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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Green Line LRT evaluates two additional alignment options for Beltline segment

Evaluation of the Beltline alignment options for the future Green Line LRT is underway, and Administration is now considering two additional alignment options to connect the Beltline and Victoria Park to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station.

We’ve included some quick facts about this update below, but you can find more information about each of the options in our Green Line LRT: Beltline Segment Update.

Quick Facts
  • On April 11, 2017, City Council approved Administration’s recommendation for the Green Line to be underground in the Beltline from 2 Street S.W. to MacLeod Trail S.E. 
  • Administration has not yet determined how the Green Line will connect from MacLeod Trail S.E. to the Inglewood/Ramsay station
  • Administration is still exploring the MacDonald Avenue S.E. option (MacDonald Ave option) as well as the option that skirts to the north of the Victoria Park Transit Centre (also known as the bus barns or VPTC)
  • Administration is now also exploring two additional alignment options: 
    • Transition to 10 Avenue S Option: this would see the line jog north from the Centre Street station on 12 Avenue S to 10 Avenue S, where it would run parallel to the south side of the CP tracks until it reaches the Inglewood/Ramsay station
    Transition to 10 Avenue S Option
    • Staged Option: this would allow the Green Line to skirt the Transit Centre until the Centre is re-located, at which time the Green Line tracks would be re-aligned and a station would be built on the former Transit Centre lands
Staged Option
  • Cost estimates, including potential land/property costs, for all four options need to be fully understood before Administration can make a recommendation. A targeted cost range for the Beltline to Inglewood/Ramsay segment has been established, and Administration needs to further quantify the capital costs and value to Calgarians of each option. 
  • Administration will continue to explore these four options, which will include technical analysis and conversations with stakeholders and the communities
  • Administration intends to take an official recommendation to City Council in June 2017. If further analysis is required for these options, recommendation timelines for this portion of the Green Line alignment can be modified
  • City Council is ultimately responsible for approving the alignment 

What Happens Now?

Property owners who may be impacted by either of the new options will receive a letter from The City shortly.

Join us at one of two public drop-in sessions to learn more about the options and to discuss the opportunities and impacts of each:
Thursday, May 4 between 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Alexandra Dancehall – 922 9 Ave SE 
Saturday, May 6 between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Commons - 1206 20 Ave SE
Learn more about each of the options and how Administration will make a recommendation.

3 comments:

  1. The 10th (along existing CP tracks) alignment makes so much sense. It could potentially better serve East Village, Stampede, the New Vic park, as well as showing some consideration for the established inner city communities of Inglewood and Ramsay.
    Most amazingly, this route is not being designed around an aging, soon to be torn down bus barn. This foresight is a welcomed step in the right direction from our city's planning department.

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  2. It sounds likes the greenline team has finally realised how foolish the Macdonald Avenue alignment is. Such an option doesn't just destroy peoples houses, cut the neightborhood in half, and ruin the streetscape - it also destroys an important historic resource for ALL calgarians, ruins excellent development potential, and butchers a unique and beautiful gateway to downtown and the rivers district.

    The "Transition to 10th Avenue" option is by far the most intelligent option proposed, and something that Ramsayites have been suggesting repeatedly at the city's "engagement" sessions. This services East Village well without placing a station too far from the new stadium site, maintains a straight route to optimise commute times, and keeps at-grade crossing off the table. It also benefits the stampede by allowing them to enact their master-plan without interference (which is many years and dollars in the making)

    Let's hope that the Macdonald option will quietly disappear into the background and the planners who came to citizens with that option (before these two alternatives) can humbly live down this comical blunder.

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