A few changes were recently made to the new Green Line’s proposed route.
The City of Calgary issued a release detailing the updates, stating that they come following a review that administration was directed to undertake back in July 2019.
The updates include a surface alignment on Centre Street N and a surface station at 16 Avenue N, a bridge over the river, a surface station at 2nd Avenue SW in Eau Claire, an underground station at 7th Avenue, an underground alignment on 11th Avenue in the Beltline, an underground station at 4th Street SE, and 21 kilometres of BRT enhancements.
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“The changes to the Green Line route reduce project risk while delivering the full stage 1 route from 16 Avenue N to Shepard and providing the best investment for Calgarians,” said Michael Thompson, General Manager of the Green Line, in the release.
The release notes that the benefits to the changes include maximizing ridership, directly connecting people to the core, facilitating future expansion to both the north and the south, connecting people to the Beltline, and BRT enhancements for the north.
Calgarians can provide feedback to the updated plans either online or at in-person events expected to take place this February and early March.
“We know we need to continue working with stakeholders and Calgarians as the project progresses, but the time for exploring new options is over. We need to move this important project forward,” said Thompson in the release.
“Building Stage 1 of the Green Line is a pivotal step in fulfilling the full Green Line vision. Stage 1 builds the core of the project while preparing for the future.”
Administration is expected to present council with a recommended stage 1 alignment, which will include public feedback, by March.
The full Green Line is expected to cost $4.65 billion, begin construction in 2021, and be completed by 2026.
Here’s a look at the current map for Calgary’s newest C-Train line: