Overview of the Investing In Mobility Transit Corridor Cost/Benefit Analysis

At the direction of City Council, Transportation prepared a report to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit on June 19, 2013.  The report was tabled to the July 24, 2013 meeting of the committee. 

The report identifies priority for corridors for the limited funding we have available at the present time under the Investing in Mobility plan.  Through approval of these recommendations, we hope to move forward with the full infrastructure required on these corridors. 

Below we describe how we did the analysis and where we go from here with RouteAhead’s 10-year rapid transit network.

How we did it

  • We limited the analysis to a comparison of the corridors relative to one another.  Our goal is to design and build the infrastructure required on all of these corridors in the next 10 years.  We didn’t add new projects to the mix (after all, Council just approved RouteAhead!)
  • We didn’t change the concept for the corridors.  For example, it was tempting to modify a project to make it more cost effective in the short term to fit within the existing funding envelope.  However, we don’t want to compromise our strategic approach to these corridors over the next 30 years as outlined in the RouteAhead plan.
  • We chose criteria that aligned with RouteAhead’s core principles and evaluation criteria, while addressing our main goal and the intent of Council’s direction: to make the best use of constrained funding.  Of course, if we had enough money, we would complete all of these corridors as soon as possible. 
  • We used objective comparisons  that are measured or forecasted by The City on a common basis for all corridors.  We conducted sensitivity analysis on the results to ensure confidence in the results of each project relative to the others.

Where we go from here

Transportation’s goal is to move ahead with infrastructure and transit service improvements on all of these corridors.  Some investments will continue to be made incrementally as funding allows.  Below are some examples of recent investments on the corridors:

Centre Street Transitway: Centre Street/McKnight Boulevard transit-only lanes

Southwest Transitway: transit-only shoulder lanes on Crowchild Trail between 9 Avenue SW and 33 Avenue SW

South Crosstown BRT: introductory service on Route 306 as part of West LRT Bus Service Plan and operational improvements at 14 Street SW and Heritage Drive

17 Avenue SE: 9 Avenue SE peak period transit-only lanes

To complete the full infrastructure on each of the 10-year corridors, we need capital funding approval.  This will be challenging as a result of the impacts of the June 21, 2013 flooding and the competing demands for capital funding.

The report was tabled to the July 24, 2013 meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit.  This is a public meeting.  Here is information on where and when the Committee meeting will be held.

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