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Airport Transit Study – Green Line to Blue Line Connector

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Project Update - November, 2018

Phase 2 of engagement will take place in early 2019. The technical review will take us some additional time to complete. We will be sharing a concept and recommendations for your review and feedback. Please check back for details.

For more information on what we heard during Phase 1 of engagement, please visit the project engagement page.


Project Overview

A future transit connection will ultimately provide improved transit access to the Calgary International Airport by connecting the future Green Line LRT with the future Blue Line LRT. The Airport Transit Study will review technical requirements and provide preliminary estimates of capital and operating costs, land requirements, infrastructure requirements and community impacts.

The study will include recommendations for:

  • The alignment, as well as number and location of stations between the future 96 Avenue N.E. Green Line station and 19 Street N.E.
  • A transit technology (examples include high-floor LRT, low-floor LRT and automated people mover)
  • Locations for a storage and maintenance facility
  • Land requirements
  • A staging plan and cost estimates

There is currently no funding for the detailed design or construction of this connection.

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Project Background

An airport transit connection is identified in the Calgary Transportation Plan as part of the Primary Transit Network. There are two Council-approved functional plans that form the foundation for this project:

In 2017, The City of Calgary and The Calgary International Airport completed a Review and Update of the 2012 Airport Trail Functional Planning Study, which was approved by Council on April 10, 2017.

Some preliminary technical work has been undertaken on the project which has resulted in possible concepts. These will be evaluated, along with any others developed through the engagement process, with stakeholders and the public.

What has been decided

The alignment of the connection from 19 Street N.E. to the eastern boundary of the study area (Blue Line LRT), and the connection to the airport terminal, has already been set to align with the approved functional planning studies and the location of the Airport Trail tunnel.

Engagement opportunities

The City is seeking input from stakeholders and the public on:

  • Study goals
  • Considerations for determining:
    • The alignment of an airport transit connection between the future Green Line and the airport
    • Transit technology
    • Station locations
  • Concerns and opportunities related to a future airport transit connection
  • Evaluation of concepts

For more information about engagement for the project please visit the engagement page.

Project timeline

  • Phase 1 - Goals, Issues and Opportunities (summer - fall 2018)
  • Phase 2 - Concept Evaluation and Recommendation (early 2019)
  • Phase 3 - Share Final Recommendations (spring 2019)