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Green Line LRT Project

Planning the Green Line

Segment 2 (4 Street S.E. to 16 Avenue N.)

In 2020 and early 2021, we conducted a variety of engagement opportunities for Calgarians to help inform functional planning for project areas in segment 2 (4 Street S.E. to 16 Avenue North), including Planning in Crescent Heights (Streetscape Masterplan for Centre Street North and Crescent Heights Mobility Study), North Central Mobility and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Studies and the Bow River bridge. These opportunities included virtual workshops, online engagement and stakeholder meetings.

For more detail on our engagement and the top themes that emerged, please refer to a summary of What We Heard.

Current engagement

Planning in Crescent Heights, Bow River LRT bridge, segment 2A (downtown & Beltline) and North Central Mobility and BRT Studies

From April 15-22, 2021, we will be hosting a series of virtual information sessions to share final project plans and recommendations before they are presented to the Green Line Committee this spring.

Virtual information sessions will feature a formal presentation and question & answer period. We will also be hosting two drop-in style open house events to provide an opportunity to connect with the project team and ask questions. Details are as follows:

Downtown/Beltline (segment 2A) virtual presentation

Learn about updates to the functional plan, including recommendations for the Green Line LRT tunnel alignment from Elbow River to 2 Avenue S.W. Updated concepts and plans will be presented.

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Sign up here
  • Session will include a presentation and opportunity to ask questions

Planning in Crescent Heights virtual presentation

Learn about the updated Streetscape Masterplan for Centre Street North as well as final recommendations from the Crescent Heights Mobility Study. Updated plans and visual renderings will be shown.

  • Monday, April 19, 2021, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Sign up here
  • Session will include a presentation and opportunity to ask questions

Bow River LRT bridge virtual presentation

Learn about progress on the Bow River LRT bridge and area pathways, as the project team presents refined plans. Information regarding how the bridge will integrate into the Eau Claire area will also be presented at this session.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Sign up here
  • Session will include a presentation and opportunity to ask questions

North Central Mobility & Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Studies virtual presentation

Learn about final recommendations for mobility and BRT improvements in north central Calgary. Updated plans will be presented.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Sign up here
  • Session will include a presentation and opportunity to ask questions

Information sessions

Connect with members of the Green Line project teams to learn about updated plans and ask questions. These are identical drop-in events with no formal schedule, participants may join at any time during the open house.  

  • Friday, April 16, 2021, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Sign up here
  • No formal presentation; join at any time to ask questions
  • Project teams in attendance: Green Line, Streetscape Master Plan for Centre Street N., North Mobility Studies, North Central BRT & Mobility Studies.

Functional planning in Crescent Heights, Eau Claire and North Calgary

In segment 2 of the Green Line LRT project (4 Street S.E. to 16 Avenue North) we are moving to a process called functional planning. This is where we better understand the unique engineering requirements and any specific issues that need to be addressed to develop detailed functional plans for the project.

Completing the functional plan for segment 2 includes examining how the LRT will change travel patterns on Centre Street N. and in surrounding communities, as well as what requirements LRT stations will have. A number of projects, studies and analysis needs to be completed in the area and north of 16 Avenue, including environmental studies, access planning, station location analysis, investigative drilling along the updated alignment, structural design, pathway and pedestrian connection studies and more.

Four projects are included within this functional planning work, including Streetscape Master Plan for Centre Street N., North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study, North Central Mobility Studies and the  Bow River bridge. The functional plans will be completed by spring 2021.

Bow River & Elbow River LRT bridges

Engagement

In 2020, we gathered your input and ideas to inform the development of concepts for the Bow River bridge that support mobility while respecting the importance of Prince’s Island. Then, in February 2021, we asked you about options for the form of the Bow River LRT bridge and how to incorporate a multi-use pathway for walking and wheeling.

We have heard from Calgarians about the importance of good connections at both ends of the bridge, the need to design for people who walk and wheel while ensuring their safety, as well as the LRT and the importance of protecting Prince’s Island Park and the Eau Claire Promenade. We have also heard that respectful and effective integration into the surrounding communities is essential, such as Chinatown, Eau Claire and Crescent Heights.

At the same time, we're working on designs for the Elbow River bridge to keep communities connected by safeguarding riverside links for walking and wheeling.

In April 2021, we are sharing what we heard and what we will be presenting to City Council. Details will be posted on engage.calgary.ca/greenline

Project details

Bow River bridge – The new Bow River LRT bridge will change Calgary’s landscape as the bridge crosses the Bow River and Prince’s Island to connect Centre Street N. to Eau Claire. It will connect our city in an entirely new way, changing how we move from south to north, providing new opportunities for transit, cycling and pedestrians, and connecting people and communities. Through this project, we are planning the form and features of the new Bow River bridge.

Elbow River bridge – The Elbow River bridge will provide a connection for the Green Line LRT as it crosses the Elbow River between the future 4 Street S.E. and Ramsay/Inglewood stations. We're working on designs for the Elbow River bridge to keep communities connected by safeguarding riverside links for people who walk and bike.  

North Central Mobility Study

Engagement

Beginning in late 2020 and continuing through early 2021, we gathered input from Calgarians and stakeholders to inform our technical work.  We used your input from the first two phases of engagement, to develop our ideas on mobility improvements for all transportation users to support Green Line LRT and improved BRT services.

For the final phase of engagement starting on April 15, we are sharing our proposed list of short-, medium -and long-term recommendations to improve transportation services that will shape the future of mobility in north central Calgary. These mobility enhancements are for all transportation users, including people walking, wheeling, taking transit or driving. For more details on our April 15-22 engagement, please visit engage.calgary.ca/greenline.

Then, in May 2021, we will report back to Council on what we heard and share preliminary concepts and what the next steps will be for improving mobility in the study area. 

Project details

With the addition of the Green Line LRT and North Central BRT, Calgarians are going to move differently throughout Calgary. This study is being conducted to understand how travel patterns may change as a result of future Green Line operations and BRT services. We will share our ideas on how to improve services for all transportation users. Your input will help shape the future of mobility in north Central Calgary.

The study area extends from north of the Bow River to 160 Avenue N., east to Deerfoot Trail and west to Crowchild Trail, with a focus on communities bordering the LRT and BRT routes. This study does not include the community of Crescent Heights, a separate study is being conducted for this area.

The goal is to understand what changes we need to make to our transportation network to support Green Line LRT and the BRT and to ensure safe and efficient movement for people walking, wheeling, taking transit or driving and goods movement in north central Calgary.

Planning in Crescent Heights: Streetscape Master Plan for Centre Street N and Crescent Heights Mobility Study

Engagement

During the first two phases of engagement, from October 2020 to February 2021, we asked Calgarians how they use Centre Street North and their ideas for the future of the street. We learned that Calgarians are excited about the opportunity for the streetscape and public realm improvements that will come with the Green Line LRT. Priorities were put on elements such as creating a sense of place, ensuring pedestrian accessibility, safety, access to businesses and having trees and vegetation.

We also asked for input on challenges and opportunities related to parking and business & community access for all modes of travel.

We used your input to update conceptual plans for streetscape and mobility improvements in Crescent Heights. In April 2021, we will be sharing these updated concepts and recommendations with you, before presenting them to the Green Line Committee this spring.

Details on upcoming virtual information sessions will be posted on engage.calgary.ca/greenline.

Project details

Streetscape Master Plan for Centre Street North: A streetscape master plan is an overall guiding document that will help us determine how Centre Street North will look and feel in the future. The master plan considers:

  • mobility, accessibility, safety and comfort and how the street can be green and healthy
  • how elements such as sidewalks, trees, landscaping, lighting, site furnishings and other street features can work together to improve the pedestrian experience
  • explores opportunities to create vibrant places in the community that promotes social connections and supports the economic vitality of businesses and future development

The boundary for the Centre Street North Streetscape Master Plan extends from 17 Avenue N to the north end of the Centre Street Bridge.

