On July 24, 2015 the Federal Government committed 1.5 billion dollars from the Public Transit Fund to the Green Line LRT project. While this is only 1/3 of the total estimated cost of the project, we are expecting the Province to assist the City with the remaining 2/3 required to complete the project.
The LRT project which was initially 30+ years away is now slated to begin construction in 2017 with completion in 2024. This means that residents in communities along the LRT corridor will be able to enjoy the benefits of a light rail system ahead of schedule.
The Green Line will connect North Pointe, through downtown, to Seton by adding an additional 40 kilometers of track to the City’s existing LRT network. It is estimated that the Green Line will service 41 million passengers annually.
• The Green Line will use low-floor trains which have similar capacity to current CTrains (780 passengers/4 car train), and carry over 8 times the number of passengers of an articulated bus.
• Calgary has the first wind-powered light rail transit system in North America and reduced CO2 emissions by over 56,000 tonnes in 2012.
• 290,000 Calgarians are estimated to live along the Green Line corridor (including the Centre City and Beltline), estimated to increase to 465,000 by 2043.
• Total city population is 1.19 million today, increasing to 1.89 million by 2043.
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