June 26, 2019 – CALGARY — The City’s top priority is to build the Green Line within our budget of $4.9 billion while maintaining our project vision to build a transit service that connects existing communities in north and southeast Calgary connecting people and places.
The Green Line is an important strategic project for The City of Calgary that will help move people across the city to different economic centres like the downtown core and Quarry Park. Stage 1 of the Green Line is an investment in Calgary’s future that will provide more options for Calgarians to move around the city.
Over the last year and a half, The City has worked to refine the Green Line design, specifically the tunneled portion of stage 1 between 16 Avenue N and 4 Street S.E. We’ve worked closely with industry experts and are thoroughly evaluating all possible risks, including technical, financial and schedule, associated with building the Downtown and Beltline portions of the project.
Based on our analysis and what we’ve heard we will be continuing to evaluate how to build the Green Line through the Downtown and Beltline. This means we will be investigating ways to shorten the tunnel and bring as much to surface as possible. Starting this summer, The City will be hosting information sessions to show Calgarians what we have learned through the tunnel constructability reviews and plans to move forward.
We currently have 16 kilometres of the project ready to be built today, and we will be releasing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the portion of the project between 4 Street S.E. and 126 Avenue S.E. Moving forward with this portion of the project now will be an economic stimulant by bringing jobs to Calgary and will allow The City to take advantage of lower construction costs.
On opening day, Stage 1 of the Green Line will connect nearly 200,000 people to over 100,000 jobs and move approximately 60 – 65,000 riders per day.
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