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West LRT

Project overview

The West LRT project is the largest infrastructure endeavour ever undertaken by The City of Calgary.

It includes:

  • 8.2 kilometres of track between downtown and 69 Street S.W.,
  • Six new LRT stations,
  • Construction of a new interchange at 17 Avenue and Sarcee Trail S.W.,
  • Major roadway upgrades along the West LRT alignment,
  • Improved and expanded pedestrian and cycling pathways,
  • A totally revamped bus network in 21 communities,
  • A new Ernest Manning High School beside the 69 Street Station.

The alignment features a combination of elevated, tunnelled, trenched and at-grade guideways and stations.

Project update

The West LRT opened for transit service on Dec. 10, 2012. An event to mark the opening was held on Dec. 8, 2012 at all six new stations and at Ernest Manning High School.

While the LRT is now operational, there is still work to be done. Landscaping along the West LRT alignment, including the restoration of Shaw Millennium Park, will commence in the spring of 2013 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013. Outstanding construction work along the line will also be completed by the fall of 2013.

The West LRT project office closed on Feb. 19, 2013 at which time the outstanding work on the West LRT project was handed over to Transportation Infrastructure.

Calgary Transit now owns and operates the west leg of the LRT as part of Calgary’s LRT system.

Project budget

The total cost of the West LRT project is estimated at $1.4 billion. The Government of Alberta funded $1.3 billion of the cost with The City of Calgary contributing roughly $1 million.

Landscaping

Through 2012 and 2013, the West LRT construction zone will be landscaped back to its original look. More than 1,700 trees and other plantings will revitalize the construction zone along Bow Trail, 17 Avenue S.W. and Sarcee Trail.

For detailed information, view the West LRT’s Landscaping Plans.

Public art

The Transportation department is an active contributor to The City's Public Art program.

The department supports the creation of artwork, in a variety of media, which enhance infrastructure and the experience of Calgarians as they move throughout the city.

Transportation is working with Public Art to outline the engagement process and to identify specific opportunities for West LRT public art.

There will be engagement opportunities on West LRT public art beginning in the spring of 2013. As the engagement process and opportunities become more defined, this information will be provided to affected stakeholders.

Communication

The West LRT project office has worked closely with adjacent stakeholders throughout the project to ensure they are kept up-to-date on construction, schedules, and important milestones. Communication with adjacent stakeholders will continue in 2013 through the Transportation Infrastructure business unit.

Traffic concerns

With the addition of 8.2 kilometres of track between downtown and 69 Street S.W., you may have noticed changes in signal timings at some of the affected intersections.

The City of Calgary Roads department monitors the signals and intersections that are affected by the implementation of the West LRT.

For more information, visit the West LRT traffic signal adjustment FAQ page or call 311.

More information

Transportation Infrastructure is committed to keeping citizens informed about this project, and details will be updated on this site on an ongoing basis. For more information, please call 311.

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