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The City of Calgary presented the results of its Green Line LRT Centre City Evaluation, having completed the first stage of the City Centre alignment project evaluation. When completed, the 40km Green Line will double the size of the city’s current LRT network, serving an estimated 41million passengers a year.
The evaluation found that Option D best provides for the line to connect Inglewood/Ramsay area in the southeast of the city to Crescent Heights/Mount Pleasant in the north via downtown. This option will also connect the line to the Beltline route which is yet to be determined beneath 2 Street S.W. via an underground section.
The underground option, which was favoured by the evaluation, will be analysed over the next 12 months in terms of its technical design, economic viability and public consultation, and if successful. If successful, it will be taken to Calgary Council as a formal recommendation.
Jon Lea, Project Manager said:
“This is an exciting first step in designing the downtown segment of the Green Line LRT. We’re starting to get a sense of what this project could mean for the downtown, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with Calgarians to further shape this new transit line.”
The five proposed routes, each featuring various combinations of elevated, ground level and underground sections, were examined on the criteria of environmental sustainability, technical feasibility, cost, alignment with City policies, urban development, and public input. The final design will be evaluated again on these criteria. As the public consultation is of particular importance, various pop-up events and informative events will be taking place over the coming weeks.
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