Transportation Master Plan - Connecting Airdrie

The Airdrie Transportation Master Plan (TMP) - Connecting Airdrie provides the direction for transportation planning to enhance Airdrie’ s quality of life and economic vitality through the provision of a transportation system that offers balanced choice. A well-connected and accessible transportation system is critical to our quality of life and to build stronger communities.

Airdrie’s aspirational vision is “to develop an integrated, cost-effective, reliable multi-modal transportation system that connects people and places while managing present and future travel demands.”

The vision is intended to guide the development of a transportation system that offers choice, reliability and effectiveness. The plan has developed general Complete Streets guidelines that provide a more flexible collection of street classifications.

The active transportation recommendations and improvements coincide with Complete Streets principles. Active transportation is human powered. Walking and cycling are typical, but it may also include modes such as rollerblading, skateboarding, cross-country skiing and parents with strollers, among others. Walkability is a key factor for residential location choice.


Plan Objectives

The plan made recommendations for transit:

  • A focus on the ICE core Airdrie to Downtown Calgary service with more direct routing.
  • Restructuring local service routes to be more direct, with a higher weekday frequency and improved neighbourhood bus stop accessibility.

The Existing Truck and Dangerous Goods Route was reviewed and the following recommendations were established:

  • That industrial areas are adequately served in terms of truck and dangerous goods access.
  • The City of Airdrie update their by-law to define a truck or heavy truck in more detail by assigning a weight limit.
  • The City of Airdrie monitor the Province’s High Load Corridor map to see if or when the proposed Highway 567 corridor becomes formalized.

Airdrie reviewed the existing Airdrie Noise Policy and compared to peer cities in Alberta. The policy is extensive in scope and appropriately recognizes the requirement to mitigate noise in outdoor amenity space. However, further recommendations include:

  • Orienting dwellings so that front yards face the street and the building itself provides backyard noise attenuation.
  • Less reliance on noise walls that pose barriers to neighbourhood connectivity.

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