Ideas and input that were obtained through engagement helped us understand community priorities and helped shape the conceptual Streetscape Master Plan.

Crescent Heights Mobility Study: The Green Line LRT running along the surface of Centre Street North will change how people move through the community and access businesses along the corridor. The Crescent Heights Mobility Study aims to understand:

  • how Green Line will change pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle movement along and across Centre Street N.
  • how Green Line affects the availability of short-term parking spaces, which are important to support local businesses
  • what strategies can be implemented to address the changes to mobility and parking in the community

Through the Crescent Heights Mobility Study, we looked at efficient ways to continue to provide community access, discourage cut-through traffic and continue to provide access to businesses along Centre Street N.  Your input helped inform the recommendations for mobility changes.

North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study

Engagement

During public engagement, from October 2020 to March 2021, we asked Calgarians for feedback to help develop recommendations to the BRT corridor, route and stations. From April 15 – 22, 2021, we are sharing recommended concepts for short-, medium-, and long-term investments. These recommendations will be the first step to improve how transit functions in north central Calgary as we plan for the future transition to Green Line LRT.

Through our engagement for this project we have been looking to:

  • Examine the best locations for stations to provide access to key destinations in your community
  • Learn how you currently use and access transit service in your community
  • Explore your BRT service priorities and desires for amenity improvements

Details on upcoming virtual information sessions will be posted on engage.calgary.ca/greenline.

Project details

As Green Line leaves downtown and crosses the Bow River we know that communities to the North must connect to the transit network and that bus service will need to adapt to the new LRT line. The study will consider improvements from downtown along the existing Centre Street and Harvest Hills Boulevard route to 160 Avenue N.

Improvements will benefit transit customers by providing a more direct, reliable service and customer experience by upgrading the existing BRT route up Centre Street to a MAX BRT. Calgary Transit customers have consistently told us that reliability, safety, value for money and convenience are some of the most important aspects of their transit trip. MAX BRT provides customers with:

  • Convenience – fewer stops, signal priority, queue jumps, dedicated lanes, next bus arrival time displays
  • Travel time and reliability – use of transit priority infrastructure gets customers to destinations faster and more reliably
  • Comfort and safety – enhanced lighting, heated shelters, larger platforms
  • Connections – access to more major destinations, and fewer transfers to get to final destinations

Following public engagement, both the North Central Mobility Study and North Central BRT Study will report back to Council in spring 2021 with short-, medium- and long-term recommendations.

Centre Street South Public Realm Improvements

Engagement

Earlier this year there was an opportunity to provide feedback on public realm improvements for Centre Street South from the Riverfront Avenue to 4 Avenue South. The next phase of engagement for this project will take place in spring/summer 2021.

Project details

The Centre Street South Public Realm Improvements project is being done in coordination with the North Central BRT Study to ensure plans are integrated.

The first phase of this project will include working with the community to identify areas of concern and opportunity for potential public realm improvements along Centre Street South from Riverfront Ave to 4 Ave. There will be two rounds of public engagement during the first phase of this project to help inform and develop preliminary concepts. The project team will also work closely with the North Central BRT Study to ensure that any infrastructure or stations that are proposed are integrated to promote the public realm and do not prevent any future improvements.

The first phase of this project is anticipated to be complete by summer 2021.

How to stay involved

Over the past few years, we’ve heard from Calgarians about the importance of the Green Line to Calgary and their communities.

We’ve gathered extensive feedback and we will be using it as we continue planning and finalizing the functional design, but there’s still more areas we want your input on.

Visit the Engage portal to view current opportunities to provide your input from January 28 to late-March 2021.

Subscribe to the Green Line email newsletter to stay up to date on the project and current engagement.

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.

Engagement opportunities

Downtown/Beltline (segment 2A)

Apr. 15 at 6:30-8 p.m.

Planning in Crescent Heights

Apr. 19 at 6:30-8 p.m.

Bow River LRT bridge

Apr. 20 at 6:30-8 p.m.

North Central Mobility & Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Studies

Apr. 21 at 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Information Sessions

Apr. 16 at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Apr. 22 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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