Posts Tagged ‘transit’

Car Less in Calgary: Day 7, the Final Stretch

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 7

Today is a great day. It’s the final day of my car less week, I only have 1 thing on my schedule. Head on over to Stir Crazy in the NE (right by Sunridge Mall) for my newphew’s birthday party, then head home. Quite the simple trip that would take 25 mins by car, and over 1 hour by transit. I checked the schedules to gauge an approximate arrival time, and my options were to arrive 30 mins early or right on time. I choose to be early instead, because as I’ve learned over this week, you’re more often late than early.

I stood at the 299 bus stop with a smile knowing that this would be my last time at this stop. It’s been a rough week for me, I’m very detailed in my time management, and transit has basically dropped my productivity to an all-time low. In the last 6 days, I’ve “lost” a staggering 11 and a half hours by using transit instead of a car. I don’t even want to think what the opportunity costs would be if I did this on a regular basis.

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West LRT Line Revenue Service begins Monday

Today, Alberta Premier Alison Redford along with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Transportation Minister and former Calgary Alderman Ric McIver were on hand for the opening celebrations of the West LRT line. Speeches by all three of them were full of thank-yous for everyone involved. A big round of applause rang through the Ernest Manning High School gymnasium when former Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier was thanked for having the vision and dream for the West LRT line and for spearheading the project.

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Car Less in Calgary: Day 6, Christmas Tree Shopping

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 6

I only had 2 commutes planned for today. I was going to go Christmas tree shopping at the Crowfoot YMCA, and hit up Northland Mall to do some Christmas shopping, birthday party shopping, and have some lunch. That has to fit in-between some morning work around the house, as well as some work from home at 4pm. I ran a little bit late with my house work, and couldn’t get out of the house until 11:30am.

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Car Less in Calgary: Day 5, Fixing the Mess

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 5

It’s the last work day of the car less challenge for me, and I’ve decided to take it easy. That was the plan for Monday, until I ended up having to go to Kincora, and took an epic Journey through the city to get home. So for today, I moved all my offsite plans to next week, or rescheduled them to meet at my office instead. All I had to do was go to work, and go home.

I wanted to start the week with this to see what it’s like for your typical 9-5 downtown worker living in the suburbs near a C-Train line. And as expected, my travel times were normal (40 mins to work, 44 mins and 20 seconds back home), and as I mentioned before, it’s a perfectly acceptable way to get to and from work if you don’t have to go anywhere else. It’s too bad I didn’t experience the extreme cold, or C-Train and bus breakdowns, because it would’ve been nice to write about that. So for today’s write-up, I’m going to pretend to be a Transit Expert, and theorize how to fix this mess.

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New Calgary Transit West LRT Line Opening Celebration Tomorrow

Calgary Transit is putting on a little celebration to mark the opening of the West LRT line tomorrow (Dec 8th). From 11am until 2pm there will be entertainment, activities and various events happening at each of the stations on the West LRT line as well as at Ernest Manning High School which is located at the terminus station by 69 Street and 17 Avenue SW. Go down and enjoy live music, magic shows, hot chocolate and light snacks. There will also be jugglers, living statues, face painters and glitter tattoos. Attendees are encouraged to bring down a non-perishable food donation for the Calgary Inter-faith Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at each station.

Hopefully this will make commuting without a car in Calgary easier :)

Details of the West LRT Opening Celebrations


Car Less in Calgary: Day 4, My Luck Runs Out

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 4

The ride to work today was no different than the other days. In fact, I think I made the best time today at 39 mins and 10 seconds. I’m starting to get used to going to work this way. I like to find pattern in things and figure out how things work, but I haven’t been able to make any correlation to why trains are sometimes full and sometimes not. It seems completely random if you get a seat in the morning, or if you get packed in with no room to move.

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Car Less in Calgary: Day 3, Crisis at the Office

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 3

Day 3 started off perfectly fine. After a good night sleep, Suzie and I headed off to work on the bus together. Suzie had to bring her famous Hungarian mushroom soup to the office for a lunch fundraiser, so we packed the ingredients in large Tupperware containers, stuffed them in bags and in my backpack, and made our way to the bus station carrying a full load. I’m not even going to start with my planned schedule for today, because it was turned completely upside down halfway through my trip.

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Car Less in Calgary: Day 2 of my Adventures

In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no carpooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 2

I’m exhausted. After yesterday’s epic 5.5 hours on the transit system, I’m hoping today will be easier. I was only able to squeeze in 4 hours of sleep last night getting home so late, and leaving earlier this morning. My schedule is pretty packed today, with a 10:00am meeting at the office, an offsite lunch meeting at 11:30am, and another meeting back at the office at 1:30pm. With all of the destinations easily accessible by C-Train plus a connector bus, it should be a whole lot better than the Kincora trips. I have to make it home by 6pm today to feed my dog, then head out to dinner. I started my day an hour early today because yesterday’s travel’s took away my time at the office, so I need to start earlier to get caught up on my work.

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Car Less in Calgary: Day 1 of the Car Free Challenge


In a car centric city like Calgary, I’ve decided to challenge myself, and raise some money for the Food Bank by ditching my car for a week, and try to get on with my hectic schedule by using only public transportation. That means no cars, no car pooling, no free rides with friends, no Car2Go, no taxi. 1 full week without a car cold turkey, for the biggest car guy on Beyond. Join me as I detail my daily progress going Car Less in Calgary in this one week daily special feature.

Day 1

Today should be an easy day, as my commuting schedule is pretty light. Mainly, I’ll be going into work downtown, then going home at 5pm. Simple. This gives me a chance to see how the busses around my house runs, and to get a feel for commute time, as I want to try my best to be on time for everything this week.

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