The Green Line: Calgary's Largest Infrastructure Project
This summer, Premier Notley and I announced the Government of Alberta’s historic $1.53 billion investment in Calgary’s future. With today’s announcement, we are a massive step closer to building the 20km opening day phase of the Green Line LRT, which will travel from Crescent Heights in the north to Shepard in the south-east. At $4.6 billion, the Opening Day phase of the Green Line is the largest single infrastructure project in Calgary’s history.
On Opening Day, the Green Line will provide fast and convenient transportation to over 60,000 Calgarians. Over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created to construct the line and over 400 permanent jobs will be required to operate and maintain it. In addition, the Green Line will stimulate new transit oriented development and support Calgary’s economic growth. It will also decrease congestion on our roads and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
This big for Calgarians. And it didn’t happen by accident. Seven years ago, when I was first elected, there was no comprehensive long-term strategic transit plan for our city. Today, with the help from our provincial partners we have full funding for stage one of the Green Line LRT—the largest public works project in Calgary’s history.
This revolutionary plan resulted in the north portion of the line being moved from the Nose Creek corridor – where few people live – to Centre Street North, which will serve thousands of citizens. It also resulted in the north and southeast LRT lines being combined into a single project. For example, the Green Line will utilize low floor trains, eliminating the need for expensive platforms; will travel underground in our downtown core; and will better integrate with established communities, while fostering exciting new development opportunities.
The Green Line is more than a transit project. It’s a reimagining of how we can build a more sustainable and liveable community. We will now continue to advocate, working together, to get stage 2 funding solidified from our provincial and federal partners.
The Green Line proves how and why we must keep moving Calgary Forward.