At year 2009, the Calgary LRT system consists of three LRT corridors with a common downtown core. The LRT corridors match the quadrants into which the City is divided, and are the South, Northwest, and Northeast. The downtown section is 2 km long, along 7th Avenue, a Transit Mall. The Northwest line extends 15.0 km from the east end of the downtown core to Crowfoot Station, the current end-of-line station in the Northwest quadrant. The Northeast line extends 12.8 km from the east end of the downtown core to McKnight-Westwinds Station, the current end-of-line station in the Northeast quadrant. The South line extends 17.5 km from the east end of the downtown core to Sommerset-Bridlewood Station, the current end-of-line station. Approximately 13.5 km of the south line is on shared right-of-way with CP Rail. The system is operated with a fleet of 157 vehicles and carries about 270,000 passengers per week-day. The LRT System has become an integral part of the life of Calgarians and the vibrant downtown business area could not exist without it.
As Calgary continues to grow, the LRT system has become more and more vital to its citizens. The wisdom and experience of those who have been involved in the operation of the LRT system over the years has been gathered and incorporated in this latest revised Design Guideline.