Leong: Strong business case to forge ahead with Green Line
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And despite the many benefits of working from home, there is growing anecdotal evidence of downsides for employees — namely the difficulty in separating private life from professional life and the inability to fully switch off.
We won’t be stuck at home forever.
As for the economic situation in the core, don’t be misled by Calgary’s office building vacancy statistics.
The number of empty office spaces remains alarmingly high, but a great deal of those spaces are caused by new skyscrapers that have never been occupied — the result of jobs yet to be created.
You might have been led to believe downtown Calgary is devoid of human activity.
Although it is definitely quieter than it typically is, even now, there are people on transit going downtown or to neighbourhoods nearby.
Some bus and CTrain departures are busy enough to be standing-room-only at times.
This leads me to my next point: people don’t use transit only to get to work — and their destination isn’t necessarily downtown.
This is important in the context of the Green Line, with Stage 1 derided by some as a “train to nowhere.”
Unlike every other mode of transportation, the end-points of transit lines are less noteworthy than places in between and destinations beyond its immediate reach.
There are thousands of office and industrial jobs adjacent to the Green Line outside of the core, near planned stations including 16 Ave., Quarry Park and Highfield.
There are residential, retail, cultural and recreational destinations at or near other stops along the route, including in the city centre.