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Green Line LRT Project

Green Line Frequently Asked Questions

As the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history, Green Line will help shape our city’s future. Here you’ll find answers to questions about how the Green Line will affect our economy, transit system, community development, the environment and more. You’ll also learn how The City will continue to engage with Calgarians.

Will the provincial review of the Green Line LRT project result in delays in the project schedule?

The provincial government conducted a review of the Green Line LRT project, which concluded in October 2020. After significant engagement with the provincial government following their review, we believe it is necessary to pause the current segment 1 procurement. A pause enables the Project Team to explore alternative procurement models, while protecting the integrity of the process and the City’s reputation.

As joint funding partners we remain committed to take the time needed to address the province’s additional objectives, and we are hopeful we can resolve those questions in early 2021.

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. The project team continues to progress with the significant amount of work underway including enabling works, functional planning and other procurement required to deliver the Green Line LRT.

The Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary have committed funding to the Green Line LRT project. The City of Calgary remains committed to delivering on the Green Line LRT vision of a city-shaping project that will improve mobility in north and southeast Calgary, that connects people and places, and that will enhance the quality of life for all Calgarians. We are confident Green Line is being managed in a financially responsible way to maximize Albertans’ investment in the future, and we are committed to working with the provincial government to ensure the completion of this key infrastructure project.

Can Calgary afford to build the Green Line? How is it being funded?

Stage 1 of the Green Line is already fully funded. The project has received unprecedented contributions from the Government of Canada, the Alberta Government and The City of Calgary for a total investment of $4.9 billion.

  • Stage 1 builds the core of the project and will enable future incremental expansion as funding is available to realize the full benefits of Green Line.
  • This investment in Calgary will keep tax dollars in our city, provide improved mobility choices, boost development and economic recovery, and connect Calgarians to an integrated transit network.
  • Stage 1 will generate over 20,000 jobs, both direct and supporting.
  • This investment in Calgary today will contribute to our City’s recovery in the future.

What’s the route for Stage 1 Green Line?

The updated Stage 1 route will build the first 20 km of the full 46 km LRT vision, while also making improvements to the existing BRT service along Centre Street N.

  • Stage 1, from 16 Avenue N. to 126 Avenue S.E. builds the core of the project and will enable future incremental expansion north and south, as funding is available to realize the full benefits of the Green Line LRT.
  • Stage 1 Green Line will be constructed in two segments.
  • Segment 1 will run from Ramsay/Inglewood to Shepard (126th Ave. S.E.) stations. Construction on segment 1 is expected to begin in late 2021.
  • Segment 2 will extend from 16 Avenue N. to Ramsay/Inglewoood and includes the bridges over the Bow River and Elbow River, tunnel through Beltline and Downtown, and North Central BRT improvements. Planning for segment 2 is underway and is expected to begin construction in 2022. 

How has planning changed for Stage 1 of the Green Line?

In the summer of 2019, the Green Line LRT team advised City Council about the need to re-evaluate Stage 1 to address concerns around project budget, construction risk and customer experience.

  • The Council approved changes to the Stage 1 alignment allow us to deliver a high-value transit service within our approved budget.
  • The City is committed to providing a fast, reliable and frequent transit service to Calgarians in northcentral and southeast Calgary, where improved transit is needed.

Is all the planning done for the Green Line?

Over the next year we’ll continue to engage with Calgarians on things like bridge design, streetscape on Centre Street N and finalizing station locations and entrances. We’ll also be conducting traffic and access studies to understand the impacts and mitigations for changing traffic patterns and property access north of the Bow River.

How will Green Line keep Calgarians moving in the future?

The Green Line is the next step for completing Calgary’s rapid transit network providing seamless connectivity with the existing Red and Blue LRT lines and four MAX bus rapid transit routes.

