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MLA wants Deerfoot study accelerated

Says solutions needed for Calgary commuters

What can the province do to lower congestion on the Deerfoot? Calgary MLA Richard Gotfried wants Alberta to research options - and quickly.

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What can the province do to lower congestion on the Deerfoot? Calgary MLA Richard Gotfried wants Alberta to research options - and quickly.

Carpool lanes, additional lanes and more merger lanes.

Those are just some of the ideas being tossed about to reduce congestion on the Deerfoot Trail.

Now Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried wants to speed up the study that could bring solutions to commuters on Calgary’s busiest thoroughfare.

He has a motion going before the provincial legislature that calls for a traffic congestion reduction strategy that would see peak time traffic reduced by at least five per cent each year for three years.

He said there's already a Deerfoot study that's about to begin, but he feels it lacks a solid timeline or benchmarks.
 
“I don’t think we have the time,” said Gotfried. Obviously we want a robust and complete study but I think there are ways we can put resources towards it so it can be completed in a timely manner.”

Calgary Coun. Shane Keating said the study is funded over three years, but that’s simply because of the funding guidelines. He thinks it could be completed in a year.

“All they have to do is say they’ll fund the study and it’s done,” said Keating. “The cost wouldn’t be much. It's a drop in the bucket in terms of the budget.”

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