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Green Line LRT project - Vision

Green Line - Vision

A city shaping transit service that improves mobility in north and southeast Calgary, connecting people and places, and enhancing the quality of life in the city.

The Green Line is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line, and the largest infrastructure investment to date. The Green Line is designed to be both a transit system and a platform for development and City Shaping; it will provide efficient service and connections to destinations throughout the city, and areas where people can live affordably with access to amenities, services and sustainable mobility options.

The Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary's transit network, adding 46 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT system.

End-to-end, it will connect communities between Keystone and Seton to downtown and various other destinations along the way. Once the full alignment is built, the line will carry an estimated 240,000 trips per day.

The Green Line will provide direct connections to the new South Health Campus, new recreation centres, major employment centres, the new $168 million National Music Centre, the new $245 million Central Library, Stampede Park, and several business revitalization zones. The Green Line will also integrate with a future transit connection to the Calgary International Airport, which is in the midst of a $2 billion expansion.

Stage 1 construction

On June 26, 2017, City Council approved the full vision for the Green Line LRT, including the full 46 km route from 160 Avenue N to Seton and 28 stations. Construction on the first 20 km is anticipated to begin in 2021, and will extend from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard). This first stage of construction is expected to be complete by 2026. Once the first stage is complete, the line will be expanded incrementally to the north and southeast as additional funds become available. Stage 1 will feature:

  • 20 km of LRT track
  • 14 stations
  • 8 bridges (Elbow River, Blackfoot Trail, Highfield Blvd, 46 Avenue SE, Deerfoot Trail, Bow River, 78 Avenue SE and 90 Avenue SE)
  • 1 km of elevated track between Inglewood/Ramsay to 26 Avenue stations
  • 3 park and ride facilities with a total of 1800 - 1900 stalls (Lynnwood/Millican, Douglas Glen, and Shepard)
  • 3 tunnels (CN/Highfield; Ogden Road SE and Barlow Trail/114 Avenue SE)
  • 4 km Centre City tunnel from 20 Avenue N to Macleod Trail
  • 1 light rail vehicle (LRV) Maintenance and Storage Facility north of 126 Avenue SE (Shepard)
  • Approximately 40-45 low floor vehicles, each 40 metres long
  • $4.65 billion capital construction cost

For more information on the construction of the Green Line visit this page.

Opening day benefits of stage 1 construction:

  • Carry 60,000 to 65,000 Calgarians.
  • Serve all Calgarians by connecting to major activity, employment and industrial centres outside the downtown core (Quarry Park, Douglas Glen, South Hill) and over 60 existing community services such as recreation centres, parks and libraries.
  • Connect over 2,300 existing affordable housing units.
  • Support business and employee travel choices for 191,000 existing jobs.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases by 30,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 6,000 vehicles being taken off the road on opening day.

From bus-based transitway to LRT

The Green Line was initially planned to be built as bus-only lanes called a transitway. While a transitway would not provide the capacity and reliability of an LRT service, this option would improve service in communities, without the significant initial capital investment required for LRT. The transitway was planned to be extended and converted into an LRT line in the future, as funding became available.

In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced that up to $1.53 billion from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund would be awarded to the Green Line as an LRT project. This announcement offered the opportunity to explore building the Green Line as an LRT from the beginning, providing all three levels of government could provide matching contributions. As of July 2017, all three levels of government have announced funding support for Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT.