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Banff passenger train not a Calgary concern: councillor

Project should be supported, but not financially says Keating

The Town of Banff is looking for funding to study possible passenger rail service to the town.

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The Town of Banff is looking for funding to study possible passenger rail service to the town.

One Calgary councillor says its great that Banff is floating the idea of passenger rail service to the tourist mecca - just don’t ask Calgary to share in the cost.

Right now, Banff is seeking $350,000 from the province to conduct a feasibility study on the idea.

Diana Waltmann, manager of communications for the town of Banff, said traffic has become a problem and the town’s infrastructure isn’t built for the millions of cars that pass through each year.

They’ve been looking for ways to mitigate the problem

“One of the factors is how people get here,” she said. “Are there alternatives to where people get into the park?”

She said if the town did get the funding for a study, they would look at look at risks and costs of creating a passenger rail service from Calgary to Banff.

She said the service would have to use existing CP Rail lines. People arriving by train would have no problem walking around the town,” according to Waltmann.

“We want people to have a good time when they’re here, not sit in traffic,” she said.

Coun. Shane Keating said the idea absolutely should be explored. But if it comes time to create it, he doesn’t see the city putting any money into it.

“The thing is, it wouldn’t affect Calgary a ton other than having an easier way to help people get to Banff,” he said.

Keating is firmly focused on another rail project – the Green Line.

“We have way too many other transportation needs,” he said. “That would be for different municipalities and different orders of government.”

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