Calgary City Council votes Monday on a plan to tunnel under the Bow River downtown to connect the north and south end of the Green Line LRT project. The tunnel option is the most expensive at about $2 billion dollars but also seen by many as the one that makes the most sense.
Jeff Binks, President of LRT on the Green, a group advocating for the north-south line, hopes council gives the green light.
“For the longest time we’ve had an idea of what the Green Line will look like in north Calgary and an idea of what the Green Line will look like in the southeast, but we’ve been missing the middle piece, and that’s the downtown link. Hopefully council does the right thing and we can move this project forward and administration can get started on what they’re good at which is doing the final design details so we can present it to the public and finally have shovels in the ground on the Green Line.”
Binks feels the sooner the details of the project are in place the better, since it’s looking for the provincial and federal government’s to firm up their funding commitments.
The tunnel would run from 16th Ave N down Centre St. to south of the CP Rail tracks with three underground stations along the way.
The total cost of the Green Line is estimated at 4.6 billion dollars.