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Economic benefits

Green Line will create jobs, support Calgary's economic recovery, attract talent and business to our city, and connect people to employment and residential areas.

Job creation and economic recovery

As the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, Green Line will contribute to Calgary’s economic recovery and resiliency. Our Enabling Works construction program has over 100 projects completed or underway and will continue to generate jobs between now and when main construction begins.

Construction of Stage 1 will create 20,000 jobs, both direct and supporting.

  • 12,000 jobs related to the construction and operation of the line
  • 8,000 indirect jobs in supporting industries (construction, engineering, architecture and professional services)

   

Constructing the Green Line will be the largest job creation project in the city.

 

  • Stage 1 will generate $2.2B in benefits to Calgary
  • 20,000 jobs will be created by construction of Stage 1
  • By 2028 nearly 200,000 jobs will be within walking distance of Green Line stations

Connecting people to jobs

The Green Line will will connect major employment and residential areas in north, central and southeast Calgary. It will support economic productivity by providing access to nearly 450,000 jobs in Calgary (nearly 30% of all jobs) within a fifteen minute bus ride of a Green Line LRT station.

Over 100,000 new jobs are expected in north and southeast communities over the next 25-30 years. By 2028:

  • Nearly 200,000 jobs will be within walking distance of Green Line stations
  • Over 180,000 people will be able to get downtown in 30 minutes by bus or the LRT network
  • Nearly 80,000 homes will be within 30 minutes of the downtown core using LRT alone

Attracting new talent and business

The Green Line LRT project is a long-term investment in the growth and development of our city. High quality transit is a necessity for cities to:

  • Grow the population and economy
  • Be attractive to entrepreneurs and a talented workforce
  • Be competitive economic centres locally and internationally

The Green Line can help diversify Calgary's economy. Economic trends in North America show that transit-oriented cities draw higher concentrations of innovation, technology businesses and multi-national corporations looking for high quality labour.

Thriving businesses and communities

Green Line will connect people to more businesses and communities than ever. These connections will:

  • Increase customer traffic and visibility to nearby shops, businesses and services
  • Create new places and spaces for people to gather and stay in the area
  • Increase market value for properties close to the transit stations (within 800m)
  • Create over $2B in potential property value uplift by 2040

Residential growth

Ridership trends and demographics change over time. A growing number of millennials are choosing to live in urban neighbourhoods and take transit for convenience and cost savings. This increases the need for a transit system that is well-connected, fast, frequent and reliable.

   

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