With construction expected to start in summer 2012 on the substation for the NW LRT Extension to Tuscany, residents living close to the substation have attended an information session to discuss the exact plans for the project. An electrical substation is set to be constructed next to Arbour Meadows Close in the Transportation Utility Corridor. This substation will be powering the CTrain line.
The substation will be built to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood while a continuity will be maintained with the design of the Tuscany Station.
All measures will be put into place for top security and safety with the substation. It will be fenced and gated and maintenance vehicles will only be using Arbour Lake Road approximately once monthly for scheduled maintenance. It is expected that construction traffic will continue until 2014, which is the expected time of completion.
The safety of Calgary Transit
According to Calgary Transit's Brian Whitelaw, it's important to understand just how safe Calgary transit is and realize that any crimes that do occur quickly capture the media headlines. This, in turn, influences the residents of Calgary as to their perceived safety on the transitways.
In most cases any disorder or crime occurring along the transit lines usually happen at the station and are quite rare. As well, most assaults are generated between individuals that already know each other.
Most crimes that take place in a vehicle can be viewed as opportunity crimes where the thief steals something that has been left in plain view. Calgary transit has been able to reduce this vehicle crime significantly. In 2007 there were 807 incidents reported while in 2010 only 140 estimated reports were given. This is an 83% reduction of vehicle crime within a three-year period.
Whitelaw also states that this NW extension is the safest line and will remain so. Calgary Transit wants to make sure that the safety perception of customers is addressed so that a thriving system can continue, which in itself helps to prevent disorder and crime.
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