Competing rallies meet at Calgary City Hall
A pair of rallies, organized by opposing sides in the southwest transitway debate, demonstrated on the steps of Calgary City Hall on Wednesday.
Ready to Engage held a rally against the proposed development of the southwest bus rapid transitway, a network aimed at improving transit service between Mount Royal University and Rockyview General Hospital.
The group says residents weren’t given enough public consultation and the project lacks a lot of planning.
Another group, named I Love YYC Transit, is in support of the plan and also rallied in front of City Hall right around the same time.
"Our feeling has been I think there has been a bit of a silent majority in the city of just everyday Calgarians who take the bus everyday to go to work and they're just too busy to get down and go to council and speak with their councillors and speak for themselves," said Jennifer Burgess, a representative of the group in support of the proposal. "I think those people need to have a voice."
Security at the site was increased, inside and out because of the controversy surrounding the issue.
Early in the process, city officials cancelled public information sessions because of an alleged risk to the safety of city employees who were tasked with answering questions.
Calgary police, upon completion of their investigation, said that no assaults took place.
Meanwhile, a city committee is continuing to review the transitway plan.