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Update on the Green Line

On October 3, 2016, City Council approved a fully tunneled LRT route in Calgary’s downtown core. The approval was made “in principle”, contingent on the overall funding for the Green Line program.

The fully tunneled route would see the Green Line LRT run underground from the CP tracks in the Beltline, under 2 Street S.W., and under the Bow River. The line would resurface north of 16 Avenue N along Centre Street N.

Why is the tunnel decision so important?

The “in principal” decision to tunnel the Green Line LRT route in downtown takes us one step closer to finalizing the design of this LRT line and refining the overall cost estimates. It also shows City Council’s commitment to building the best project for Calgary’s future.

What happens next?

Public engagement and technical design is ongoing on the route alignment in the Beltline, and along the northern portions of the Green Line. The project team is evaluating four alignment options in the Beltline, including a tunneled option under 12 Avenue S, which was approved today for further investigation. A final Beltline recommendation will be made to City Council’s Transportation and Transit Committee by December 2016.

Final recommendations on the full 46 kilometre Green Line route, procurement strategy and construction staging will be made in June 2017.

Get involved with the Green Line

There’s plenty of ways to get involved with the Green Line this fall, from in-person Transit Oriented Development workshops, to online engagement opportunities and speaker series events.

Beltline Alignment Option

The Green Line team is evaluating four alignment options for the Beltline area, and will roll out the results of the evaluation in early November.

Provide your feedback now and stay tuned for November event details!

40 Avenue N station Transit Oriented Development Workshop

Join us at an upcoming workshop to discuss how the Green Line LRT could help shape future development around 40 Avenue and Centre Street N. The multiple-day, collaborative workshops (also known as charrettes) are led by a consultant team that brings together citizens, developers and policymakers to create a community plan for development near the Green Line LRT.

There are four opportunities to participate the week of October 17. RSVP online!

Speaker Series 4: Calgary’s potential

What does the Calgary of the future look like? At our next Speaker Series session onTuesday, October 25, we’ll be hearing from a panel of experts who will talk about Calgary’s potential and how the Green Line will shape the future of the city.

We hope you’ll join us for a short video featuring Jan Gehl, a renowned Danish architect and urban designer based in Copenhagen, followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A period.

Tuesday October 25
National Music Centre Auditorium, 
850 4 St S.E.
Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. Event concludes at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be available, seating is limited so please arrive promptly

Learn more about the speaker series.

Green Line S.E. community planning information sessions

Join us to review the proposed Developed Areas Guidebook, area redevelopment plans (ARPs) and station area plan (SAP) that will go to Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) in January 2017. This is your last opportunity to speak with City staff and see how public input has been considered in the community plans before they are reviewed by CPC and Council.

Inglewood and Ramsay ARPs
November 17th, 2016 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Alexandra Dance Hall 922 9 Avenue S.E.

Millican-Ogden ARP and South Hill SAP
November 15th, 2016 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Banting and Best School 1819 66 Avenue S.E.

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Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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