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Council discusses capital projects spending, warns of delays

Last Updated Jan 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm MDT

FILE PHOTO: A CAlgary CTrain pulls out of a downtown station. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There could be delays to infrastructure projects in Calgary as a result of provincial budget decisions made last year.

City councillors are continuing with discussions this week as they face a $73-million shortfall from the Municipality Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

“Citizens are actually going to see the results of the UCP government reneging on its commitment to hold on to the fiscal framework,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“We had already taken a huge cut in our capital grants under the NDP government. And in the spring, the UCP candidates said that they would hold on to the NDP framework.”

The city says this lost funding could affect many projects including roads, bridges, and recreation facilities–transit being one of the hardest-hit areas according to Nenshi.

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“Those old [CTrain] cars are going to have to give us even more miles. Or, if they actually have to be pulled out of service because they just don’t work anymore, it means there will be three-car trains where there were four-car trains. There’s no way around that.”

Administration had warned this will result in slower replacement for LRT cars.

The city adds this will also contribute to a growing infrastructure gap, which it says amounts to close to $6 billion as of 2017.

Public feedback is also being accepted until next week.

-with files from Tom Ross