Calgary Green Line funding a 'large worry' to Coun. Shane Keating
Finalizing the Beltline alignment has been delayed until March and that could further throw the infrastructure timeline
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The Beltline community wants an incognito Green Line, and administration is giving it serious consideration.
And while the neighbourhood and key stakeholders demand the costly underground option, which won’t be decided on until March, the province’s funding promise is moving further down the line.
What was a 2018 construction-start timeline has now been pushed to the beginning of 2019.
“Because of these delays in funding, we’ve pushed it to 2019,” said Coun. Shane Keating. “Any further delays really puts the project in huge jeopardy, you might say, to make sure we’re actually being able to meet some of the targets, and take advantage of the economic downturn.”
In an interview with Metro Calgary, Transportation Minister Brian Mason said the province struggles to fund the Green Line before the city comes to a better cost estimate analysis.
Right now, the Green Line is at a class three estimate, and total project costs have been pegged between $4 and $5 billion for some time.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said that the city often approves projects based on a class three estimate.
“What we have to be able to do is do it as fast as we can,” said Keating. “It’s a large worry.”
He said what could make matters easier is if the province has a short timeline to pay funds for the Green Line, which means more Green Line and less financing costs, and the sooner they announce that, the better.
Administration said the recent Green Trip announcements do give some hope for the city, as that funding begins rolling in 2017.