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Airport Transit Study – Green Line to Blue Line Connector

 
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Project Update - September 28, 2018

Through the Phase 1 engagement activities, the Airport Transit Study team sought input from Calgarians on:

  • Study goals
  • Considerations for determining:
    • The alignment of an airport transit connection between the future Green Line and the airport
    • Transit technology
    • Station locations
  • Concerns and opportunities related to a future airport transit connection

The Public Open Houses will provide an opportunity for Calgarians to learn about the study, provide their input and talk to the project team.

Phase 1 has now concluded and the What We Heard report is available​. If you were unable to attend the events, the display boards are now available to view​.

Phase 2 engagement will begin in late 2018. Please check back for details.

 

Project Overview

A future transit connection will ultimately provide improved transit access to the Calgary International Airport by connecting the future Green Line LRT with the future Blue Line LRT. The Airport Transit Study will review technical requirements and provide preliminary estimates of capital and operating costs, land requirements, infrastructure requirements and community impacts.

The study will include recommendations for:

  • The alignment, as well as number and location of stations between the future 96 Avenue N.E. Green Line station and 19 Street N.E.
  • A transit technology (examples include high-floor LRT, low-floor LRT and automated people mover)
  • Locations for a storage and maintenance facility
  • Land requirements
  • A staging plan and cost estimates

There is currently no funding for the detailed design or construction of this connection.

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Project Background

An airport transit connection is identified in the Calgary Transportation Plan as part of the Primary Transit Network. There are two Council-approved functional plans that form the foundation for this project:

In 2017, The City of Calgary and The Calgary International Airport completed a Review and Update of the 2012 Airport Trail Functional Planning Study, which was approved by Council on April 10, 2017.

Some preliminary technical work has been undertaken on the project which has resulted in possible concepts. These will be evaluated, along with any others developed through the engagement process, with stakeholders and the public.

What has been decided

The alignment of the connection from 19 Street N.E. to the eastern boundary of the study area (Blue Line LRT), and the connection to the airport terminal, has already been set to align with the approved functional planning studies and the location of the Airport Trail tunnel.

Engagement opportunities

The City is seeking input from stakeholders and the public on:

  • Study goals
  • Considerations for determining:
    • The alignment of an airport transit connection between the future Green Line and the airport
    • Transit technology
    • Station locations
  • Concerns and opportunities related to a future airport transit connection
  • Evaluation of concepts

Project timeline

  • Phase 1 - Goals, Issues and Opportunities (summer - fall 2018)
  • Phase 2 - Concept Evaluation and Recommendation (late fall 2018)
  • Phase 3 - Share Final Recommendations (early 2019)
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