The Green Line project team presented an update to the new Green Line Committee. The presentation included an update on the overall program, status of procurement, and shared with Committee a set of evaluation criteria that will be used to determine the Centre City alignment.
In terms of procurement, Committee members heard that the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) was short-listed to four vendors. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for LRVs will be released in 2020.
The RFQ for Segment 1 (Ramsay to 126 Avenue S.E.) construction closed October 24, 2019. The project team is evaluating the responses and expect to confirm a shortlist of pre-qualified proponents by end of the year.
As part of the Program Update, Committee members heard that Administration is no longer recommending a tunnel under the Bow River and deep underground downtown stations as a way to reduce cost and project risks. No other decisions have been made in the Centre City. The project team is looking at a number of options to help bring the project within the $4.9 billion budget. A bridge crossing over the Bow River will help reduce cost and help bring the project closer to budget. I agree with Administration on this, as we need to lower the costs, and remove large risk that come with tunneling.
Additional planning and design work will be required to determine details on what this looks like after Council’s direction on the Centre City in January 2020. Pending Council’s direction in January, we will be better prepared to discuss with stakeholders what the next steps will be for planning and designing the bridge and the alignment in the Centre City. One of the latest issues, is with the Provinces latest budget, and the delaying of $480 million in funding over the next four years, the City will have to reconfigure plans and staging of the project. Council will have to decide on the final option in January.