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Green Line LRT project - Industry information

Green Line - Industry information

O​n June 26, 2017 City Council approved the recommended 46 km Green Line LRT alignment and station locations, as well as the first stage of construction. This is a major milestone for the project, and ensures that the long-term vision for the Green Line can be implemented over time, as funding becomes available.


August 13, 2019 - Green Line Update - Release of Request for Qualifications

The Green Line is a multi-billion dollar investment in Calgary's future that will provide more options for Calgarians to move around the city. As the city grows, there is a need to make balanced investment choices to ensure Calgarians from all backgrounds can live, work and play sustainably and affordably. The Green Line will be essential to managing Calgary's growth and transportation needs in a sustainable manner that maintains the city's livability and economic attraction.

Yesterday, The City released the​ Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the contract for the first phase of Green Line Stage 1. This contract includes approximately 16 kilometres of the Green Line project from 4 Street S.E. to 126 Avenue S.E. and includes the Shepard Maintenance & Storage Facility.

On August 20, 2019 the Green Line project team will be hosting an Applicants Meeting webinar at 9:00 a.m. Webinar participants will be given an overview of the project and requirements of the RFQ, as well as the opportunity to ask questions prior to responding to the RFQ.

Interested parties should visit MERX and Alberta Purchasing Connection, for this upcoming opportunity to provide Calgary with the first phase of its newest LRT line.

Members of industry are reminded to avoid lobbying City of Calgary Administration and City Council members regarding the Green Line LRT procurement, as this could result in proponents being precluded from future bidding opportunities on the Green Line project.

​July 2019 – Contracting Strategy Update

On July 29, 2019 Council approved the Green Line team's recommendation to split Stage 1 into two contracts:

Segment 1: 4 Street S.E. to 126 Avenue S.E.

Segment 2: 16 Avenue N to 4 Street S.E.

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Segment 1 is expected to be released in August 2019. Although a formal procurement process has yet to be initiated, at this time, to maintain an open, fair and transparent procurement process City staff can no longer meet privately with potential proponent team members. This process avoids unintentionally precluding any potential proponent team member from participating in the procurement process.

For more information on the July 29 Council meeting see our newsletter update.

Light Rail Vehicle Request for Qualification

On February 1, 2019, The City released the RFQ for the Green Line's new fleet of Light Rail Vehicles (LRV). The Green Line will use low-floor LRV technology that has not been used before in Calgary.

This RFQ closed on May 16, 2019. We received submissions from eight Applicants and have concluded our evaluation. The four shortlisted LRV suppliers, who will be invited to participate in the next stage of the LRV procurement, the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage, are:

  • Alstom Transport Canada Inc.
  • Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc.
  • Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
  • Kinkisharyo International L.L.C.

The LRV RFP is anticipated to be released in December of 2019.


Main project contracting strategy

The recommendation at SPC on Transportation and Transit Committee is to procure Stage 1 using two Design Build finance contracts, to better allow the market to respond.

map with contract 1 and contract 2 areas

16 kilometers of the Green Line project from 4 Street S.E. to Shepard are ready for construction and we will be releasing the first contract through Request for Qualifications (RFQ), in August 2019.

The Shepard Maintenance & Storage Facility at the terminus of the Green Line Stage 1 will be included within the first contract to go out to market.

A significant amount of work has been done to evaluate both the technical and financial aspects of the project, however more time is required to further evaluate the Centre City (16 Ave N to 4 St S.E.) portion. We need more time to share our findings with citizens, evaluate options, and discuss with industry about how we move forward.

The second contract from 16 Avenue N to 4 Street S.E. is anticipated to be released in early 2021 after engagement with citizens, as well as industry

Interested parties should visit MERX and Alberta Purchasing Connection, as these contracts will be posted on these sites once released.

Funding Status

On January 30, 2019 the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary signed a funding agreement for stage 1 of construction of the Green Line LRT. This agreement marks a major milestone for the project and finalizes the joint investment in Calgary of nearly $5 billion by all three levels of government.

Contracting Strategy

On March 19, 2018 City Council approved the Design-Build-Finance (DBF) delivery model recommended by City Administration following an approval by the Priorities and Finance Committee (PFC) on March 6, 2018.

Various models were investigated, ranging from full Private-Public Partnerships (P3) to more traditional methods like Design-Build (DB). For details on the material that was presented to City Council,  view the meeting minutes.


Green Line will be constructed through two contracts, 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 4 Street S.E. (Beltline), and east of 4 Street S.E. and 126 Ave S.E. (Shepard). Separating the project into these two contracts will better allow for the market to respond, and allow The City to further evaluate the Centre City portion of the Green Line LRT with citizens and industry.


Stage 1, first contract is projected to begin construction in 2020, and is anticipated to open in 2026. The second contract is projected to begin construction in 2022, and is anticipated to open in 2027.

Enabling works

Calgarians living or working along Stage 1 of the Green Line will have already started to see construction activity along the future Green Line route. These construction activities include items like utility relocation, environmental remediation and land preparation. Doing this work now means it will be easier to build the Green Line LRT tracks and stations in the future. See the construction page for more details on individual projects.

Contact information

For specific questions, email Sign up for email updates on the procurement strategy and future opportunities, select 'Green Line' and then 'Green Line industry information'.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​