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<p>The daily commute for local transit users just got roomier and more efficient thanks to 15 of 40 new C-Train cars pressed into service yesterday.</p>

Higher-capacity C-Train cars to cut wait times



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Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier, Calgary Nose Hill MP Diane Ablonczy and Minister of Seniors and Community Support Greg Melchin exit one of the city’s new C-Train cars yesterday after the ceremonial first ride at the Stampede LRT station.





The daily commute for local transit users just got roomier and more efficient thanks to 15 of 40 new C-Train cars pressed into service yesterday.





Mayor Dave Bronconnier was aboard for the ceremonial ride from City Hall to Stampede Station, elated about what the 40 new cars costing about $158 million will mean for Calgary.





“Today is a very important day for Calgarians and for transit users. Calgary’s transit will move more seamlessly with less congestion and more opportunity to use transit. It’s about the quality of life for Calgarians, and it’s about being environmentally friendly,” the mayor said at yesterday’s ceremony.





The new cars will allow Calgary Transit to pack in 30 per cent more passengers during peak times. Once all 40 cars are added to the fleet, the wait times for peak travel during the day will be cut from five minutes to three.





“Three-minute service is phenomenal. We know a lot of people have issues with the capacity and frequency of transit and we are addressing those issues,” Bronconnier said.





The remaining cars will arrive in Calgary at a rate of two or three per month until they are all here by early next year.