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transit system

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transit system

Hello to everyone,

hoping to get few infos about bus system of Calgary. Im a germna girl coming to SE of Calgary (homestay) for half a year (working visa). Coming in March for working in any hotel. Im afraid of not having good connections to downtown etc. Does anyone know how transit system is like when living near douglasbank in SE? _how long does it take to get to downtown, how expensive how often does bus start? Is there a possibility to buy a cheap car? Tahnk a lot!!!

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1. Re: transit system

Hello bavariangirl,

Here is a web page that shows the route of Bus #92, the bus that serves Douglasdale:

calgarytransit.com/Routes/html/rte092.html

If you click on the map, you get links to two schedules. Select Time-Table Schedule.

You will see that buses come every half hour during rush hour. The bus takes half an hour to get to Anderson Station. From Anderson Station, you have to take a train downtown. Trains come about every 5 minutes during rush hour. The train takes about 20 minutes to get from Anderson Station to downtown.

If you count the time that it takes to walk from your house to the bus stop, to wait for the bus, to walk from the bus stop to the train platform at Anderson Station, and to walk from the train station to your job downtown, I'm guessing the entire trip could take about 80 minutes. That's in rush hour.

If you want to look up the train timetable, here it is:

calgarytransit.com/TABLES/rte201_frame.html

You'd need to catch the northbound train, that is, the one that goes from Somerset in the south to Dalhousie in the north. If you were connecting from the Douglasdale bus, you'd board the train at Anderson Station and, depending on where your job was located in the downtown core, you might disembark at Olympic Plaza Station (1st Street SE), 1st Street SW, 4th Street SW or 7th Street SW. (All downtown stops are along 7th Avenue.)

You can view a map of the train line if you go to the link near the top left hand corner of the screen and click on the words, "VIEW MAP." On that map you can see the words "CITY HALL," which show you where the east end of the downtown core it.

Bus and train services generally are less frequent during off peak hours than they are during rush hour.

Douglasdale also has an express bus that goes straight from Douglasdale to the downtown core.

Here is a web page that shows that bus's route:

calgarytransit.com/Routes/html/rte102.html

Again if you click on the map you can get to the Time-Table Schedule. You will see that there are 4 northbound buses during morning rush hour and 4 southbound buses during afternoon rush hour. The trip on the express bus takes 48 minutes.

A monthly transit pass costs C$70.00.

Yes, it's possible to buy a cheap car. Even if you bought a cheap car, however, gasoline and insurance would cost a fair amount of money. In addition to that, if you worked in the downtown core and your employer did not provide free parking, that would be a considerable expense. On the other hand, if you worked outside of the downtown core, parking almost certainly would be free.

If you bought a car, you could of course sell it when you left Canada.

If you have a German driver's licence, you can exchange it for an Alberta driver's licence, provided you take a vision test and pay a fee. The details are on this web page:

…gov.ab.ca/gs/…NonAltaOperatorLicence

Hope that helps.