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Designs for Green Line project not coming until January

Last Updated Dec 17, 2019 at 11:17 am MDT

(PHOTO: Sandra Prusina, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgarians will have to wait a bit longer to know what the Green Line LRT alignment will look like.

Initially, the Green Line committee was to hear three different design proposals with a final plan to be presented in January.

However, that was delayed right off the bat during a meeting Tuesday morning.

“Now we’re going to wait till January to maybe talk about options and then March is when we will have a conversation,” said Councillor Jyoti Gondek.

Several issues with the Green Line did come up for discussion, including reducing the line going underground, from four kilometres to just over two kilometres.

Administration also said there should be a bridge over the Bow River, not a tunnel, and the LRT should be built at-grade along Centre Street.

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The downtown portion is also a vital part of the discussions as it’s estimated ridership could decrease significantly if the two sections of the line don’t directly connect or reach to the core.

Delaying these decisions has caused some frustration in impromptu public hearings.

“Kicking the can down the road serves nobody,” said Jeff Binks with LRT on the Green. “Hundreds of thousands of Calgarians need this project, have been waiting for this project and need a decision. Let’s get building. Let’s move forward.”

In response, Councillor Druh Farrell said the extra months can offer them some more clarity on the $4.5 billion project, but it may push back the proposed start of construction past 2021 for phase one, which would be from south Calgary up to 16 Avenue.

Right now, the committee is thinking of doing public engagement in March, rather than January.

Money for the project continues to remain in question after the province delayed its portion of the funding following the October budget.