Keep the Green Line on Track 2024

Partisan games are threaten this city-building project, and we need all levels of government to commit to working together to find the funding to ensure the Green Line gets built now, to Eau Claire, so it can eventually go across the river, because the Need is in the North. Let's remind our MLAs that 89% of Calgarians want the whole Green Line built!

We have two active actions: 

For more background information on why we are campaigning to Keep the Green Line on track, read on. 

We are asking you to communicate to your Alberta MLA, the premier, and the Federal Minister of Finance and ask them to ensure that the Green Line gets built to Eau Claire Station, so that future phases can go across the river and north where there is the greatest need. 

Our ask is:

  • Get the Green Line built now and commit to finishing the project they started!
  • work together with all levels of government to find the funding that is needed
  • remind them that the majority of Calgarians want the whole Green Line built, especially the section going north across the river- because the need is in the north

Do you remember back in 2021 when we scored the victory of funding commitments from all levels of government to build the Green Line in Calgary? Well, it’s time to turn our attention to this issue again as partisan games are threatening this city-building project. While contracts should have been signed after that commitment in 2021 (at pandemic prices, nonetheless!), delays by the Kenney administration meant that the city of Calgary has been forced to sign contracts at post-pandemic inflated prices

Despite causing the delay, the province is saying they won’t pay for cost increases in the project, which means that the scope of work of Phase 1 which began this year may be threatened.

We need to raise our voices to ensure that the Green Line gets built to Eau Claire Station, so that future phases can go across the river and north where there is the greatest need.

As an Alliance, we took on the Green Line more than 5 years ago because it is an essential part of building a great city for the long term. It connects our communities, builds a green economy, provides good jobs, promotes social equity through access to transportation, lowers the cost of living, and reduces traffic congestion lowering greenhouse gas emissions. When communities have poor access to transportation, it creates economic and social barriers that no one benefits fro. The full vision of the Green line extends from Seton in the south all the way north to 160th Avenue NE. Since initial approval of the project in 2021, it has been broken into phases of development. Phase 1 construction (the core of the project) from Shepherd (130th SE) to Eau Claire began in early 2024, and the Green Line board will provide an update to the council in July regarding project costs and potential changes to the Green Line based on increased costs of Phase 1. Further political uncertainty only increases the cost of this project.

Now, partisan games are threatening this city-building project. Danielle Smith wants to make funding contingent on integrating with an interprovincial rail system, details of which will not be finalized until sometime next year. Delays to this shovel ready project are costly! Delays by the Kenny government in 2022 meant that instead of getting contracts at pandemic prices, the city has been forced to sign contracts at post-pandemic inflated prices, but the province has said it is unwilling to help address the cost increases caused by their delay. We think they should help pay for the increased costs caused by provincial dallying, especially given Alberta posted a large budget surplus for the fiscal year ending March 2024. The money is there!

We need all three levels of government to work together to find the funding to have this first phase of the Green Line completed to Eau Claire so that the Green Line can continue to be built over the river to the north where it is needed mostOur research has shown that it is the northern part of Calgary most in need of an LRT line, where the ridership will be highest, and also the segment of the Green Line predicted to be financially self-sustaining. Despite this, organized money has funded a group called "ReThink the Green Line", and they are proposing "cost saving" changes which will weaken and water down the original vision of the Green Line to connect North and South Calgary to downtown Calgary. They are proposing a change to have the Green Line Phase 1 go from South Health Campus to 7th Ave only-so not to Eau Claire Station. Our concern is that if the plan to build to Eau Claire is scrapped, there will never be a Green Line that goes across the river and serves the north

(While they may try to make an argument about ridership to South Health Campus, we know that the ridership is in the north. Check out these graphics below for the current ridership and how it translates to the Green Line trains that would run. This is based on numbers provided by one of our members, a current transit operator with 20 years experience in Calgary's transit system.)

We are asking you to make your voice heard by your Alberta MLA, the premier, and the Federal Minister of Finance and ask them to: 

  • Get the Green Line built now and commit to finishing the project they started!

  • together find the funding that is needed

  • remind them that the majority of Calgarians want the whole Green Line built, especially the section going north across the river- because the need is in the north. 

 

You can review our talking points and print them off here

 For more background information and public updates, check www.calgary.ca/greenline