The story of the Green Line LRT has evolved with help from Calgarians over time.
The need for an LRT line in southeast Calgary has been under consideration since the mid-1980s as communities in that area developed quickly. Rapid transit was envisioned for the north as early as 1967, and Centre Street N has evolved into the busiest bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in the city.
Planning for the Green Line as we know it today began in 2011. See what milestones, public open houses and engagement sessions helped shaped the timeline:
Government of Alberta approves Green Line LRT project (June)
Following an extensive review of the overall Green Line LRT project, the Government of Alberta approved the redefined procurement strategy and federal funding business case that was submitted to the province on May 28, 2021.The Green Line will be constructed through a new phased approach, with the first phase building the LRT from Shepard to Eau Claire.
Segment 2 Functional Plans (May)
The updated Segment 2 Functional Plan was presented to the Green Line Committee on May 19, 2021 and was approved. The plan included:
Functional plans for Beltline & Downtown and the Bow River bridge
Crescent Heights plans
Findings from North Central Mobility and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) studies
Stakeholders discussed challenges with the proposed Bow River tunnel and alignment changes. The Stage 1 alignment was updated to replace the tunnel with a bridge. The decision was made to construct Stage 1 in three segments:
Segment 1: 126 Avenue to Elbow River
Segment 2A: 2 Avenue S.W. station to Elbow River
Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N. to north of 2 Avenue S.W. station
Business Support Program (November)
Online engagement helped develop a Business Support Program. The goal is to help businesses and communities prepare for and manage the potential impacts of construction. A Business Insights Panel was recruited to advise on and share insights from the business community.
June 2020 – Council approved the updated Stage 1 alignment
An informal Steering Committee helped develop a Public Gardens Scoping Report that sets a vision for
Adding greenery along the Green Line
Creating outstanding public spaces
Council approved development of a master plan for six public garden projects. These projects were based on the historic railway gardens concept.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Implementation Strategy (December)
The TOD Implementation Strategy enables TOD to thrive in Calgary. It identified four key actions:
Complete station area reviews
Develop funding and investment tools
Support the TOD policy
Foster collaborative partnerships
January 2019– Funding agreement signed by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary.
July 2019 – Council approved the contracting strategy.
July 2019 – Notice of Motion to form an informal Public Gardens Committee. They will explore a modernizing traditional Railway Gardens and the feasibility of using the Public Art budget to integrate art as part of the public gardens.
Potential actions to improve quality of life for communities along the Green Line
Framework for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Implementation Strategy (June)
The TOD Implementation framework outlined the proposed approach and outputs for the strategy. Among the nine objectives was a City-wide perspective on TOD implementation that was adopted as part of The City’s TOD Program (presented to Council in 2019).
2017 – The Integrated Transportation and Land Use Planning approach was shared at conferences in Canada, United States and Singapore.
Feedback was collected to evaluate the Centre City and Beltline routes. This helped City Council decide to build a tunnel through this section of the alignment. In December, route options were narrowed through the Beltline to the 12 Avenue S. corridor.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Background Research – North
Green Line reviewed City policies, North American TOD best practices and conducted a GIS analysis of existing conditions and land use, which was used to help prioritize site selection.
Green Line estimated the long-term demand for different types of housing and office space. Implications for TOD options were identified along different parts of the corridor.
Inglewood & Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plans (February to April)
The engagement results from the Green Line S.E. charrettes in 2015 were used as a basis for the Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP) for the Inglewood/Ramsay and 26 Avenue station areas. A public open house was held on February 10, and an information café was held on April 28.
Refinement engagement – North (March to June)
Workshops were held in northern communities. Feedback showed how the Green Line could help
Protect local businesses
Optimize station locations
Enable pedestrian and cycling access
Deal with safety, traffic and parking issues
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Charrettes – North (April to October)
Three charrettes were held around development of Station Area Concept Plans for the north alignment:
64 Avenue N. station
40 Avenue N. station
Along the corridor for 9, 16 and 28 Avenues.
The concept plans were used to develop Station Area Plans, Local Area Plans and Area Redevelopment Plans.
Green Line Speaker Series (June to October)
Four sessions shared Green Line’s innovative approaches to:
Green Line Southeast Transitway Project – Public Information Sessions (January)
Three public information sessions were held for the Green Line Southeast Transitway Project. The purpose of these sessions was to inform citizens about the upcoming engineering and design work to be done, land use studies to be conducted, and outline how interested citizens can be involved in the process.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Charrettes – Southeast (June)
Three charrettes were held around TOD options and development concepts for five stations:
26 Avenue S.E.
Citizen input helped clarify the scale and type of development for each station. Community issues and goals were worked into the conceptual designs, initial concepts and preferred development plan.
Green Line Southeast Public Engagement Workshop (June)
Local residents shared their concerns and desires for the station area regarding existing community connectivity and area improvements.
May 2015 – Notice of Motion to outline the project delivery model for the Green Line LRT
December 2015 - Notice of Motion for municipal commitment ($52 million for 10 years) to be extended to a 30-year period. The new total funding commitment would be $1.56 billion. This decision was based on the federal government pledge through the Public Transit Fund. It relied on a provincial government funding commitment that was confirmed in 2017.
675 participants attended public engagement. They identified community traits and values based on feedback from 2011. They also reviewed alignment options and benefits of low floor Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs).
North Central LRT Alignment and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) (March)
The North Central Planning Study looked into land use planning for TOD from 2012 to 2014. It showed communities would be better served if the North Central LRT was more centrally located. This would provide more options for TOD than the Nose Creek Valley alignment.
Nose Creek, Edmonton Trail, Centre Street N. alignment engagement (May)
Around 2,150 Calgarians attended open houses. They explored the concept of an LRT line along Nose Creek, Edmonton Trail or Centre Street N. A new planning study determined a route based on a Centre Street N. or Edmonton Trail alignment.