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City committee looks to silence train whistles at southwest Calgary rail crossing – Calgary
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City committee looks to silence train whistles at southwest Calgary rail crossing – Calgary

Early morning train whistles in southwest Calgary have prompted city officials to explore a whistle cessation after several complaints in the area. Calgary’s community development committee heard Thursday that the CP Rail crossing at 210 Ave. S.W. sees about five trains per day.When those trains roll through, they sound off a whistle that lasts about 20 seconds.City officials told committee those whistles resulted in complaints to the city from some of the newer communities in the area like Walden, Legacy, Pine Creek and Belmont.It’s unclear how many complaints the city received.According to the city, the crossing was realigned last year and a new, at-grade crossing was built along with bells and traffic arms.“As a result, the need for whistling from the trains to indicate their a...
City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary
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City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary

The decision to move forward with a proposal to purchase up to 259 electric buses will be in the hands of Calgary city council after a committee gave the plan its endorsement. The city’s executive committee got a presentation on the $491 million plan to purchase the buses on Tuesday before voting unanimously to bring the proposal to city council as a whole.According to city officials, the proposal relies on a $168 million loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, and an additional $223 million in grants. The City of Calgary would need to put $100 million towards the proposal.“This is really good news,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek told reporters. “For every dollar we’re putting in, we appear to be receiving four dollars back.”Funds to cover the purchase of 259 zero-emission 40-foot buses wo...
Funding to improve Calgary firefighter response not expected until 2025, document reveals – Calgary
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Funding to improve Calgary firefighter response not expected until 2025, document reveals – Calgary

Calgary firefighters are disappointed in the city’s outlook of the fire department’s funding in its upcoming four-year budget, Global News has learned. The new information comes after fire Chief Steve Dongworth addressed city councillors earlier this summer with several funding options to help bolster firefighting resources and response times.The total cost of the funding options came to $52 million in operating funds and $51 million in capital funds with the addition of 315 firefighters over the next four years. Read more: ‘It’s not sustainable’: Calgary firefighters look at funding boost to help improve response times Preliminary budget figures obtained by Global News indicate the fire department’s request for that money in the upcoming four-year budget...