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Green Line – Southeast Transitway

Transportation Infrastructure and Calgary Transit are working together on the pre-design study for the Southeast Transitway, formally referred to as SETWAY. The Southeast Transitway will ultimately be part of Calgary Transit’s Green Line which will run from Seton in the southeast to Keystone in north central Calgary.

Project update

A Council report was presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation & Transit on December 12, 2012 and was approved by City Council on January 14, 2013. The report recommendations were:

  • approve the recommended Ultimate Service Option plan of a low-floor LRT
  • approve the recommended Interim Service Option of a staged introduction of a combination of dedicated busway and low-floor LRT
  • direct Administration to continue engagement with key stakeholders and the public to finalize station locations and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities during the pre-design process. This would occur once the project receives approval for Green Trip funding.

In addition, Council approved $12 million to complete the pre-design study and Transit Oriented Development study for Southeast Transitway.

On November 29, 2013, Council approved the use of $52 million each year from 2015 – 2024 ($520 million in total) as part of the funding for this project.

Project background

Between 1999 and 2006, Calgary Transit completed functional planning studies for the future Southeast Light Rail Transit (LRT), one of two new LRT lines planned for Calgary (the Green Line). These studies examined existing transit service, identified the need for LRT based on future demand, and established the future LRT horizontal and vertical alignment, station locations, high-level land requirements and costs.

To construct the Southeast LRT today between downtown and the South Health Campus in Seton would cost over $2 billion. In the absence of sufficient funding for even a short segment of LRT, The City is currently studying options for staging improvements in the form of bus rapid transit (BRT) on exclusive busways which ultimately could convert to LRT.

The City will initiate a pre-design study during 2014 and 2015 for the Southeast Transitway, with the goal of making significant improvements to public transit service in Southeast Calgary in the short term while still enabling the introduction of LRT in the longer term.

Project scope

A pre-design study is typically conducted after functional plans have been completed and before detail design is initiated. The high-level plans and property requirements are refined to a greater level of detail in the pre-design. The City is examining what infrastructure is required to improve transit service in the short term while providing lasting value in the long term.

The study will update:

  • cost estimates
  • refinement of staging options
  • prepare engineering drawings for the next phase of design.

Public engagement

Three public information sessions were held in January 2012 where The City presented findings on the early phases of the project before making a recommendation on infrastructure staging to City Council. See the complete summary of the results for an information survey completed by more than 120 individuals.

Additional public engagement, including comprehensive transit-oriented development planning, will be held in the future as the pre-design advances. Please visit this webpage regularly for future updates.

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