About the project

The City of Calgary is undertaking a study to develop functional-level plans for a cross-town transit connection between the Green Line and Blue Line, with a connection to the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

The Airport Transit Study will provide recommendations for:

  • Transit technology
  • Route alignment, as well as number and location of potential stations, between the future 96 Avenue N.E. Green Line station and 19 Street N.E.
  • Location for a storage and maintenance facility
  • Land requirements
  • Staging plan and cost estimates

We are conducting this study now to ensure the future airport connection is:

  • Coordinated with the pre-design planning for the Blue Line extension that is currently underway
  • Aligned with the updated functional plan for Green Line
  • Accommodated in the Aurora Business Park Outline Plan update
  • Considered in the Airport Authority Master Plan update (ongoing)

There is currently no funding for the design or construction of this connection.

The Airport Transit Study began in 2017. To build a solid foundation for the project, and to ensure we were able to engage the public in a meaningful way, we have:

  • Built a relationship with the Calgary International Airport and worked to understand their future plans
  • Conducted research to:
    • Understand unique ridership projections associated with airport travel
    • Investigate airports across North America with rail connections to understand their peak periods and ridership
  • Consulted industry experts in airport transit
  • Conducted technical analysis and screening to:
    • Understand technical constraints unique to the airport (e.g. NAV CANADA requirements, Airport Tunnel)
    • Screen technology options to short-list those that can accommodate future ridership, have been proven to operate in weather conditions similar to Calgary, and address technical constraints

Provide your input

The Airport Transit Study team is seeking input from the public on:

  • Public, customer and community study goals
  • Considerations for determining:
    • Transit technology
    • Route alignment between the Green Line and 19 Street N.E.
    • Station locations between the Green Line and 19 Street N.E.
  • Concerns and opportunities

The following questions should take about 10 minutes to read and complete. Please click the Submit button in each tab after you have provided your feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Airport Transit Study and for sharing your ideas with us!


Technology

Several technologies used around the world were screened and short-listed using the following criteria (among others):

  • Capacity: can the technology meet ridership demands in the future?
  • Proven technology: is it reliable? Can it operate in a climate like Calgary’s and is it being used elsewhere successfully?
  • Technical constraints: does it meet NAV CANADA restrictions? Does it integrate with existing LRT technology and can it fit in the Airport Tunnel?

This technical analysis has resulted in the following technologies being put forward for further consideration:


Further analysis and evaluation will be done to identify the recommended technology for the connection. Please identify up to three evaluation criteria, from those listed below, that you believe are most important when making the final decision.
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Alignment & Station Locations

The alignment and station locations for the connection between the Green Line and Blue Line has been set east of 19 Street N.E. through previous Council-approved functional plans. The alignment and station locations from 19 Street N.E. to the future 96 Avenue N.E. Green Line station will be recommended as part of this study.

Airport Transit Study Area

Airport Transit Study Area

The following are some of the criteria that will be used to evaluate alignment options (among others).

Please identify up to three evaluation criteria, from those listed below, that you believe are most important when determining where the alignment and stations should go.
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Public, Customer & Community Goals

Please share your thoughts to help us build the public, transit customer and community goals.
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Next steps

The What We Heard reports for both the online and in-person Phase 1 engagements will be posted online in Summer 2018.

The project team will then use the input from Phase 1 to develop the public, customer and community goals for the project, and to inform the development of the evaluation criteria for the study. Once the goals and evaluation criteria have been identified, the project team will complete the technical review and develop design concepts with potential alignment(s) and station locations.

Calgary.ca/AirportTransitStudy for more information.