CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Ahead of any final decisions in the new year, the Green Line LRT discussions will be returning to council this week.
On Tuesday, a city committee on the transportation project is expected to review three potential design plans.
“Not all of the recommendations will have all of the little bugs ironed out it, but they will say, ‘this is our choice and we still have to work on these little sections on the line,’ but we’ll go forward from there,” said Green Line Committee Chair Councillor Shane Keating.
“I’m speculating that tomorrow will be a little sneak peek preview of the final rendition in January.”
Keating explains after that, council will vote on the project and then move forward with a request for a proposal on phase one of the LRT.
Is the green line on track? Project committee meets today to discuss its future. @CouncillorKeats describes it as the "trailer to the movie." Uncertainty for the green line grew as City budget was inching towards the red. Full project expected to be unveiled in Jan. #yyc @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/Jk4R98t0xn
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However, two major concerns about the project remain–money and where to run the line.
The budget has been a grey area since the province delayed its portion of the funding for the project.
“(It’s) a good opportunity for us to see some of the very good work that’s been going on to try and solve some of the engineering as well as some of the cost problems in the current alignment,” said Nenshi.
“I think in order to move forward, we’ve got to let go of some of our biases in terms of what needs to be there.”
He added that he has even higher hopes for transit in the city.
“I’m really interested at looking at something that also includes better transit for people in the north as well as the south.”
And the first phase of the train is proposed to go through south Calgary up towards 16 Avenue, but there’s still a lack of clarity on how to get the line through downtown.
-with files from Tom Ross