Segment 1 – Planning for construction to begin in 2021
Segment 1, approximately 16 kilometres, between Ramsay and 126 Avenue S.E. will be ready for construction to begin in 2021.
Planning is complete and most of the land has been purchased by The City. Throughout 2019, enabling works construction, including relocating utilities and two landfills, has been ongoing to prepare the right-of-way for LRT construction. In August, the request for qualifications (RFQ) was released to the market and has been downloaded over 125 times. If approved by Council in January 2020, The Request for Proposals for Segment 1 will be released in early 2020.
Over the past year, the Green Line team has been reviewing the design of Segment 1 to find construction cost savings and schedule efficiencies, while also ensuring that the overall public benefits and urban design features of the project are maintained. This review has included major structures, including bridges, retaining walls, underpasses and elevated guideways, and the maintenance and storage facility at Shepard.
Segment 2 - Centre City route evaluation underway
Through the third quarter update, the Green Line team informed the T&T Committee that the planning process to re-evaluate the route through the Centre City is well underway, and meetings with stakeholders are taking place to inform them about the alignment options and to hear their views. The outcome and recommendations of this evaluation will be presented to City Council in January 2020.
Green Line is currently re-evaluating the route between 16 Avenue N and Ramsay to develop a recommendation for a revised route that can be constructed within budget, reduces construction risks, delivers benefits to Calgarians, and achieves the vision of the Green Line LRT project. While the primary objective of this evaluation is to develop a design solution that can be built within the Green Line budget of $4.903 billion, the Green Line team is working to develop an affordable route that considers additional variables such as LRT operations and stakeholder interests.
The Green Line team will be meeting with stakeholders to provide information on the route options being considered, and build mutual understanding of both City and stakeholder interests, aspirations and constraints for selecting a preferred alignment. The results of these meetings will be considered in the final design, where possible.
Rolling out the Green Line stakeholder relations program
Supporting communities and stakeholders is important to the overall execution of the Green Line project. Green Line is rolling out a Stakeholder Relations program to help stakeholders prepare for and manage the potential impact of LRT construction.
This program will have three key focus areas, including stakeholder relationship, property and community access, and business support management. The Stakeholder Relations program has been active this year, supporting stakeholders affected by enabling works projects in the communities of Ramsay, Highfield, Ogden and Beltline.
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