A transit service that improves mobility in existing and new communities in north and southeast Calgary, connecting people and places, and enhancing the quality of life in the city.
The Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary's transit network, adding 40 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT system. End-to-end, the line will connect North Pointe and Seton to downtown, and is estimated to serve 41 million passengers annually.
The Green Line is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line, and the highest public transit infrastructure priority for The City. In 2015 July,
the Government of Canada announced $1.53 billion from the Public Transit Fund will be awarded to the Green Line project, contingent
on The City’s application. This is the single largest public infrastructure investment in Alberta’s history. The funding represents a
potential one-third contribution to the full build-out of LRT between North Pointe and Seton, estimated to cost between $4 billion and
$5 billion. This report provides an overview of the potential funding, staging and delivery of this project.
In 1981, the first LRT line was opened, revolutionizing transportation in Calgary. The system has rapidly expanded to become the
backbone of the regional transit network with 58 route-kilometres of track and 45 stations. Today, on the average weekday, over
320,000 passengers are carried on the existing CTrain network, making it the most successful LRT system in North America.
The Green Line is a top infrastructure priority in Calgary. It will form the spine of multiple neighbourhoods across Calgary and connect
the downtown with residential communities in north and southeast Calgary, but also provides direct connections to the new South
Health Campus, new recreation centres, major employment centres, the new $168 million National Music Centre, the new $245 million
Central Library, Stampede Park, and several business revitalization zones. The Green Line will also integrate with future rail connection
to the Calgary International Airport, which is in the midst of a $2 billion expansion.
The Green Line will not only bring transit into communities, but will connect neighbourhoods where Calgarians can live, work and play close to transit.