The Southwest BRT
September 29, 2017
The Southwest BRT has been a topic of conversation and debate for many communities within Ward 11 for some time now. I believe the BRT network, including the Southwest BRT, will have many positive outcomes for all Calgarians including but not limited to increased options for transportation, reduced traffic congestion, and positive impacts on the local economy. We know that over the next few years, The Rockyview General Hospital, Mount Royal University and the business park in the Old Currie Barracks are expected to provide thousands of new employment opportunities for Calgarians, and I believe the Southwest BRT will be a key transportation solution for how we can get residents of Ward 11 to these job opportunities.
I do feel, however, that the consultation process surrounding the SW BRT was flawed and sowed confusion within the community. Many friends and residents of Ward 11 came to me with their concerns regarding this process and this played a major role in my decision to run for City Council. Through workshops and online feedback which followed the initial consultation, I believe the City of Calgary has been able to address some of the concerns citizens had with the project. I am supportive of the SW BRT as approved by Council in July 2016, with the design changes and budget update that resulted from this work.
The SW BRT project communication and feedback process has highlighted the need for Calgary to revisit how it engages and communicates with its citizens. As your Councillor, I will prioritize reforms to the engagement and communication process to make it more meaningful, informative, and constructive for all participants.
On day one, I will ask for a complete update on the project from City Administration. I am also firmly committed to monitoring the financial and ridership performance of the SW BRT once service is introduced, and being fully transparent with citizens by sharing this information with them.