An Introduction to the Green Line:
During my time on Council I have been the most vocal advocate for the Green Line LRT. I believe this project will unlock the true potential of our city by bringing LRT to areas of Calgary that have not been offered high quality transportation options in the past. The Green Line LRT will be critical to find more efficient ways to move Calgarians around, but will also unlock the true development potential of the lands in and around the alignment.
So what exactly is the Green Line?
The Green Line will be a vital piece of Calgary’s transit network, connecting southeast and north central Calgary. Made up of two legs: the north leg will run from the future community of Keystone to downtown, and will connect with the southeast leg that extends into the community of Seton and the South Health Campus.
In 2017 Council approved the station locations and alignment for the Green Line LRT. Stage 1 has been approved by Council and will connect from 16th Ave N to Shepard Station in the SE. It has been fully funded by The City of Calgary, The Government of Alberta and The Government of Canada. Construction will begin in 2020/2021 with the operations beginning in 2027.
Quick facts about the Green Line
- The completion of the Green Line is estimated to add an additional 50,000 transit trips per day.
- It is estimated that the completed Green Line would reduce city wide congestion by 10-15% and reduce total vehicle kilometers traveled by 35-40%.
- The Green Line will service eight employment hugs (job projections by 2043):
- Keystone Hills – 3,500 jobs
- Aurora – 6,700 jobs
- Country Hills – 2,900 jobs
- Glenmore/Barlow – 4,900 jobs
- Quarry Park – 8,300 jobs
- Douglasglen – 2,000 jobs
- South Trail Crossing – 6,000 jobs
- Seton (not including the South Health Campus – est. 5,000 jobs) – 5,200 jobs
- Total city population today is 1.26 million, increasing to 1.89 million by 2043.
- 290,000 Calgarians are estimated to live along the Green Line corridor, expecting to increase to 465,000 by 2043.
- Once completed the Green Line will add 40 kms of LRT track to the existing 53 kms of track…nearly doubling the size of the Calgary’s LRT network.