Jan will champion a train connecting the airport, downtown and Banff, putting Calgary on the map as a top global destination for convention and leisure travel.
Calgary is full of potential. The expanded BMO Centre will be the largest convention centre in western Canada when it opens in 2024. Jan has already announced plans to jump-start our local restaurants, bars, live entertainment, and tourist industries. We have the pieces. We just need something connecting them together that can put Calgary on the map as a top global destination to live, learn, work, and play.
An Airport-Downtown-Banff Rail Link will be that connector. We can combine the city and the mountains into a seamless experience, accessible straight from the airport.
Calgarians will be able to easily travel to the mountains for a day of skiing or hiking without struggling over traffic and parking. Convention and conference planners can increase attendance by packaging experiences with visits to Banff for an afternoon or evening. Commuters working in downtown Calgary but living in nearby towns such as Canmore and Cochrane can easily commute into the city. Those living in nearby towns can get into the heart of downtown Calgary to shop, explore, cycle by the river, and eat at one of our many thriving local cafes or restaurants.
Jan will invest $100 million in the rail project funded by the Calgary Opportunity District. This investment will improve the business case and ensure the project moves forward. The investment will lead to a large increase in tourism spending in Calgary, of at least $830 million a year according to Calgary Economic Development.
Jan has a plan to move full steam ahead to connect the airport, downtown, and Banff. This is part of Jan’s plan to make Calgary a top global destination to live, work, learn and play.
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