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Calgary Transit waiting on council direction for late-night service

Edmonton is now running certain routes to 3 a.m.

Cut: Coun. Shane Keating.

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Cut: Coun. Shane Keating.

Calgary Transit has been going to bed early.

Since September, Edmonton has been running five of its transit routes until 3:00 a.m., but Calgarians may have some time to wait before extended service comes to the hour-strapped local service.

Ron Collins, spokesperson for Calgary Transit, said late-night transit hasn’t been in this budget or the previous one, and there’s not much they can do about it without council directive.

“There’s nothing new to report on our end, unfortunately” said Collins. “We’re looking for some direction from council.”

Coun. Shane Keating with the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit said he’d be interested in looking into a report on the matter, but without much information didn’t have an opinion.

“I believe transit probably should be in certain areas that make it efficient as late as possible,” said Keating.

He said expanding service too much risks the council mandate to account for 50 to 55 per cent of operational costs through fares. He said he’d be interested to see what kind of possible scenarios there are for late night service in the city.

Last New Year’s Eve served as a pilot to see where service demand in the wee hours is. Calgary Transit offered trains and buses up until 3 a.m., but the idea went no further.

“I pushed for that on New Year’s Eve and other holidays I think we should be going much later.”

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