The Calgary-Banff Rail project, a new, 150-kilometre sustainable passenger rail service along a dedicated line built within the existing CP Rail corridor might soon become a reality.
Invest Alberta, Alberta Transportation and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to continue to advance the project. The initial feasibility study was carried out over the past year.
If completed, the service could have up to ten departures per day from the airport to Banff and the capability of running an express service from Calgary International Airport to downtown Calgary every 15 minutes.
The plan also includes seven stops – Calgary International Airport, downtown Calgary, Calgary Keith, Cochrane, Morley (Stoney Nakoda), Canmore and Banff.
If approved, the project would create an innovative, environmentally friendly public transit option and help the Town of Banff become more pedestrian-friendly and support the Banff National Park Net Zero 2035 Initiative.
Dedicated rail service will also boost tourism, create more jobs in Calgary Area and communities along the line would also benefit from more convenient and efficient travel from the airport and nearby communities.