CALGARY TRANSIT launched a drive to expand its 29·3 km light rail network in December, when it ordered 11 SD-160 LRVs from Siemens Transportation Systems for US$26m. Similar to the cars ordered by Denver and Salt Lake City, they will augment a fleet of 83 U-2s.
To serve a rapidly expanding population, CT plans to lengthen all three lines: South to 162 Ave S, Northwest to 53 St NW and Northeast to Prairie Winds. Officials would like to complete the extensions, totalling 14 km, in about five years. Total cost, including 21 cars, a 2 km test track and a new Northeast maintenance depot, is put at C$481m.
The city is evaluating two proposals for a public-private partnership, and has applied for funding from Alberta.