Green Line LRT

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Image Credit: City of Calgary

Ranking for 2017: 11

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: 2026


The Green Line light rail transit system will add 28 stations and 46 kilometres of track to Calgary’s existing LRT system. The line will run from 16th Avenue north to 126 Avenue SE, with an underground tunnel for the downtown portion of the system. 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 May of 2017, Calgary city council approved the route by a vote of 12-3. In early July, the last portion of the needed funding was secured, with the Government of Alberta committing approximately $1.53 billion to the project. The province had already contributed $148 million through its GreenTRIP funding in December of 2016.

The current project schedule calls for construction to begin in 2020, with a completion date of 2026.


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