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Green Line - Industry Information


Industry information

Current Status - July 2017

On June 26, 2017 City Council approved the recommended 46 kilometre Green Line LRT alignment and station locations, as well as the first stage of construction. This is a major milestone for the project, and ensures that the long-term vision for the Green Line can be implemented over time, as funding becomes available.

Funding Status

Funding for the Green Line has now been announced from all three levels of government.

Enabling Works: On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta announced funding that will bring The City of Calgary one step closer to beginning construction of the new Green Line LRT. The funding, which comes from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and the provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP), will provide transit infrastructure funding to more than 25 municipalities across Alberta. In Calgary, the funds will help prepare the Green Line right-of-way for construction with items such as utility relocations and land acquisition, environmental remediation and transit improvements.

Federal Government: on July 24, 2015 the Government of Canada announced $1.53 billion in funding for the Green Line LRT project.

Provincial Government: Funding discussions are ongoing with the Government of Alberta. The City applied for funding through the Province’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) on August 31, 2016. On July 6, 2017, the Government of Alberta announced up to $1.53 billion over 8 years to build stage 1 of the Green Line LRT program.

Municipal Government: In December 2015, The City committed $1.56 billion over 30 years, contingent on support from the Federal and Provincial governments.

Contracting Strategy

The Green Line LRT team is currently investigating different delivery methods, including public-private-partnership (P3) to more traditional methods such as design build.

A recommendation on the delivery method and resulting contracting strategy will be made in Q1 2018. Enabling works, and other City work apart from the main contract(s) are also being assessed along the way.

Public Involvement

Public engagement has been a key piece in planning the Green Line over the last two years. More than 10,000 participants have taken part in over 100 engagement events across the city and online. Engagement on the route alignment and station locations is now complete. Further public engagement will focus on the details of how the Green Line will function and integrate into communities and access and circulation in the station areas and neighbourhoods along the line.

Staging

The first stage of construction for Green Line LRT is recommended to extend from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue S.E. (Shepard). This will be the longest segment of LRT ever constructed at one time in Calgary’s history.

  • Stage 1 of construction for Green Line will be 20 km long and will include 14 stations, the Centre City tunnel, a LRV maintenance facility, and approximately 70 low floor LRT vehicles.
  • Similar to how the Red and Blue Lines were constructed, the Green Line will begin by building the core first, positioning us well for future extensions as funding becomes available.
  • The anticipated investment of $4.65 billion for the first stage of construction ensures the most technically complex piece of the project is built first, while offering the best opportunities for expandability in the future.
  • Building the full tunnel in the Centre City is a key component to ensuring this line can be expanded in the future.
  • With the core piece constructed, Calgary will be well positioned to expand the line in affordable and incremental pieces to the north and the southeast.

The anticipated investment of $4.65 billion for the first stage of construction ensures the most technically complex piece of the project is built first, while offering the best opportunities for expandability in the future.

  • Building the full tunnel in the Centre City is a key component to ensuring this line can be expanded in the future.
  • With the core piece constructed, Calgary will be well positioned to expand the line in affordable and incremental pieces to the north and the southeast.

Schedule

Stage 1 is projected to begin construction in 2020, pending approvals and funding, and is anticipated to open in 2026.

Enabling works

In December 2016, the Federal and Provincial Governments committed more than $250 million to fund a series of Enabling Works for the Green Line LRT for 2017-2020. Projects include utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements.

A number of projects have already gone out to tender, with work anticipated to begin in the summer. Please check back with this website for more details.

Contact information

For specific questions, email greenline@calgary.ca. Sign up for email updates on the procurement strategy and future opportunities, select “Green Line” and then “Green Line industry information”.

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