About Calgary Transit
1909 - Calgary Electric Street Car Railway began operating in a community of 30,000 with 16 miles of track and 12 electric street cars.
1918 - limited stop service was provided for customers in outlying communities.
1930s - during the Depression, while many North American transit services folded, Calgarians continued to be served by a thriving street car system.
1932 - gasoline fuelled buses were introduced to serve areas of Calgary that did not have street car service.
1940s - the transit system was modernized as the street cars were phased out, with the last regular street car run made in 1950*. To replace street cars, a more responsive and flexible system of motor buses and electric trolley buses was initiated. *The last street car was restored and moved to Heritage Park where it reminds park visitors of our past.
1946 - the Calgary Municipal Railway was renamed the Calgary Transit System (CTS).
1950 - 1975 - Calgary rapidly grew to a population of almost half a million people and the bus and trolley systems were expanded to meet the demand.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, trolley buses were phased out and replaced with diesel buses that were more flexible in their routing, and more economical.
1971 - exact fare system introduced to speed up boarding and reduce operating costs.
1972 - CTS joined The City of Calgary Transportation Department and was renamed Calgary Transit.
Blue Arrow (limited stop) express service was introduced to serve the downtown rush hour.
1978 - construction of the first leg of the CTrain began.
1981 The 10.9 km south line from Anderson Road to 7 Avenue S.W. was officially opened on May 25.
1985 - Service commenced on the northeast leg of the CTrain.
The northeast, 9.8 km line extends from the east end of 7th Avenue, across the Bow River and northeast to Whitehorn Station.
1986 - Community shuttle buses were introduced as pilot projects in Edgemont/Hawkwood, Martidale/Taradale and Shawnessy/Millrise.
1987 - The third leg of the CTrain system was completed in the northwest.
The northwest line extends from the west end of 7th Avenue, across the Bow River and north to the University of Calgary.
1990 - The northwest leg was extended to Brentwood Station, increasing the line to 6.6 km.
1991 and 1992 - the bus fleet was expanded and a new colour scheme was introduced on the buses - white with navy, magenta and turquoise stripes.
2001 - The south CTrain line was extended to Canyon Meadows (2.0 km) and to Fish Creek Lacombe (1.4 km.
2003 - The northwest CTrain line was extended to Dalhousie (3.0 km).
2004 - The southwest CTrain line was extended to Shawnessy and Somerset/Bridlewood (3.0 km).
2007 - The northeast CTrain line was extended to McKnight-Westwinds (2.9 km).
2009 - One billionth CTrain customer recorded in February.
2009 - The northwest CTrain line was extended to Crowfoot (2.2 km).
2012 - The northeast CTrain line was extended to Martindale and Saddletowne (2.9 km).
2012 - The West LRT CTrain line opened, between downtown and 69 Street W (8.2km).
Low floor buses provide service in many areas of the city. These buses, which are equipped with ramps, have no steps, and can "kneel" within 10 cm of a standard curb, make boarding and exiting easier for all customers. Each low floor bus can carry two customers in wheelchairs or scooters. Thirty community shuttle routes operate throughout the city.
Community shuttle buses are more economical to operate and allow Calgary Transit to introduce service in new communities that do not have a large enough population to support full-size bus service.
More economical off-peak service can be provided with community shuttle buses.
They are also easier to operate in areas where streets are narrow and may not accommodate a full-size bus.
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Then and Now
Moving Calgarians Since 1909
Calgary Transit has been moving Calgarians since 1909 - that's over 100 years of service! Over the next century we will continue to change and grow with Calgary, as we have for the past century. (Calgary's transit service was responsible for many aspects of Calgary's growth and development.)
Calgary Transit's role in the community
Calgary Transit has remained a vital part of The City of Calgary because it fulfils three key roles in the community:
Public transit provides transportation for those individuals who cannot or choose not to transport themselves.
Public transit is more economical for the individual and for The City than travel by private automobile. High quality transit service means that many people do not need to buy automobiles. With fewer vehicles, the City has to build and maintain fewer roads.
The use of public transit reduces the environmental impact of urban travel. Fewer private automobiles means cleaner air and reduced traffic noise for Calgarians.