NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association urge the Provincial Government to take the lead in developing integrated strategies, policies and funding frameworks to support the development of a high-speed rail link.
WHEREAS there is increasing use and safety pressures on our highways and an increasing public desire for an alternative transportation system that is efficient and cost-effective;
WHEREAS High Speed Rail as discussed in the 2009 FCM Report, Sustainable Community Planning in Canada: Status & Best Practices has been identified as a feature of Sustainable Community Planning;
WHEREAS there have now been plans and proposals put forward with respect to high speed linkages between:
Vancouver – Seattle
Edmonton – Red Deer – Calgary
Windsor to Quebec via London, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal;
WHEREAS the province and private industry have conducted multiple studies that indicate high speed rail is economically viable;
WHEREAS High Speed Rail is an alternative transpiration method that is sustainable and supports environmental stewardship;
WHEREAS High Speed Rail has been shown to provide a source of economic development and diversity;
WHEREAS municipalities in Alberta are increasingly caught in a financial vice as other orders of government are transferring greater responsibilities in areas such as regional transpiration systems without accompanying financial transfers; and
WHEREAS provincial government holds back funding for municipal transpiration while actively funding highway expansion that is not supporting municipalities’ planning goals.
Nov 27, 2011 - Transportation
On July 6, 2009, Alberta Transportation released a market demand assessment study that estimated prospective ridership and revenues of four high-speed rail technologies if implemented in the Calgary - Edmonton Corridor. The study can be found on Alberta Transportations website at: ttp://www.transportation.alberta.ca/3940.htm . The study indicated all technologies could cover their operating and maintenance costs and some technologies could cover portions of their capital costs.
There was a strong preference for 320 kilometer per hour and 500 kilometer per hour service. The next step would be a corridor analysis to determine the best potential route for the train. Any corridor study will involve public consultations.
Oct 3, 2012 - Transportation
At this time, the Alberta government continues to assess options on next steps regarding high-speed rail. No decision has been made regarding the implementation of high-speed rail in Alberta. If it is decided that a corridor analysis will be undertaken, Alberta Transportation will ensure that AUMA is kept informed.
AUMA accepts this response.