As Calgary continues to grow, the way Calgarians move about the city is changing. According to the City's transportation plan RouteAhead, significant expansions to our transit network are required. The proposed Green Line LRT is the next big project. It will serve the central part of the city, travelling from North Pointe in the north all the way to Seton in the south.
Council will soon be making critical decisions on key aspects of the largest capital project in the Calgary's history, an estimated cost of $5 billion. Decisions on alignment and how the train passes through the inner-city, below or above-ground, will determine the overall cost of the project, how well it serves the thousands of Calgarians and how it integrates with neighbouring communities. We also must examine how the Green Line will maximize planning and development opportunities that will benefit Calgarians for generations to come.
In order to inform these decisions, I, along with several of my Council colleagues will be attending a short fact-finding mission in nearby cities that have already gone through similar exercises: Vancouver, Portland and Seattle. The group travelling from Calgary will be spending nearly five days in meetings and touring LRT lines accompanied by key decision makers in each city. A quick glance at the itinerary shows a marathon trip full of meetings and transit rides.
I will be live-tweeting my observations. Please join in with your questions and ideas.
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