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Green Line LRT takes another major step forward

Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 4:51 am MST

Monday, March 20, 2017 - Tuscany destined train arrives at the Sunnyside station after leaving downtown Calgary in Calgary. Calgary's transit system is made up of two train lines, red and blue, that intersect at the stations downtown. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 News)

The Green Line is as close as to a done deal as it could be, without signatures to back it up.

The Transit and Transportation Committee Chair at City Hall is confident, after members unanimously approved the multi-billion dollar project’s alignment and 28 stops, it will move forward.

Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating doesn’t consider this the beginning of the end, but he says it’s close.

Keating says officials set in motion a process that will allow administration to begin procurement and to start preparing for construction.

It’s been six years in the making, and he believes staff have developed a plan that everyone can get behind.

“The next stop is the signatures on paper,” he said. “We should expect announcements from the provincial government to match the federal funding in Q-4 of this year. There have been discussions ongoing.”

The federal government has already committed $1.5 billion to the Green Line.

The recommended 46 kilometre alignment and 28 station locations will go to council for approval Monday.