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Green Line - Industry Information

Industry Bulletin - March 2017

The City of Calgary continues to work on completing the functional design, staging options and determining a contracting strategy to deliver The City’s largest infrastructure investment to date, the Green Line LRT.

As planning continues, industry bulletins will be released that provide an update on the development of the procurement strategy as well as any future contracting opportunities.

All interested industry members should regularly check MERX​ and the Alberta Purchasing Connection (“APC”) website for procurement information.

Market sounding

A number of firms representing a cross-section of industry participated in the market sounding process towards the end of 2016. Information from the interviews with industry partners have been summarized by the City’s advisor team and will be considered by The City when developing the Green Line Contracting Strategy.

Firms participating in the market sounding process will not receive any preferential program information nor any notice or indication of procurement timing. Firms not contacted to participate in the market sounding process remain equally entitled to take part in any eventual Green Line LRT opportunities/procurements.

Contracting strategy

The overall contracting strategy is being developed to determine the best method for delivering the Green Line. The City is considering the full spectrum of options, including traditional delivery methods and a public-private-partnership. Options in light rail vehicle (LRV) procurement and tunnel construction are also included in the assessment, and phasing options may be developed pending funding commitments.

Next steps

The Green Line team will be recommending the full alignment and station locations of the Green Line LRT as well as TOD (Transit Oriented Development) plans to City Council Committee in June 2017. The Federal and Provincial Government have also committed $250 million dollars which will fund a series of enabling works for the Green Line LRT over the course of 2017/18. Projects will include utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements. The tendering process for the initial enabling works projects is scheduled for Spring 2017.

Green Line at a glance

The Green Line features the following major elements:

  • A fleet of low-floor light rail vehicles
  • A light rail storage and maintenance facility near Shepard station
  • A satellite light rail storage and maintenance facility near the Aurora development
  • Track length of more than 40km with some sections underground, at-grade and elevated (depending on varied downtown options)
  • Approximately 27+ stations
  • 10 bridges
  • 4 river crossings
  • 6-8 underground grade separations
  • Up to 11 park and ride facilities
  • Up to 13 major transit hubs
  • Accommodation for a future airport connection
  • Accommodation for the future 17 Avenue S.E. Transitway

Contact information

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