Green Line project history and milestones
The Green Line has been planned for Calgary’s future since the 1980s. The Green Line was initially planned to be built as bus-only lanes called a transitway. While a transitway would not provide the capacity and reliability of an LRT service, this option would improve service in communities, without the significant initial capital investment required for LRT. The transitway was planned to be extended and converted into an LRT line in the future, as funding became available.
In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced that up to $1.53 billion from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund would be awarded to the Green Line as an LRT project. This announcement offered the opportunity to explore building the Green Line as an LRT from the beginning, providing all three levels of government could provide matching contributions. As of July 2017, all three levels of government have announced funding support for Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT totaling $4.903 billion.
Building the Green Line: Stage 1 2021 – 2027
From 2018 to 2021 we are completing projects such as utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation, and transit improvements typically require long lead times and ample resources. Proactively completing these projects in advance of major Green Line construction will help manage project timelines and risks, and will allow future Green Line construction to occur more efficiently.
Construction of tracks and stations for segment 1, 4 Street S.E. to Shepard, will begin in 2021. Details about the construction schedule will be available once we have secured a contractor.
Construction of tracks and stations for segment 2a, 2 Street S.W. to 4 Street S.W. will begin in 2022. Construction of tracks and stations for segment 2b, 16 Avenue N to 2Street S.W., will begin in 2024. More details about the construction schedule will be available once we have secured a contractor.
Construction of Stage 1 of the Green Line is expected to be completed in 2027. An opening day for the Green Line will be announced as construction progresses.
Planning the Green Line 2012- 2020
In 2012, The City began planning for, what was then known as, the North Central LRT. A new LRT line that would connect Calgarians from the Northern Hills Communities to downtown. Through this planning it was determined the NCLRT and the Green Line SE would be one continuous line, connecting in the Centre City.
Council approval for bus-only Transitway, with plans to convert to low-floor LRT.
The project became known as the SETWAY. Council approved this plan and directed The City to continue engagement with key stakeholders to finalize station locations and Transit Oriented Development opportunities and to report back with a plan explaining the population and land use data on which the ridership forecasts were prepared.
Council allocates $52 million/year in tax room from 2015-2024.
These funds are used to create a dedicated transit fund to build the North Central and Southeast Green Line. The southeast leg of this project is re-named to the Green Line Southeast Transitway.
Administration presented recommendations of Green Line North (formerly known as North Central LRT) Route Planning Study Recommendations (TT2014-0916).
Work Plan for Green Line SE approved
The work plan outlined the Green Line Southeast magnitude and complexity, project milestones until construction start, and potential early roadwork projects.
This approval set the route down Centre Street North and connected the Green Line SE and North Central LRT as one route.
Federal Government commits $1.5 billion for Green Line LRT
In summer 2015 the Government of Canada committed funding for a Green Line LRT officially converting the project from a bus-based transit system to an LRT.
Green Line SE Engagement
The Green Line team hosted many public engagement opportunities to finalize the southeast route.
In October 2016 the Centre City alignment of an underground tunnel and four stations was approved by Council.
Beltline Alignment Approval
In December 2016, the Beltline alignment of 12 Avenue underground with a station at Centre Street was approved, finalizing a 4 km tunnel to connect the Green Line North and Green Line Southeast.
City Council approved Green Line LRT long-term vision, including a 46 km route from 160 Avenue N to Seton, 28 station locations, and Transit Orientated Development (TOD) plans. Stage 1 of construction was also approved to extend from 16 Avenue N to 126 Avenue SE, including 14 stations.
Provincial funding announcement
The Government of Alberta pledged up to $1.53 billion over eight years to support Stage 1 construction of the Green Line LRT. The funds will come from the Climate Leadership Plan.
The project team continued to refine the design and challenge assumptions made during the preliminary design phase of the project to prepare for the release of contract documents. This work primarily focused on the constructability of the 4 kilometre tunnel.
On January 30, 2019 the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary signed a funding agreement for the Green Line LRT. This agreement marked a major milestone for the Green Line project and finalized the joint investment in Calgary of nearly $5 billion by all three levels of government.
Light Rail Vehicle
In February, the RFQ for a new fleet of low floor LRV’s was released in Q1 of 2019.
Council approves splitting Stage 1 into two contracts
In July, Stage 1 of the Green Line has been split into two contracts, 4 Street S.E. to Shepard and 16 Avenue N to 4 Street S.E. to accommodate further review of the downtown and Beltline alignment.
Release Request for Qualifications for Segment 1
In August, the RFQ for construction of segment 1, 4 Street S.E. to Shepard was released. We received information from interested bidders on their qualifications to work on the project.
On Tuesday, January 28 the Green Line team presented an updated Stage 1 of the Green Line route to City Council. These changes will help address construction risk, cost and customer experience concern on the project.
Engagement on the changes followed.
The City recommends an updated Stage 1 Alignment to Council
In March 2020 Administration recommended an updated Stage 1 alignment through the Centre City, the updated alignment will go to Council in June.
Release Request for Proposals for Segment 1 (4 Street S.E. to Shepard)
The RFP for segment 1, 4 Street S.E. to Shepard, has been released to a shortlisted group of successful proponents identified through the RFQ process.
Engagement on the Green Line
The future Green Line LRT will touch numerous communities and areas, each with unique identities, and diverse area planning needs. The public engagement process strives to accommodate and respect the individuality of each community while facilitating meaningful dialogue to gather the necessary design information. In most cases, public input is one of many factors that must be considered by the project team when making decisions. Other factors include cost, community impact, environmental considerations, technical feasibility, etc.
Starting in 2015, the Green Line team has worked closely with communities, businesses, developers, and other key stakeholders along the route to identify opportunities, understand and mitigate community concerns. The engagement process enabled the team to understand and align with community objectives while balancing the needs of transit customers.