Alberta Regional Railway Travel System
Passenger Rail Investment in Alberta brings us all together.
Airdrie, Alberta (Issuewire.com) - Alberta Regional Rail (ARR) ‘s Wild Rose Passenger Rail Travel System is a designed and costed plan that can be implemented as a "shovel ready" project. The travel system build out can commence within three years, linking bedroom communities to Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Alternative Hyper-Loop and High Speed rail proposals require acquisition of a new right of way and utility corridor which likely will take decades to be fully functional. Alberta Regional Rail uses passenger rail cars and technology that is "off the shelf" and available now, funding would be sourced and provided through a Public Private Partnership model.
Alberta Regional Rail offers residents an alternative form of transportation to single occupancy vehicles. The travel system will allow municipalities to schedule their respective transit services to the arrival of the train in the heart of the city.
A travel system integrating regional rail and local bus service enables residents to live in Penhold and work in Ponoka, continue education in agriculture at Olds College and sprinkle in arts courses as electives from Red Deer College, attend medical specialist appointments, visit family and friends, go to a game, or just get out and about to enjoy the cultural and historic areas of the corridor, without the stress of driving on the QE2 especially in winter.
Building a travel system incorporating passenger rail removes cars and congestion along the QE 2 freeway. Environmental benefits include reduced emissions not just from the reduced number of vehicles, but also from the motive power of the trains that may use hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology.
The population of the Calgary to Edmonton corridor is only expected to increase. The alternative to building Alberta Regional Rail would be to add more lanes of traffic to the QE2 and build more roads. This course of action will come at a significant environmental, social and economic cost. The four lane Calgary Ring Road is estimated to cost $30 million per km, double tracking the existing Canadian Pacific Right of Way costs mo more than $7 million per km, and a twinned railway line has a greater capacity than a 4-lane highway.
“The passenger rail travel system costs less than a quarter of the cost of building out equivalent capacity highways, and the initial passenger rail service can be established cost effectively on the existing rail infrastructure”, says Thomas Fryer, Chief Engineer of the project.
“Alberta Regional Rail ‘s Wild Rose Travel System provides substantial economic, environmental and social benefits, and it is a "shovel ready" project that can be implemented in a relatively short period of time.” confirms Vern Raincock, Director of Global Sourcing.
An integrated travel system offering residents and visitors within the Calgary to Edmonton corridor, links to Local Transit and Alberta’s international airports via an affordable regional rail network. The scenery is superb en route and the regional rail network stops at communities that offer cool attractions, entertainment, and hospitality options.
PO Box 70065 Creekside RPO, Airdrie, AB, T4B 0V9