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Alberta commits $1.53 billion to Green Line LRT

By ReNew Canada 10:17AM July 06, 2017

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The Government of Alberta has announced that it will provide one-third of the project cost for Calgary’s Green Line LRT Stage 1. The province will provide up to $1.53 billion over the next eight years. The funds will come from the Climate Leadership Plan.

The Calgary Green Line will serve more than 60,000 Calgarians every day by safely and efficiently connecting communities from 16th Avenue North through the downtown core to Shepard in the southeast. Once the Green Line is complete, this investment will mean Calgarians spend less time commuting and more time with their families and loved ones.

“The Green Line project is about connecting Albertans – to work, to recreation and to home to spend time with their loved ones,” said Rachel Notley, premier of Alberta. “This important investment will also create much-needed local jobs, support the quality of life in the City of Calgary and help to protect our environment now and in the future.”

In the 10 years leading up to opening day, Stage 1 of Green Line construction is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and over 8,000 supporting jobs, such as engineering, planning, and administration.

The project will also support new, transit-oriented developments like Quarry Park in the south, where people can live, work and play, and have access to jobs and services across Calgary.

“Today’s funding announcement is monumental,” said Jeff Binks, president of the LRT on the Green Foundation. “Stage 1 of the Green Line will reduce congestion and pollution while transforming how Calgarians live, work and play. All three orders of government should be commended on how they’ve worked together to turn this project into a reality.”

Revenue from the Climate Leadership Plan, including the carbon levy, will be reinvested to grow and diversify Alberta’s economy and rebated to Albertans. Support for green infrastructure projects, like transit, are included.

The City of Calgary estimates that when Stage 1 of the Green Line is completed in 2026, it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30,000 tonnes of C02 annually.

Once the full Green Line LRT is completed, the project is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 55,000 tonnes of CO2 annually by 2048, growing to 67,000 tonnes annually in 2076.The City of Calgary projects the Green Line is expected to create more than 12,000 direct construction jobs and an additional 8,150 jobs in supporting industries over the next 10 years. More than 400 long-term jobs are expected to be created for the operations and maintenance of Stage 1 of the Green Line.

With the nearly $148 million in provincial GreenTRIP support announced in December 2016 for Green Line early works, the total provincial contribution towards the Green Line is $1.68 billion.

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