Discussion of Canadian Passenger Rail Services such as AMT (Montreal), Go Transit (Toronto), VIA Rail, and other Canadian Railways and Transit

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  by Pensyfan19
 
This sounds pretty interesting.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/alberta-to-e ... -1.4976795
CALGARY -- The feasibility of a new passenger rail service between Calgary and Banff will be explored after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Alberta government and Canada Infrastructure Bank.

The service would run between Calgary International Airport and the Town of Banff, with potential for stops in between.

β€œThe CIB brings expertise and experience that is needed for a project of this scale," said Transportation Minister Ric McIver in a release.
  by Westernstar1
 
I hope that we will eventually see a Banff to Calgary passenger train. The last one was in 1990, before then VIA abandoned the CP route in favor of the CN route through Jasper and Edmonton.

It's too bad the Rocky Mountaineer terminates in Banff and no longer goes on to Calgary. Does anyone know why the RM abandoned the Calgary terminus?

Richard
  by Mollie
 
Not sure why Rocky Mountaineer dropped Calgary - I suspect it was a combination of having their own station in Banff and low patronage?

It'd be great to see a Banff - Calgary - Edmonton corridor which would then also connect to VIA - maybe one train day continuing to Jasper?
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
There is discussion at another site that Rocky Mountaineer is encountering financial issues - COVID notwithstanding.

Besides, as I recall from my one ride June '65 on The Canadian, the scenery is largely West of Banff, and that is what RM's well heeled clientele "pay through the nose" to see - and not the prairie.

This decision could be part of releasing equipment for their proposed Denver-Moab excursion being discussed at the Amtrak Forum.
  by NS VIA FAN
 
Banff National Park has over 4 million visitors a year so the idea of a train between Calgary and Banff is to help relieve the congestion on the Trans Canada Highway that can become a parking lot on summer weekends
  by electricron
 
NS VIA FAN wrote: ↑Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:25 pm Banff National Park has over 4 million visitors a year so the idea of a train between Calgary and Banff is to help relieve the congestion on the Trans Canada Highway that can become a parking lot on summer weekends
4 million visitors per year is a whole lot of parking spots.
If dispersed evenly throughout the year; 4000000/365 = 10,959 visitors
If dispersed only on weekends; 4000000/104 = 38,462 visitors
So lets assume the real data point is between those two extremes.
It is difficult for me to imagine a baseball or football stadium of visitors within the park on any day unless most just drive through - or just spend a few hours in the park before moving on to their next destination.
I wonder how many of them actually camp or book a hotel room overnight?