Economic benefits

Phase 1 of Green Line construction 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 Calgary's history, the Green Line will contribute to the city’s economic recovery and resiliency generating $2.2B in benefits to Calgary.  Constructing Phase 1 of the Green Line LRT will also create over 20,000 jobs.  Our early works construction program has over 100 projects already completed or underway, putting Calgarians to work today.


Green Line will create 20,000 jobs

Business Case

The 2020 Calgary Green Line Stage 1 Business Case outlines the benefits, costs, trade-offs and risks of Stage 1. It shows how the investment will have short and long-term benefits.

Connecting people to jobs

The Green Line 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. On opening day Phase 1:

  • will connect Calgarians to 190,000 jobs within walking distance of Green Line stations
  • will help get 180,000 people downtown in 30 minutes by LRT or bus
  • will provide transit options for 70,000 people living within a 10-minute walk of the Green Line

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.