Problems arise in proposed route to NAIT
The city’s plans to extend light-rail transit northwards to the NAIT campus have run into a number of road blocks, according to a report released yesterday.
Transportation officials were planning on building an LRT station on the northern tip of Kingsway Garden Mall, but the mall has "objected" to placing the station and a bus centre on their property, the city report states.
Calls for further comment from a mall spokesperson were not immediately returned yesterday.
This isn’t the first time that a shopping mall has created an impasse for the LRT’s expansion. The city scrapped plans to build a park-and-ride station at Southgate Mall in 2006 after negotiations fell through with the building’s owners.
The proposed LRT route from Churchill Square — emerging above-ground north of city hall and heading towards NAIT — will be discussed by council next week.
No future park-and-ride stations are being considered on the NAIT route, the report states, because there’s no land available, even near the city centre airport.
Further problems on the proposed route include figuring out the right-of-way between motorists and trains at 111 Ave. and Kingsway, and the loss of roadway capacity along 105 St. since the train will take up a lane while travelling northwards.
The plan also requires a number of residential and commercial properties to be acquired by the city but residents are largely supportive of the annexations, according to consultations the city held with affected groups.