This was a great announcement and allows for movement on the SETWAY. Up to $10 Million has been set aside for a detailed SETWAY predesign study.
The detailed predesign phase will commence in the Spring of 2013 with the GreenTRIP funds.
- The first stage is to finalize the alignment and station location. This will provide information on the land required including the new maintenance facility location.
- The next stage is to look at a phasing plan to move from a dedicated bus-way to an LRT.
- The third stage is packaging a phase that can be costed and if The City has money move to tender.
December 11, 2012
Calgary receives nearly half a billion provincial GreenTRIP dollars for mass transit projects
Calgary… Calgary’s newly opened West LRT is one of three Calgary mass transit projects to benefit from Alberta’s commitment of $473 million in funding from the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP).
Agreements signed between the Alberta government and the City of Calgary mean the city may borrow $473 million with the full backing of the provincial government to finance three approved projects: $332 million for the West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line; $8 million for Southeast Transit Way (SETWAY) predesign; and $133 million for the purchase of at least 50 Light Rail Vehicles.
“GreenTRIP is about building well connected transportation systems that get Albertans to where they need to be,” said Transportation Minister Ric McIver. “We are committed to supporting Calgarians’ mass transit needs as they build a city for the future. This agreement will help the City of Calgary maintain momentum on innovative transit projects.”
The City of Calgary’s complete application for GreenTRIP funding was received in December 2011. Two months later, the province gave approval in principle to provide funds for the municipality’s priority transit projects. The funding agreement was completed and signed by the City and the province over the last few weeks.
“Transit investments are amongst the best investments any city can make,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “They’re investments in reducing congestion, in improving air quality, and in increasing social mobility for everyone in the community. It’s great that the Alberta government also recognizes this.”
GreenTRIP provides one-time capital funding that supports new and expanded mass transit throughout Alberta, with projects determined by municipalities. The $2-billion, multi-year GreenTRIP program supports initiatives that contribute to transit accessibility and environmental benefits such as increased use of mass transit, reduction of roadway congestion, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To date, the Alberta government has approved more than $1 billion in GreenTRIP funding for transit projects in 14 municipalities.
Through GreenTRIP, Alberta municipalities have been able to add new bus and LRT routes; buy environmentally-friendly transit vehicles; invest in technologies like GPS; build transit infrastructure; and provide transit service to other municipalities.
The Alberta government’s investment in Calgary’s West LRT totaled $1.3 billion, with funding from GreenTRIP, the Municipal Sustainability Initiative and other provincial funding sources. This investment represents 95 per cent of the total project cost for the new LRT line.
For more information on GreenTRIP, visit http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/4913.htm
Backgrounder: Calgary transit projects and GreenTRIP
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