MLA wants Deerfoot study accelerated
Says solutions needed for Calgary commuters
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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.”