Calgary to lobby province for transit funding in S.E. - 660 CITYNEWS
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Calgary to lobby province for transit funding in S.E.

Now that it looks increasingly like the South Health Centre will be the location for the long-awaited cancer centre, the push is on at city hall to try and get the province to help build more transportation infrastructure in the area.

A big part of that would be expanding rapid bus service to connect Douglasdale and Seton until the Green Line can be completed.

It all depends on whether or not there’s a tunnel or an overpass, as well as some other factors, but Councillor Shane Keating told city news to do it properly, the budget should be about $200-million.

There are a lot of factors at play which would affect the cost.

“The land is all assembled, there was a possibility of a tunnel at a certain point, if they revise that and go on surface that drops the cost dramatically,” he said.

Keating maintained even without the new cancer centre, new transportation infrastructure is needed.

“We can look at the future of the south east and see we have three employment centres that we’ll be building out in the next five to ten years, 30 to 40,000 desk jobs and we have the hospital which is 5,000 (jobs) without the addition of the cancer centre,” he said.

Keating explained his ward alone will soon have a population of 100,000 people, and the province needs to follow the city’s lead that this is a priority.

He explains City Hall has already designated $520-million for public transit.