City Council has voted to go ahead with the underground tunnel for the Green Line LRT project, but its leavings itself an out just in case.
The tunnel from 16th avenue north under the bow river to 10th avenue south is the most expensive option at $1.9 billion,but it would cause the least disruption to the downtown.
Because of the amount of money involved Councillor Peter Demong wanted some flexibility in case full funding from the provincial and federal government’s doesn’t materialize. Then the city could look at less expensive options.
“When you’re building a house you don’t turn around and say I’m going to build an $800,000 house but I haven’t figured out where the moneys coming from yet, or how much I’m going to have to buy it.”
Councillor Shane Keating says he can live with the words “approved in principle”.
“We’re forging ahead with the idea that this is our best option. What we need to do is solidify some of the other components. Let’s build the strongest possible skeleton for the future development of the Green Line. As the funding picture becomes clearer, we can decide how this project will take shape.”
The entire Green Line LRT project is estimated to cost between $4.5 and $5 billion.