In 2016, the Town of Banff partnered with the Town of Canmore, Town of Cochrane, City of Calgary, and Improvement District 9 (Lake Louise) to apply for an Alberta Community Partnership Grant to study the feasibility of re-establishing a mass transit service between the partner communities. A grant of $350,000 was awarded to proceed with this study. This feasibility study was commissioned because the participating communities have shared goals to reduce the number of private vehicles travelling between Calgary and Banff National Park, and increase options for mass transit connecting the communities. Mass transit by passenger rail or bus coach has long been identified as a potential solution to reduce congestion caused at certain times by low-occupant personal vehicles in the Bow Valley corridor and in Banff National Park.
The report provided an overview on all key areas involved in implementing a rail or bus service including:
- Assessment of existing and addition infrastructure required to support a rail or bus service
- High- level operations plan for both the rail and bus service
- High-level implementation plan and schedule, identifying key next steps
- Forecasts for ridership under various operating scenarios
- Development of feasibility level estimates for the capital costs, potential revenue, and operating costs for a potential service
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