Calgary City Council is moving the Green Line LRT project forward with the approval of the updated Stage 1 alignment (from 16 Avenue N. to Shepard) along with changes to construction staging.
The updated route for the line will take LRT passengers north/south from 16 Avenue N. to Shepard Station at the southeast end of the city.
“Stage 1 builds the core of the Green Line long-term vision and will enable future incremental expansion as funding is available to realize the full benefits of the rapid transit network,” said Michael Thompson, general manager of Green Line.
Green Line Stage 1 will be constructed in three segments:
- Segment 1: Elbow River to Shepard
- Segment 2A: 2 Avenue SW station to Elbow River
- Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N to north of 2 Avenue SW station
The city council also approved Segment 1’s new construction staging strategy, with the Request for Qualification shortlisted proponents announced this June and calls for a Request for Proposals to be released no later than July 24, 2020.
The first phase will be delivered as a design build finance project. However, the city notes the detailed design and construction of Segment 1 will begin in 2021.
“High quality transit, like LRT, is a necessity for cities to grow, be attractive to entrepreneurs and a talented workforce, and to be competitive economic centres locally and internationally. Green Line is planned for long-term city shaping and spurring redevelopment and investment opportunities in Calgary and will be an important part of the city’s recovery generating 20,000 jobs,” said Thompson.
The $5 billion, 46 kilometre Green Line is the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history.