Green Line LRT

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Image Credit: City of Calgary

Ranking for 2016: 8

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: LRT

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $4,500,000,000

Federal: Public Transit Fund: $1.53 billion

Government Funds Involved: In July 2015, a federal funding announcement was made for the line, with up to $1.5 billion from the Public Transit Fund pledged to the project. The City of Calgary is now waiting to hear from the provincial government, who had originally stated they would not commit funding until a finalized plan is in place.

Funding Source: P3

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2021

LEED: N/A


The Green Line will span 40 kilometres, from North Pointe in the north to Seton in the southeast, almost doubling the size of Calgary’s LRT network. The line will run low-floor trains, enabling the stations along the route to be integrated into neighbouring communities, and providing better accessibility for customers. The initial plans were for the Green Line to be constructed as a bus-only transitway, but was later converted to LRT as funding became available.

In April of 2016, the Green Line LRT project team shared its Centre City alignment evaluation, in which the city analyzed five possible routes through the downtown core and provided its input. The recommendation accepted by the transportation and transit committee was to go ahead with an underground tunnel option, which was the most expensive of all of the options presented, approximately more than the other four options considered (which would grow the overall expected cost to $5 billion).

While additional options for portions of the route continue to be considered, the project is in need of a funding commitment by the provincial government in order to move forward.


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