Green Line approved!
Green Line route and stations approved by City Council
Yesterday, City Council approved the full 46 km alignment and 28 stations for the Green Line LRT from 160 Avenue N to Seton. This is a major milestone for the program, and ensures that the Green Line can be built in stages as funding becomes available.
We could not have reached this major milestone without the support of Calgarians. We would like to thank the community associations and business groups along the route, and the thousands of people who took part in events across the city over the last two and a half years. Your local insight has helped shape this program – from envisioning the development potential around stations to changing the route to protect community assets, and refining locations of stations for better access for customers. We couldn’t have done this without you, and we appreciate the countless hours you have dedicated to working with us to plan the best Green Line for Calgary.
What happens now?
Our focus this summer will be to secure the funding required to start construction on the first 20 km from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard). We are aiming to have shovels in the ground by 2020, with the first stage of construction complete by 2026. Visit the website to learn more.
In December 2016, the Federal and Provincial Government committed more than $250 million to fund a series of Enabling Works for the Green Line LRT for 2017/18. These projects will clear the path for future Green Line construction, and include utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements.
Some projects are anticipated to begin this summer. Please check the website for details.
Next steps – fall 2017 & beyond
We will be back in the fall to talk to communities within the stage 1 construction area to further refine the design and plan for construction.
Planning will continue on future stages of the Green Line LRT as well as the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) work in the north.
Area Redevelopment Plans and Station Area Plans will continue to be refined in the southeast, and will be presented to Council in 2018.
Green Line LRT – looking to the future
Fast Facts on Green Line
Full Green Line
- 46 km – full Green Line route
- 28 Stations in total
- At full community build-out, the Green Line will carry an estimated 240,000 trips per day
Stage 1 construction
- 20 km
- 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
- 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 70 low floor vehicles
- $4.65 billion capital construction cost
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