Due to the size and cost of the full project, the Green Line LRT will be built in stages as funding becomes available.
Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT, from Shepard to Eau Claire, is important to expanding Calgary’s rapid transit network. It will provide seamless connections with the existing Red and Blue LRT lines and MAX BRT routes. Calgarians will have fast, frequent and reliable transit service to communities, employment hubs, tourist destinations and essential services. Stage 1 builds the first 20 km core of the 46 km full vision of the Green Line LRT.
The Green Line LRT will play an important role in shaping the City’s future. It is both a transit system and a platform for long-term city building. This will encourage redevelopment and investment opportunities in Calgary businesses and communities.
The full vision of Green Line extends from Seton to 160 Avenue N and will serve 27 communities adding 29 new LRT stations to the network.
The southeast area of the city has seen significant population growth and is expected to continue developing quickly. Many communities have been built with the LRT in mind, with dedicated lands for the track, station areas, Park and Rides and high density developments.
The Green Line will enhance an already bustling area Between 16 Avenue N. and Beddington. It will improve transit service in established communities and connect people to many shops and services.
Beyond 96 Avenue N., the Green Line will serve the future Aurora Business Park, the busy North Pointe community hub, and the future area of Keystone Hills (north of the Ring Road, where new communities have started development).
There are plans for a Green Line connection to the Calgary International Airport. An LRT extension can be built to the airport terminal from 96 Avenue N. station. This will also connect to the Blue Line at 88 Avenue N.E.
South Health Campus (SHC) Hospital
SHC employs about 2,800 people who care for over 200,000 patients. It is expected to grow to 5,100 employees by 2076. Green Line will help get employees, patients and visitors to the hospital.
Aurora Business Park
The Aurora Business Park land development will bring new business and job opportunities to northeast Calgary. The vision for the area is to become a business campus environment with:
Limited light industrial facilities
Regional transit connections
Intercity Express (ICE) will connect people in Airdrie to the Green Line in the north.
On-it Regional Transit Service will connect people in Cochrane, Banff, Canmore, Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley to Green Line stations.
Long term plans for high-speed rail service to Banff, Canmore, Edmonton, Okotoks and High River will be able to connect with Green Line.