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Blue Line (Northeast) LRT Extension Preliminary Design Study

Project update

The study is in early stages of planning; Geotechnical investigation work was completed in May 2017 and Noise assessment field w​ork will commence on June 26 (weather permitting) and is scheduled to be completed in July 2017.

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Project Overview

In preparation for potential funding to proceed with detailed design and construction of the Blue Line (northeast) LRT, The City of Calgary is planning an extension to 128 Avenue N.E. This extension is approximately 5 km long and will provide local and regional accessibility to those living and working within the surrounding communities.

The Blue Line LRT Preliminary Design Study includes the design of new LRT tracks, pedestrian and cycling connections and three new stations at 88 Avenue N.E., Country Hills Boulevard and 128 Avenue N.E. The study will result in a preliminary design that defines the land requirements, impacts, risks, cost estimates and construction phasing to implement the LRT extension to 128 Avenue N.E.

The Blue Line LRT extension is not funded in the Investing in Mobility 2015 – 2024 Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan.

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88 Avenue N.E. Station

  • A street-level station north of 88 Avenue N.E. with a connection over the future Airport Trail, west of the 60 Street N.E. interchange
  • A Park and Ride facility
  • A Bus terminal facility

Country Hills Boulevard and 60 Street N.E.

  • A below-grade station
  • A Park and Ride facility
  • An on-street bus terminal facility

128 Avenue / Redstone Street N.E.

  • A street-level station east of Redstone Street N.E.
  • A Park and Ride facility
  • A Bus terminal facility

The pre-design will also include a flyover bridge to take the LRT over Airport Trail at 60 Street N.E. and an LRT crossing under 128 Avenue N.E., west of 60 Street N.E.

Project Background

A functional planning study for the Northeast LRT extension (Blue Line) was approved by Council in July 2013 as part of an amendment to the NE Regional Policy Plan. The functional plan included four station areas at 88 Avenue N.E., Country Hills Boulevard N.E., 128 Avenue N.E. and Stoney Trail N.E., and determined the alignment, station locations and multi-modal connections to each station. The Stoney Trail N.E. station is not part of this pre-design study. No environmental risks or historical resources were identified.

Engagement for the functional plan primarily consisted of meetings with internal stakeholders, landowners (developers) and the Calgary Airport Authority (YYC).

In April of 2012, the functional plan was included in a northeast area open house at the Genesis Centre, along with 96 Avenue N.E. (Airport Trail) Functional Study, NE Transportation Network Study and the Airport Tunnel Progress Report.

What's already been decided:

  • Route alignment
  • Station location
  • Bus parking and access

What you can weigh in on:

  • Park and ride layouts including:
    • Plaza design/shape
    • Parking configuration
    • Amenities (shelters, bike lockers, landscaping)
  • Connectivity and access to stations for all travel modes (people walking, cycling and vehicle access)
  • Other issues or opportunities that should be considered while developing concepts
  • Preferred methods of communication and participation

Project Timeline

Phase 1 – Project introduction, issues and opportunities (May 2017)
Phase 2 – Concept evaluation (November 2017)
Phase 3 – Recommendations (March 2018)

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