In a historic move, the federal government has announced 1.5 billion dollars from the Public Transit Fund will be awarded to the Green Line project. This is the single largest infrastructure investment in Alberta’s history.
What does this mean for Calgarians?
The Green Line was initially planned to be constructed over 30+ years, starting as a bus-only Transitway, and later converting to LRT. This announcement from the Federal Government means that Calgarians in the north and southeast areas of the city will be able to enjoy faster, more reliable, light rail service ahead of schedule. Currently, 290,000 Calgarians are estimated to live along the Green Line corridor, with thousands more working and visiting the newly developing employment hubs and community activity centres on the route. The Green Line will not only bring transit into communities, but will connect neighbourhoods where Calgarians can live, work and play close to transit.
Changing the face of Calgary’s LRT network
The Green Line will add an additional 40 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT network. End-to-end, the route will connect North Pointe and Seton to downtown.
Modeled after the existing CTrain system, which is 100 per cent powered by renewable wind energy, the Green Line will be an environmentally sustainable addition to the city’s transit service.
- The Green Line will use low-floor trains which have similar capacity to current CTrains (780 passengers/3 car train), and carry over 8 times the number of passengers of an articulated bus.
- Ride times will be cut in half on the southeast leg of the Green Line with the completion of LRT; current ride times are clocked at about 69 minutes to the downtown core from the southeast; this will be reduced to about 35 minutes.
- Calgary has the first wind-powered light rail transit system in North America and reduced CO2 emissions by over 56,000 tonnes in 2012.
- 290,000 Calgarians are estimated to live along the Green Line corridor (including the Centre City and Beltline), estimated to increase to 465,000 by 2043.
- Total city population is 1.19 million today, increasing to 1.89 million by 2043.
The Green Line will serve a number of community and business hubs in the city:
Community Activity Centres
- Country Hills – 2,900 jobs
- Quarry Park – 8,300 jobs
- South Hill – 6,000 jobs
Major Activity Centres
- Keystone Hills – 3,500 jobs
- Seton – 5,200 jobs
- Aurora – 6,700 jobs
- Douglasglen Business Centre – 2,000 jobs
- Glenmore/Barlow Business Centre – 4,900 jobs
Source City of Calgary