Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced a CAD 1.53 billion (EUR 1 billion) investment for Calgary’s Green Line light rail project. This is the largest contribution ever made by the Government of Canada to an infrastructure project in Alberta.
This “historic investment in Calgary’s public transit system will make it easier for people to get around and connect to the services they need, make our air cleaner, and create thousands of jobs for Canadians,” Justin Trudeau said.
The first stage of the Green Line involves the design and construction of 20 km of track, 14 stations, a fleet of 70 low-floor light rail vehicles, a vehicle maintenance and storage facility, 8 bridges, 4 tunnels, and 3 park-and-ride facilities.
Construction of this first stage is expected to begin in spring 2020 and be completed by late 2026. An estimated 20,000 jobs will be created to support the system’s design and construction, with a further 400 long-term jobs forecasted for the operation and maintenance of the Green Line when it opens to the public.
Part of the funding for the Green Line project comes from the more than CAD 3.3 billion (EUR 2.2 billion) in federal funding allocated to Alberta in a bilateral agreement signed on April 3, 2018, to support projects over the next decade in the areas of public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural and community infrastructure, and rural and northern communities.
Last year, Calgary City Council approved the full 46 km alignment and 28 stations for the Green Line LRT. The first stage envisages the construction of the 20-km line from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard).