PLANNING THE GREEN LINE

An updated Stage 1 alignment for Green Line was approved by Council in June 2020. Detailed design and construction on Segment 1 (Inglewood/Ramsay to Shepard) will begin in 2021, following a competitive procurement process. Council’s approval also sets the stage for more detailed planning for the Segment 2 alignment that extends from 16th Avenue North to Inglewood/Ramsay and includes bridges over the Bow River and Elbow River, tunnel through Beltline and Downtown, and North Central BRT improvements.

In Segment 2 we are moving to a process called functional design. 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 North and in surrounding communities, as well as what requirements LRT stations will have. It also includes a Streetscape Master Plan for Centre Street N, North BRT Study and design concepts for the new Bow River bridge. The functional plan will be completed by spring 2021 and will set the stage for procurement in fall 2021. For more information on this work, please click here.


APPROVED STAGE ONE ALIGNMENT

On Tuesday, June 16, City Council approved Administration’s Green Line recommendation on the updated Stage 1 alignment (from 16 Avenue N. to Shepard) along with changes to construction staging.

“Council’s approval today is a pivotal step in achieving the vision of Green Line promised to Calgarians,” said Michael Thompson, General Manager of Green Line. “The Green Line will improve mobility for all Calgarians connecting communities, employment hubs and key destinations across the city.”

In addition to approving the alignment, Council approved a new construction staging strategy. Administration’s recommendations reflect many thoughtful conversations since the June 1st Green Line Committee meeting with Council and stakeholders and balance the commitment to move forward with Stage 1, with the desire for greater certainty around managing risks.

The updated Stage 1 alignment can be delivered within budget, reduces project risks, and improves customer experience while achieving the project vision.

Green Line Stage 1 will be constructed in three segments:

  • Segment 1 from 126 Avenue S.E. to the Elbow River (includes nine stations)
  • Segment 2 from the Elbow River to 16 Avenue N. (includes six stations and has been divided into 2 smaller segments)
    • Segment 2A: 2 Avenue SW station to Elbow River
    • Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N to north of 2 Avenue SW station

Construction of Stage 1 is a pivotal first step in achieving Green Line’s vision.

The total investment of $4.903 Billion will create an estimated 12,000 direct and 8,000 indirect jobs. This is significant and comes at a critical time when it is important to bolster Calgary’s economy. Green Line will be ready to service the needs of Calgarians when Calgarians are ready for economic recovery.

The Green Line will connect Calgarians to social and cultural destinations, and promote affordable housing and transit oriented development. It will also reduce greenhouse gases by 30,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 6,000 vehicles being taken off the road on opening day.

Flip through the pages below to learn more about Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT. You can view in full screen mode by clicking in the centre of the image. If you prefer to download the file, click here.

ABOUT THE GREEN LINE

The Green Line LRT is the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history. With $4.9 billion in unprecedented investments from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and City of Calgary, Green Line will play a key role in shaping our city’s future. The Green Line will kick-start our economy with 20,000 jobs. Connect people and places. And reduce congestion on our roads. Green Line will help build the Calgary of tomorrow.

Green Line Vision: A city-shaping transit service that improves mobility in communities in north and southeast Calgary, connecting people and place, and enhancing the quality of life.

Like Calgary’s current LRT lines, the Green Line will be built in stages as funding becomes available.

At a Glance, the Green Line when completed, will:

  • Serve Calgarians in 27+ communities
  • Serve 60,000-65,000 LRT customers daily
  • Support over 220,000 to 240,000 trips per day
  • Consist of 46 km of track
  • Include 28 stations (+1 with new 9 Avenue N station)
  • Provide a future airport connection
  • Support future Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in 10 stations areas

Green Line serves the mobility needs of Calgarians:

Green Line improves mobility choices.

  • Green Line will deliver high-quality transit service to Calgarians in north central and southeast communities.

Green Line connects people and places.

  • Construction of the Green Line is our next step towards completing Calgary’s transit network.

Green Line enhances quality of life.

  • Along with the MAX Bus Rapid Transit lines, Calgarians will have fast, frequent, reliable transit service that connects communities, employment hubs, and key destinations across the city.


UPCOMING WORK

To complete the functional planning for Segment 2, a number of projects, studies and analysis needs to be completed in the area and north of 16th Avenue, including environmental studies, access planning, station location analysis, investigative drilling along the updated alignment, structural design, pathway and pedestrian connection studies and more.

There are four initiatives as part of Planning the Green Line that will be kicking off public engagement in late 2020 and early 2021. These are:

  • Bow River Bridge
  • North Mobility Studies
  • Streetscape Masterplan for Centre Street North
  • North Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study

We recognize that a significant amount of public engagement has occurred in your communities in the past; that input will also be taken into consideration as we continue public engagement through 2020 & 2021.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Eau Claire Improvements Project Information Sessions

The Green Line team will be participating in the upcoming series of virtual information sessions for the Eau Claire Improvement projects.

Attend these virtual sessions to learn what was approved in June, what the team's been working on, and what engagement opportunities are coming up.

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Planning the Green Line, Engagement

This Fall & Winter we will be undertaking a coordinated engagement approach to gather input to inform the functional planning for Segment 2.

We will start with virtual information sessions in October, and move to a geographic based approach in November, to collect input to inform the three major planning initiatives, including: the North Mobility Studies, Streetscape Masterplan for Centre Street North and the North Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study that make up Segment 2 Planning. Engagement for planning of the Bow River bridge will also take place during this time.

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BOW RIVER BRIDGE

Planning for design of the Bow River bridge.


Coming soon.

NORTH ZONE

160 Avenue N to McKnight Boulevard


Coming soon.

CENTRAL ZONE

McKnight Boulevard to 16 Avenue N


Coming soon.

SOUTH ZONE

16 Avenue N to North of the Bow River.


Coming soon.

DOWNTOWN ZONE

South of the Bow River to the Elbow River.


Coming soon.


PAST ENGAGEMENT

Over the past few years, we’ve heard from Calgarians about the importance of the Green Line to Calgary and their communities. This has included extensive feedback that will continue to be will be used as we continue planning and finalizing the functional design.

To learn about past engagement that has informed the Green Line project, please visit the archive.