  • Green Line will improve mobility choices delivering a high-quality transit service that is fast, frequent and reliable. Calgary’s LRT system will carry over 110 million people a year.
  • Once fully built, 250,000 Calgarians will live within a 15-minute bus trip of the Green Line alignment. 
  • On opening day Green Line will serve up to 65,000 customers daily.
  • Stage 1 of the Green Line will connect more Calgarians with downtown and other employment hubs such as post-secondary institutions, Quarry Park and the southeast industrial area across the city by providing critical connections to the transit network.
  • Stage 1 will provide access to nearly 200,000 jobs within walking distance of planned Green Line stations on opening day.
  • Green Line will also connect Calgarians and visitors directly to Calgary’s art, cultural, and entertainment destinations — bringing people to support local restaurants, shops and businesses.

How will Green Line help Calgary’s economic recovery?

With unprecedented investments totalling $4.9 billion from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary, the Green Line LRT project is the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history. The City has identified transportation infrastructure projects as an important part of our economic recovery and shovel-ready projects are being prioritized to stimulate the economy and get people working.

  • Stage 1 will generate over 20,000 jobs, both direct and supporting.
  • Stage 1 will provide access to nearly 200,000 jobs within walking distance of planned Green Line stations on opening day.
  • The Enabling Works program is keeping people in Calgary working today and will continue to generate jobs between now and when the main construction is scheduled to start in 2021.
  • Green Line will provide $2.2 billion in mobility, environmental and quality of life benefits for Calgarians and $2 billion in property value uplift by 2040.

What social benefits will Green Line bring to Calgary communities?

The Green Line will be integrated into communities, providing a focal point for current and future development and community amenities.

  • A more accessible city – on opening day, 68,000 people will live within walking distance and over 900 community, educational, social service, recreational, or commercial activity centres can be reached using the Green Line LRT.
  •  As the city grows, there is a need to make balanced investment choices to ensure all Calgarians can live, work and play sustainably and affordably, connecting people to destinations across the city. 

How will Green Line improve environmental sustainability?

The Green Line will attract new transit riders, reducing the distance people drive which will save over 30,000 tonnes of GHGs per year, equivalent to 6,100 vehicles.

  • Investment in transit provides environmental benefits that extend beyond the reduction of GHG. Improved, higher quality transit service and complete communities attract higher levels of ridership, decreasing the environmental impacts associated with urban travel.
  • The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) has outlined the public health benefits of public transit to include improved urban air quality and increased physical activity. Reduction in greenhouse gases and social health benefits are realized by maximizing transit investment.
  • The City of Calgary is committed to reducing GHG from its corporate operations, through energy efficiency and conservation programs and a shift to using lower carbon and renewable energy sources. 

How will Green Line help businesses manage the impacts of construction?

Through our Business Support Program, Green Line will help businesses and communities prepare for and manage the impacts of construction.

Why is a Business Support Program needed?

Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT runs from 16 Avenue N. to 126 Avenue S.E. It includes 20 km of linear track, with an alignment which runs through more than 15 communities and alongside hundreds of businesses. While we are all focused on the long-term vision and the benefits the Green Line will deliver on opening day, it is important to understand that the period of construction of the Green Line LRT will be disruptive and that we all need to be prepared. Green Line is committed to working with businesses and communities in advance of construction to ensure that impacted stakeholders have the information they need to be prepared for construction, and so that we can all be better equipped to manage the impacts of LRT construction.

What will a Business Support Program do?

Throughout construction, the Green Line LRT project team will work to maintain open lines of communication with impacted stakeholders, ensuring there are regular updates and providing advance notice of planned disruptions. There will be a team equipped to respond to public concerns, address issues and support timely resolution. As part of the Business Support Program, Green Line LRT will establish a Business Insights Panel and the team will facilitate regular opportunities for businesses and communities to ask questions about Green Line construction activity. The team will also provide opportunities to work collaboratively with The City to develop both City and community-driven ideas to support impacted businesses and communities throughout the extended construction period. Potential initiatives could include things like providing detour communications for impacted businesses, improved signage and wayfinding, or initiatives that may require greater coordination and effort like special events/programming.

Visit www.engage.calgary.ca/greenline/business-support to learn more about the Business Support Program and to provide your input. Complete the business survey to share information about your business. Sign up for our newsletter to hear about opportunities to connect with us and be part of this process.


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