Once fully built out, the Green Line will stretch across Calgary’s entire north/south span. It will bring an additional 40 kms of new LRT track to the existing 53 kms of track, nearly doubling the size of the current LRT network. The size of this project means that the Green Line will touch the lives of nearly 270,000 Calgarians who currently live along it. It is these Calgarians who will be the focus of our blog over the coming months as we work with our Community Association partners to demonstrate why a need already exists for the Green Line. We will look at the various ways LRT access will improve the lives of many of the corridor’s residents and how sticking to the current multi-decade construction timeline will negatively impact a large number of Calgarians’ quality of life.
Our first look comes from the Northern Hills Community Association which represents the communities that surround the Green Line on its northern end. While our blog will tell the story of the Green Line from the perspective of Community Associations and other large stakeholders, we would encourage individuals to share their stories with us as well. Please use the comment form on our ‘Your Say’ page or tweet using #LRTOTG. Check back often as we begin to tell the story of the need for the Green Line and do our best to ensure that construction begins now and not decades from now.
Dear LRT on the Green Foundation,
Letter of Support
We, the Board of the Northern Hills Community Association (NHCA) support the advocacy of the LRT on the Green Foundation towards bringing forward the building of the proposed Green Line LRT to North Central Calgary.
The NHCA includes the still growing North Central communities of Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Harvest Hills and Panorama Hills, which includes over 54,000 residents: approximately 20% of the 270,000 population living along the green Line. Being located on the northern edge of Calgary, transportation infrastructure is very important to our residents. In 2013, the NHCA took part in Creating Space for Strength, An Asset-Based Community Development and Research Project for Calgary’s North Central Communities. Transportation infrastructure was the North Central residents’ top priority, despite the current BRT volumes for journeys originating in North Central being the highest in Calgary.
The implementation of the Green Line would have a huge impact on not just our residents, but Calgarians as a whole. Most of the projected growth of Calgary in future years is predicted to be in the North Central and south east areas. Our local population is still growing, with an average growth rate of 18.8% over the past five years. With the current building out in North Central of Aurora and Stoney Industrial areas, the new and continuing residential developments to the north west, and the future extra 60,000 residents to the immediate north of the NHCA communities in the proposed Keystone Hills development, implementing the Green Line sooner than the projected 2033 or beyond is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. It would increase transit capacity for all of the communities along the route and reduce vehicle congestion on the major arteries, thus providing a benefit to all Calgarians, not just our residents.
Sunny Shuang MSW RSW
On behalf of the Board of the Northern Hills Community Association