Connecting Northeast Calgary with Calgary's new Transit Plan
March 6, 2018 | by QualicoCommunities
The city of Calgary is expanding at a rapid rate. With this expansive growth, the need for public transit in new communities becomes a serious issue. In the past couple years, the majority of Calgary’s development has occurred in the northern quadrants of the city with new communities such as Redstone, Cityscape and Skyview Ranch. With the airport also located in Calgary’s northeast, the need for public transit in the area is undeniable. Due to a high need and demand, multiple different proposals have been made in recent years to bring public transit to the northeast quadrant. Here’s what you need to know about the public transit plans to be expected in the near future to better connect northeast Calgary to the rest of the city.
Green Line LRT
One of the most exciting additions to Calgary’s new transit plan is the Green Line LRT. The Green Line train is a project unlike any transportation project before it in Calgary. It will be a 46-kilometre route that runs from Calgary’s deep south in the southeast community of Seton, to 160th Avenue in the north.
Upon completion, the 46-kilometre route will have 28 stations, each with specific and unique characteristics. Each station along the Green Line is planned to feature “transit plazas” that are customized to the community that it serves. Historic neighbourhoods in the city will feature artwork or cultural pieces to portray its rich history in the transit plaza. New, contemporary neighbourhoods will have their own characteristics, colours and art displayed in their plaza. From the moment you step off the train, you will feel immersed in that specific community’s atmosphere and culture.
Another exciting factor of the Green Line is the practicality and utility of these transit plazas. Many city officials believe that these plazas could not only serve the transit needs to the public, but can also be community gathering places. During traffic downtimes or weekends, it is anticipated that these plazas would also be ideal for community markets.
The construction for this large project is set to begin in 2020, with the line opening in phases beginning in 2024. To see the full scope of the Green Line, see the map here.
Blue Line LRT
A second proposed transit project that may be on the horizon is the extension of Calgary’s Blue Line LRT. Specifically designed to connect all of northeast Calgary to the rest of the city’s transit system, this expansion is designed to go to 128th Ave, just south of Redstone. Along with connecting the city’s northeast, the Blue Line would also become the quickest and most efficient route to the airport; similar to LRT systems in other major metropolitan cities.
At the moment, the Blue Line extension is still in the planning process and there is currently no timetable for construction. But with the speed of growth in northeast Calgary, it is likely that this LRT expansion will remain a focus moving forward. To check out the proposed Blue Line extension, click here.
In Redstone, connectivity is a top priority. As a community that believes in keeping you connected to family and friends, Redstone also believes in keeping you connected to your city. Currently, Calgary Transit buses are running throughout the community with multiple bus stops that are easily accessible to the entire community. The future addition of the Blue Line LRT on 128th Avenue will be the final piece in making all of Calgary within reach for Redstone residents. Though Redstone is a developing community, it is not far from becoming a well-connected, integrated part of Calgary!