Fonds ccg-2109 - Transportation Department fonds

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97.67 m of textual records and other material

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The Transportation Department of the City of Calgary was formed in 1972. Its purpose is "to ensure that the city of Calgary has a transportation system that meets the needs of Calgarians in an efficient and safe manner through careful planning for all transportation modes, effective operation of the current street system through appropriate traffic control, and provision of a safe, effective and efficient transit service.";Since its creation, the Department's activities have centred around three basic functions: Transportation planning, traffic operations, and Calgary Transit. Transportation planning involves planning the City's transportation system for all modes of travel, including walking, cycling, private vehicles, and public transit. The traffic operations function of the Department is concerned with managing the City's street system, including control of traffic and on-street parking; installation of signs, signals, and road markings; and control of temporary street closures. Calgary Transit is concerned with operating and promoting the City's public transportation system. The transportation planning and traffic operations functions were originally part of the Engineering Department. Transportation planning was handled by the Town Planning Engineer, and traffic operations were the responsibility of the Streets and Roads Division of the Department. In 1951 a Traffic Engineer joined the Department. He assumed responsibility for both functions, and by the following year the new Traffic Division was in operation. In 1958 Traffic Engineering became a separate department. In 1960 the function of transportation planning was transferred to the Planning Department. In 1963 Traffic Engineering again became a division of the Engineering Department. By 1969 the Traffic Engineering Division had taken on increased responsibility for transportation planning. In that year it was split into the Traffic Operations Division and the Transportation Study Section (later known as the Transportation Planning and Long Range Design Section) of the Streets Construction Division. These two units became the Traffic Operations and Transportation Planning divisions of the Transportation Department when it was formed in 1972. Calgary Transit went into operation on July 5, 1909 as the Calgary Electric Railway. In 1910 its name was unofficially changed to Calgary Municipal Railway. In 1946, when the decision was made to phase out streetcars, it became the Calgary Transit System. In 1970 its name was changed to Calgary Transit. In 1972, when Calgary Transit became part of the new Transportation Department, it consisted of three divisions: Operations (consisting of transit operators and their supervisors), Maintenance, and Passenger Services. The divisions reported to the General Manager of Calgary Transit, who reported to the Director of the Transportation Department. In 1977 the three divisions became sections and Calgary Transit became a division of the Department. Around 1977 the Light Rail Transit Division (later called the LRT Construction Division) was established. It was merged into the new Engineering and Maintenance Section of Calgary Transit in 1990. In 1978 the Accident Prevention, Safety, and Security Division was established. Around 1981 it became the Protective Services Division, and in 1990 it became part of the Administrative Services Section of Calgary Transit. The Marketing and Community Relations Division was created in 1988, replacing the former Passenger Services section of Calgary Transit. It again became a section of Calgary Transit in 1990. The Department's Finance and Administration Division was established at the time of the formation of the Department in 1972. It was renamed Finance and Accounting in 1989. The Management Information Systems Division was created in 1987 to provide support to the Department's data processing systems. It became part of the Director's Office in 1990. In 1991 the GoPlan, a comprehensive long-range study project with a status equivalent to a division, was initiated. Reporting to the Director of the Department, it was scheduled to function for five years.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, mechanical drawings, maps, and photographs. This inventory describes the records of the Director's Office and the Traffic Operations Division, It also includes the records generated by the traffic operations function while it was part of the Engineering Department, and the earlier records of the Traffic Engineering Department and the Traffic Division of the Engineering Department. These records document the activities of the divisions of the Department other than Calgary Transit and divisions functionally related to it, For records of Calgary Transit, LRT Construction Division, the Protective Services Division, and the Marketing and Community Relations Division, see the "Inventory to the Records of Calgary Transit". Series I: Consists of the Annual Reports of the Department and its predecessors. Series II: Consists of the correspondence for the Director of the Department, not yet processed. Series III: Consists of the correspondence of the Manager of the Traffic Operations Division, which was previously part of the Engineering Department, and prior ro that was the Traffic Engineering Department. These records date from 1956 to 1969. Series IV: Consists of the correspondence of the Manager of the Traffic Operations Division from 1970 on, not yet processed. Series V: Consists of files on inquests into fatal accidents which occurred on Calgary streets, 1964-1974. Series VI: Consists of files on Calgary's traffic signal installations, originating from the Signals Section of the Traffic Operations Division. Series VII: Contains various reports produced by the staff of the Traffic Engineer, 1956-1966. Series VIII: Consists of photographs used to document traffic operations, ca. 1960-1972.

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Fonds also includes 563 photographs, technical drawings and plans.

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Records were transferred either directly from the Transportation Department or from the Civic Records Centre in several separate records transfers.


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  • The material is in English.

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A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary, Corporate Records, Archives.

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The Archives may have reference material which may be associated with the fonds. All textual records are housed in closed storage. To view records please contact the Archives.<br><br>Record No. A82-1; A82-2; A82-4; CR90-048; CR91-021; CR91-005; CR91-016; A82-3; CR91-018; CR91-021; CR91-037; CR92-030; CR92-040; CR92-041; CR93-021;CR93-022; CR93-029; CR93-030; CR93-053; CR93-054; CR93-055;CR93-022; CR93-029; CR93-030; CR93-053; CR93-054; CR93-055; CR93-056; CR93-062; CR93-071; CR93-076; CR93-084; CR93-086; G82-02; NR90-008; NR90-016; NR93-005; NR93-015; S85-22; 87-025; 87-047; 88-065; 88-084; 88-085; 88-122; 94-030; 94-031; 94-055; 94-058; 94-063; 07-004; 2000-002; 2001-037<br><br>

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