercial-residential development in the southeast industrial area, Carra says.

And in northwest Calgary, a stop could be added at Northland Village, another area where a station had originally been pencilled in to the plans.

"Northland Mall is slated for a significant redevelopment," he said.

Carra says the city should try to take advantage of major new commercial and residential developments that have cropped up along the line since it was built.


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