14: SW BRT 101 (Why expanded transit is so controversial in southwest Calgary)
When city council debated a pair of dedicated bus lanes proposed for southwest Calgary this week, it wasn’t the first time — and it likely won’t be the last. Despite getting the green light from council in 2011, controversy over the southwest bus rapid transit (BRT) project continues to rear its head. “It seems that every six months to a year, we’re going through the southwest BRT,” said Ward 14 Coun. Peter Demong during the latest debate. On this episode, host Annalise Klingbeil and producer Kerianne Sproule dive deep into the history of the proposed 22-kilometre route. From a 2010 city brochure that landed in southwest mailboxes to the latest council vote, we explore the ongoing drama surrounding expanded transit service — drama that’s unusual, even for Calgary. Think of it as a crash course in the saga that has become the southwest BRT. As always, your feedback, advice, ideas, shares and iTunes and Facebook reviews are appreciated.