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Calgary Green LRT Line Stage I plans unveiled; construction begins on BRT line [free access]

May 14, 2017

The City of Calgary has unveiled plans for the development of the Green Line light-rail transit (LRT) Stage I, which will span 20 km, connect 16th Avenue North West in Crescent Heights and 126th Avenue South East in Shepard, and cover 14 stations. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2026. The average daily ridership is estimated at 60,000-65,000 passengers. The line will be operated with a fleet of 70 low-floor light-rail vehicles (LRVs).


The construction cost for the line is estimated at USD3.39 billion, which will be funded by municipal, provincial and federal sources. In 2015, the federal government allocated CAD1.5 billion for the project from its Public Transport Fund. Upon completion of all phases, the line will span 46 km. Plans for the other stages are yet to be announced.


Further, construction work has commenced on the 17 Avenue SE bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Calgary at an estimated investment of CAD158 million. It is expected to be completed by 2018.


The project will be developed in two phases. Phase I involves development of the BRT line from Hubalta Road to 28 Street and upgradation of the road, sidewalks and landscaping along International Avenue. It is being funded by the Government of Alberta’s GreenTRIP fund (CAD64 million) and Calgary’s Municipal Stability Initiative funding (CAD30 million). Phase II involves the development of three bridges, dedicated only to transit vehicles across the Bow River, Western Headworks Canal and Deerfoot Trail. Phase II will be funded through provincial (CAD21.25 million) and federal funding (CAD42.5 million).


(1 CAD [Canadian Dollar] = 0.73 USD)