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Green Line LRT Project

Building the Green Line

Green Line is an investment in Calgary

The Green Line LRT is the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history. With $4.9 billion in commitments from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and City of Calgary, Green Line will play a vital role in shaping our city’s future. From kick-starting our economy with 20,000 jobs to connecting people and places to reducing congestion on our roads, Green Line will help build the Calgary of tomorrow.

Stage 1 construction

Stage 1, which was approved on June 16, 2020, includes track and stations from Shepard (126 Avenue S.E.) to 16 Avenue N., including BRT improvements in North Central Calgary and a Maintenance and Facility Station at Shepard. 

Stage 1 opening day

Benefits:

  • Carry 60,000 to 65,000 Calgarians.
  • Serve all Calgarians by connecting to major activity, employment and industrial centres outside the downtown core (Quarry Park, Douglas Glen, South Hill) and many existing community services such as recreation centres, parks and libraries.
  • Connect over 2,300 existing affordable housing units.
  • Support business and employee travel choices for 191,000 existing jobs.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases by 30,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 6,000 vehicles being taken off the road on opening day.
  • Construction on the first 20 km of the Green Line LRT is anticipated to begin in 2021 and will extend from Shepard station to 16 Avenue N.

Highlights:

  • 15 new stations from Shepard station to 16 Avenue N. station
  • North Central BRT improvements between 160 Avenue N. and 16 Avenue N.
  • Three segments of construction:
    • Segment 1:  Shepard station to Ramsay/Inglewood station
    • Segment 2a: Ramsay/Inglewood station to 2 Avenue S.W. station
    • Segment 2b: 2 Avenue S.W. station to 16 Avenue N. station
  • Frequency: Every 10 minutes, 15 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Ride Time: 37 minutes (Shepard S.E. – 16 Avenue N.)
  • Capital Construction Cost: $4.903B

Construction of Segment 1 - Shepard to Ramsay/Inglewood

Construction of tracks and stations for segment 1, Shepard to Ramsay/Inglewood, will begin in 2021. The initial Request for Proposals (RFP) for segment 1 was released to market on July 24,2020.

After significant engagement with the provincial government following their review of the Green Line LRT Project, we believe it is necessary to pause the current segment 1 procurement. It is not uncommon for mega projects, such as the Green Line LRT, to continue to be evaluated and adjusted if needed, given the period of time required for completion. New timelines for segment 1 will be released once the discussions with the provincial government are completed.

Future stages

In total, the Green Line will be 46 kilometres of Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Seton in the southeast to 160 Avenue N. This line will almost double the existing LRT network. A project of this size cannot be built all at once. Much like the Red and Blue Lines, the Green Line will be built in stages.

Once the first stage is complete, the line will be expanded incrementally to the north and southeast as additional funds become available. 

Land acquisitions

Information for property owners

Property owners that could be impacted by the future Green Line LRT route have been contacted by The City through a series of letters since March 2016. Future stages projects are in an early design stage and exact property impacts are still being refined. In most cases only a portion of a property will be required to accommodate the Green Line, however there are some instances where a full property will be required. As we move along in the design phase these property impacts will become clearer.

Read our FAQ for more information on the property acquisition process for Green Line. 

Approved in 2017, The Green Line LRT extends from Seton S.E. to 160 Avenue N. and will provide improved mobility options for Calgarians in the north and southeast of the city.

This $4.9B investment in our City will be built in stages as funding becomes available. Stage 1 will begin construction in 2021.