Alberta has given the green light to the Green Line, approving the business case submitted to the province May 28.
The province made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, just prior to a scheduled transit announcement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
It’s one of the last remaining hurdles to moving ahead with the project, which has been held in station since December 2020, when the city said procurement was paused. It’s been in provincial hands for review for more than a year.
In that time, Calgary and the province have hammered out differences in the delivery of the $5 billion Green Line project.
“Alberta’s $1.53-billion commitment toward the Green Line is a massive investment in the future of Calgary, one we are happy to make because we believe our best days are ahead of us,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver.
“I’m grateful for the hard work done by the technical experts at the province and the city to make the Green Line a functional project that connects to the rest of the LRT network. I am confident that the Green Line is in a stronger, more certain position today, and is in the capable hands of an experienced project team that can take this important project forward.”
One of the major to the project was in the staged delivery. This was changed earlier this year with it shifting to a two-phased construction, rather than three phases.
The province said in its media release that the project now waits for federal approval.
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