Green Line Committee Meeting Update
CALGARY, April 9, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way all of us are living our lives and has impacted the way we are doing work at The City of Calgary. Restrictions put in place on public gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19 have impacted our ability to hold in-person engagement activities and have important conversations face to face with impacted stakeholders. To allow our stakeholders more time to provide feedback and understand the changes we are proposing to the Green Line route between 16 Ave. N. and the Elbow River, we are deferring the Green Line Committee meeting from April 23 to June.
“Deferring will give us an opportunity to extend the time citizens will have to give feedback and allow the Green Line team to provide an update on areas we are still exploring and respond to stakeholder questions we’ve received,” said Michael Thompson, General Manager Green Line.
Our online public engagement will now be extended to April 30 and answers to questions we have received through engagement to date will be posted later in April. In addition to the recommendation for an updated Stage 1 alignment, the Borrowing Bylaw, Governance and What We Heard reports as well as the updated Business Case, will also be deferred to June 2020.
Moving the Green Line forward
“We are continuing to move this project forward to support Calgary’s economic response and long-term recovery. We want to be ready when Calgary is ready,” Thompson said. “As The City’s largest job creation project, construction of Green Line Stage 1 will be a critical component of The City’s COVID-19 recovery effort. The Green Line LRT project generates jobs in the short term and long term.”
The Enabling Works program is keeping people working today and will continue to generate jobs between now and when the main construction is scheduled to start in 2021.
Construction of Stage 1 of the Green Line will create approximately 20,000 jobs (12,000 direct and 8,000 indirect)
Administration has completed the evaluation of the responses to the Request for Qualification for Segment 1 and will be announcing the shortlisted proponents by May 2020. Administration is finalizing the Request for Proposal for Segment 1 and will be releasing this to the shortlisted proponents on July 24, 2020.
Administration has previously shortlisted four proponents for the supply of vehicles for the Green Line and the Request for Proposals for the new vehicles will be released to the proponents in May 2020.
Check Calgary.ca/GreenLine often for the latest Green Line information and updates on the Stage 1 alignment.