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City councillor asking for changes to Green Line in wake of pandemic

Last Updated May 7, 2020 at 9:44 am MST

FILE PHOTO: Green Line SE map. (CREDIT: City Of Calgary)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary city councillor is calling for significant changes to the Green Line LRT.

Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas said the city needs to “de-risk” the massive project.

“Some of the questions Calgarians have right now are things like what impacts will the global recession and pandemic have on downtown employment, office vacancy levels, public transit demand and ridership,” said Farkas.

Some of the changes Farkas is proposing would involve revised downtown traffic assumptions and changes to routing and construction of the project.

In March, the Green Line committee presented several designs for the route and was scheduled to meet the following month to vote on final recommendations.

That meeting was postponed due to COVID-19 and the State of Local Emergency.

“The current proposal is an unacceptable risk of financial catastrophe to taxpayers at every level of government,” said Farkas. “This is a decision that will impact Calgarians today and for generations to come. We have an obligation to get it right.”

Farkas will present a Notice of Motion on his Green Line proposal on May 11.