Calgary region transit gets $187 million GreenTRIP boost
Grants to regional municipalities support new bus rapid transit, LRT upgrades, and the purchase of new buses and transit facilities.
The Alberta government’s commitment to accessible, rider-friendly public transit includes support for:
- Calgary’s 17 Avenue Southeast Transitway and Southwest Transitway: bus-only lanes or roads, LRT electrical upgrades, and North and South Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit projects;
- a new transit facility in Airdrie;
- a transit bus hub in Canmore; and
- a bus storage facility in Banff.
“This GreenTRIP investment will expand and enhance transit service throughout the Calgary region and the Bow Valley corridor. Improved regional transit will benefit both riders and the environment. Our government is committed to investing in infrastructure that gets Albertans moving while driving economic growth.”
“This important investment will dramatically improve public transit options for Calgarians. Four new cross-town rapid transit routes will make it easier for our citizens to get to school and work. Upgrades to the LRT system will make it more reliable and able to serve more people.”
“As our residents seek efficient, accessible ways to travel, more and more are choosing to use public transit. GreenTRIP support is helping to ensure regional transit will continue to meet the needs of our communities.”
“The Canadian Urban Transit Association applauds Alberta for its commitment to public transit and urban mobility. By dedicating stable public transit funding, GreenTRIP directly contributes to the economic and environmental well-being of Albertan communities.”
The Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) provides funding to municipalities in support of local sustainable public transit projects, including purchasing transit vehicles and technologies, building transit terminals and expanding light rail transit services to increase ridership and reduce traffic congestion.
The government has committed $2 billion to GreenTRIP by 2020-21. Albertans are already seeing the benefits of the program through 15 transit projects, worth more than $1 billion.