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Green Line - Industry Information


Industry information

On June 26, 2017 City Council approved the recommended 46 km 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.

Update - February 2018

City of Calgary Administration has conducted an in-depth evaluation process to determine the best Delivery Model for Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT.

Various models were investigated, ranging from full Private-Public Partnerships (P3) to more traditional methods. The evaluation has now been completed, and Administration will present a recommendation to City Council at Priorities and Finance Committee (PFC) on March 6, 2018 and Council on March 19, 2018.

Both PFC and Council meetings are open to the public, and can be live streamed from the website. Please visit the Council and Committee Meetings page for the streaming link and access to meeting agendas and minutes.

The recommendation and outcome of the March 19 Council meeting will be formally communicated via the Green Line website and the industry email list. Members of industry are reminded to avoid lobbying with City of Calgary Administration and City Council members as this could result in being precluded from future bidding.

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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 from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and the provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP), to prepare the Green Line right-of-way for construction including items like utility relocations, 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: 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 overall contracting strategy is being finalized to determine the best method for delivering the Green Line which may include public-private-partnerships (P3) or more traditional methods like Design-Build.

After the recommendation on the delivery method to the Priorities and Finance Committee (PFC) on March 6 and City Council on March 19, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is expected to be released in Q3 2018, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) in Q1 2019. When information becomes available on bidding opportunities for the Green Line LRT, this will be posted to MERX and the Alberta Purchasing Connection ('APC') website.

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

Schedule

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

Enabling works

Calgarians living or working along Stage 1 of the Green Line will have already started to see construction activity along the future Green Line route. These construction activities include items like utility relocation, environmental remediation and land preparation. Doing this work now means it will be easier to build the Green Line LRT tracks and stations in the future. See the construction page for more details on individual projects.

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'.​