The City of Calgary is evaluating two additional alignment options for Beltline segment of the Green Line LRT

Evaluation of the Beltline alignment options for the future Green Line LRT is underway, and Administration is now considering two additional alignment options to connect the Beltline and Victoria Park to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station.

We’ve included some quick facts about this update below, but you can find more information about each of the options in our Green Line LRT: Beltline Segment Update.

Quick Facts

  • On April 11, 2017, City Council approved Administration’s recommendation for the Green Line to be underground in the Beltline from 2 Street S.W. to MacLeod Trail S.E.

  • Administration has not yet determined how the Green Line will connect from MacLeod Trail S.E. to the Inglewood/Ramsay station

  • Administration is still exploring the MacDonald Avenue S.E. option (MacDonald Ave option) as well as the option that skirts to the north of the Victoria Park Transit Centre (also known as the bus barns or VPTC)

  • Administration is now also exploring two additional alignment options:
    • Transition to 10 Avenue S Option: this would see the line jog north from the Centre Street station on 12 Avenue S to 10 Avenue S, where it would run parallel to the south side of the CP tracks until it reaches the Inglewood/Ramsay station.


    • Staged Option: this would allow the Green Line to skirt the Transit Centre until the Centre is re-located, at which time the Green Line tracks would be re-aligned and a station would be built on the former Transit Centre lands.

  • Cost estimates, including potential land/property costs, for all four options need to be fully understood before Administration can make a recommendation. A targeted cost range for the Beltline to Inglewood/Ramsay segment has been established, and Administration needs to further quantify the capital costs and value to Calgarians of each option.
  • Administration will continue to explore these four options, which will include technical analysis and conversations with stakeholders and the communities
  • Administration intends to take an official recommendation to City Council in June 2017. If further analysis is required for these options, recommendation timelines for this portion of the Green Line alignment can be modified
  • City Council is ultimately responsible for approving the alignment

Learn more about each of the options and how Administration will make a recommendation.


PROVIDE YOUR INPUT ON GREEN LINE IN BELTLINE

ONLINE

Online Engagement from May 4 to 11, 2017

Check back in this space on May 4.

Questions & Comments

Feedback was collected from participants at the March 2 public meeting. That input, as well as additional questions or comments collected here, will be provided as a What We Heard report to the Transportation and Transit Committee meeting on March 15. These questions will also be addressed in an upcoming Question & Answer document.

My comment or question is:

24 April, 2017

KH says:

“The Macdonald Ave alignment is a mistake that doesn't just affect Ramsayites, but ruins a city resource for all Calgarians. Preserve Ramsay.”

24 April, 2017

Jordan says:

“Need to also consider the thousands of people that are riding on the train. Make the travel time as efficient as possible. ”

20 April, 2017

Tim says:

“Don't value engineer this program. NDP needs get their priorities straight and to contribute significantly to the Green Line.”

20 April, 2017

Calgarian says:

“12th Avenue underground with a ramp north of the bus barns is the best solution for this community. Anything else is shortsighted!”

19 April, 2017

Mark H says:

“CPR route north of bus barn will almost be in my backyard and I welcome it. McDonald Ave is not an option. Keep Ramsay whole!”

31 March, 2017

zez says:

“Put the hard rail line underground and run the LRT overthe current rail line is, open the East Village to Victoria Park. Think Long Term.”

27 March, 2017

Ian says:

“North of the Bus Terminal is the only plausible route. If finding a bit more money is what it takes, then find it. ”

26 March, 2017

Hansen says:

“Please stop showing rendering without the LRV overhead wires. This creates a false image of what will be in the communities. ”

25 March, 2017

GoodPlanning says:

“Please consider the community of Ramsay and do not put the train tracks through the community. It is logical to keep the together”

25 March, 2017

EIA says:

“Please respect the neighborhood of Ramsay. This should not cut through the historic neighborhood. ”

25 March, 2017

Ramsayite says:

“What happens in the area where the green line crosses Eighth Ave? Looks like it'll be another barrier between Ramsay & 9th Ave”

23 March, 2017

Tracy says:

“No Access through McDonald Ave. NOT an option. Curve the line up to the North side of the bus Bay from 12th. Saves homes & your bus bay”

IN PERSON

May 4, 2017, 4 – 8 P.M.

Location: Alexandra Dancehall

Address: 922 9 Ave SE

Drop-In to learn about the four options under evaluation to connect the Green Line in Victoria Park to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station and then provide your input. Project team members and technical experts will be on-hand to answer questions about the alignment options.


May 6, 2017, 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Location: The Commons

Address: 1206 20 Ave SE

Drop-In to learn about the four options under evaluation to connect the Green Line in Victoria Park to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station and then provide your input. Project team members and technical experts will be on-hand to answer questions about the alignment options.


ENGAGEMENT ARCHIVE

HISTORY

How did we get here?

Our challenge was to find the best alignment through the Beltline, connecting across the Elbow River to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station.

The Green Line team looked at a number of options for moving through the Beltline. After initial analysis and additional direction from City Council, four potential options, were identified for detailed evaluation and stakeholder engagement.

As of December, 2016, the team will narrow the focus of their evaluation to the two options on 12 Avenue S, as approved by City Council.

PROCESS & CRITERIA

The Beltline alignment options were evaluated using a set of technical, financial, economic and community-focused criteria. Each option was evaluated and compared to understand the relative benefits, opportunities, challenges and trade-offs. Each criteria was weighed equally to maintain an unbiased evaluation process.

As of December, 2016, the project team will narrow the focus of their work to the two alignment options on 12 Avenue S, as approved by City Council.

RESULTS