The City of Calgary announced that the Green Line (LRT) project has released the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Phase 1, from Shepard to Eau Claire, the largest infrastructure project to be constructed in the city’s history. Phase 1 will build the 18 km core of the Green Line, constructing the most technically complex section of the new LRT line to support future expansion to the north and south.

The procurement strategy for Phase 1 allows the Green Line Board to select a Development Partner in early 2023 following the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, from the RFQ short-listed candidates. The Development Partner will work collaboratively with the Green Line team on design progression providing flexibility to innovate, optimize and manage cost, risk and schedule concerns. The Development Phase is expected to take approximately 12 months.

“Following extensive consultation with the market and alignment of all funding partners, the Green Line Board has approved a collaborative procurement strategy to build Phase 1 of the Green Line LRT project,” said Don Fairbairn, chair, Green Line Board. “The RFQ is a significant step towards delivering this important city-shaping project.”

An important addition to the transit network in Calgary, Phase 1 will connect southeast Calgary to the downtown and into the existing LRT and four MAX BRT routes while building:

  • 18 kms of LRT track
  • 13 stations including underground and elevated station buildings
  • Bridge structures
  • Park and Ride facilities
  • A maintenance storage facility for light rail vehicles.

This procurement strategy is also expected to allow for additional long lead procurement items and work packages to be issued earlier which will reduce project and schedule risk and continue to support local job creation.

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The release of the RFQ is an exciting milestone for the Green Line LRT Project and follows the recent announcement of the new fleet of low-floor vehicles and the commencement of the extensive early works construction through Beltline and Downtown Utility Relocation Project.

Featured image: (City of Calgary)

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