Major infrastructure projects
Preparing for 2 million
Be part of paving the way for Calgary's next milestone: becoming home to a population of two million Calgarians (Calgary 2 Million).
A home that is more sustainable, diverse, accessible, equitable and liveable for everyone. The City of Calgary has developed a strong foundation upon which Calgary 2 Million will be sustainably, inclusively and innovatively built.
We are all preparing for Calgary 2 Million together, and it is closer than we think!
Invest in Infrastucture projects
Airport Transit Connector - Blue Line to Calgary International Airport
This project focuses on connecting the Blue Line LRT to the Calgary International Airport through the Airport Transit Connection.
This extension will integrate the Northeast Calgary workforces with the second-largest employment hub in the Calgary region by accessible transit.
Providing a connection to the Calgary International Airport from the Blue Line in the Northeast, this project brings travelers and employees to and from Calgary International Airport, with key stops in the surrounding industrial areas.
This project supports Calgary’s economy by connecting rapid transit lines and enhancing access between the downtown, airport and the region.
- Estimated 13,000 passengers per weekday
- Saves up to 5,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year
- Estimated 12,500 Calgarians living within 800m of the station in 2048
- Estimated 10,700 jobs within 800m of the station in 2028
- Estimated 2,929 regional jobs during construction period
- Improves customer travel time and reliability converting from bus to LRT
- Directly connects Calgarians in NE Calgary to the large employment base at the airport
- 6 km between 88 Avenue NE Station and Airport Terminal
- 3 new transit stations
- Supports Calgary, Alberta and Canada’s Economic Strategy by connecting rapid transit lines and enhancing access between the Downtown, airport and the region.
Estimated $675 Million (Class 5 cost estimate)
Functional Planning completed in 2020. Land acquisition near completion.
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Blue Line Northeast LRT extension
This project brings travelers and employees to and from the Calgary International Airport by connecting the Blue Line LRT from 88 Avenue NE Station to the Airport. The project also includes a stop in the Northeast industrial area through a new transit line.
Through extending the existing Blue Line Northeast Light Rail Transit (LRT) further to the northeast to 88 Ave NE, this project provides LRT service to high-density northeast Calgary communities, as well as industrial areas, while supporting the Airport Transit Connection.
- Estimated 3,500 passengers per weekday
- Saves up to 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year
- Estimated 11,000 Calgarians living within 800m of the station in 2048
- Estimated 1,200 jobs within 800m of the station in 2028
- Estimated 771 regional jobs during construction
- Serves new and developing communities and provides the transfer station between the Blue Line and Airport Transit Connector
- Improves travel time and reliability by converting from bus to LRT
- 1 km extension from Saddletowne Station
- 1 new station
- Future connection to Calgary International Airport via the Airport Transit Connection
- Small ‘Park and Ride’ and a bus loop
- Community Activity Centre with planning and development underway for Transit Oriented Development
- Land acquisition near completion and the project is shovel ready
Estimated $160 million (Class 5 cost estimate)
Detailed design and construction can begin immediately to be ready for the Airport Transit Connector between the Blue Line and Airport Terminal.
Max 301 North Central BRT
This project will improve transit on the Centre Street corridor in north-central Calgary by connecting people to employment and housing opportunities.
Improvements that will be made enable the corridor to be a flexible and convertible mobility corridor in advance of the future Green Line North LRT extension.
Funding for the MAX 301 North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) - Convertible Corridor will complete long-term improvements along the entire Centre St. North transit corridor.
Improvements will enable the corridor to be a flexible and convertible mobility corridor in advance of the future Green Line North LRT extension.
- Estimated 12,500 passengers per weekday
- Saves up to 5,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year
- Estimated 50,100 Calgarians living within 800m of the station in 2048
- Estimated 15,900 jobs within 800m of the station in 2028
- Estimated 2,153 regional jobs during construction period
- Contributes to mode progression and increased transit services along the Green Line North corridor
- Provides improved mobility for communities in North Central Calgary to MAX Orange BRT providing services to northeast and northwest Calgary (including SAIT, ACAD and the University of Calgary)
- 13.5 km of improvements on Centre Street N
- Construction of a transitway north of Beddington Trail N
- Queue jumps and traffic signal priority south of Beddington Trail N
- Enhanced heated shelters along the alignment
Currently funding for short- and medium-term improvements of $50 Million has been secured. Preliminary engineering and detailed design are required to complete MAX 301 North Central BRT improvements along the entire Centre St. transit corridor.
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Foothills Multisport Fieldhouse
A multisport fieldhouse at Foothills Athletic Park addresses the need for indoor practice and play space and positions Calgary as a training and competition destination unique in Canada.
This facility responds to an existing gap in indoor practice and play space in Calgary. It creates year-round opportunities for Calgarians to play, practice and compete, raising Calgary’s profile as training and competition destination unique in Canada.
Event hosting supports the regional economy and offers residents memories that last a lifetime.
- Enables Calgary to host national and international competitions, stimulating the economy through increased sport tourism
- Raises the profile of Calgary, Alberta, and Canada as a world-class sport tourism and training destination
- Improves local access to recreation facilities
- Builds community and catalyzes future redevelopment of the Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Stadium lands
The Future of Sport:
- Addresses a gap in indoor practice and play space in Calgary
- Supports a wide range of sports played at various levels (emerging, recreational, grassroots, competitive)
- Provides space for training and competition for high-performance athletes
- Estimated 1,500 jobs through construction and operations*
- Increase to Calgary’s Gross Domestic Product: $218 million*
- Increase in annual economic activity: $8.26 to $20.65 million*
*Provided by Tourism Calgary
The Foothills Multisport Fieldhouse will accommodate field sports, court sports and athletics and will serve as a community hub with onsite community services and gathering space.
- FIFA-sized rectangular field
- Track and field amenities built to World Athletics standards
- Court space
- Fitness centre
- Multipurpose rooms
Estimated $380 million (Class 5 cost estimate)
The City of Calgary has earmarked $109 million towards the project. This represents a significant opportunity for other levels of government, the private sector and public institutions to leverage available funding towards shared outcomes.
The timeline to complete the project is estimated to be five years from the time funding becomes available.
Calgary at a glance
Calgary is one of the most liveable cities on the planet, recently ranking third most liveable by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
We have an excellent quality of life, a vibrant arts and culture scene, low taxes and access to the best Mother Nature has to offer with the majestic Rocky Mountains only an hour’s drive away.
Doing business in Calgary is friendly and our entrepreneurial spirit runs deep.
With affordable downtown office space, we aim to cut red tape, enable innovation and nurture our growing startup and small business economy, equipped with an educated and high-tech workforce.
The highest personal income per capita of Canada’s major cities
The highest head office concentration in Canada
The second lowest cost of living in the country
The highest GDP per capita of major Canadian cities
thousands of new residents arriving annually from across Canada and the world.