(City of Calgary/Screenshot) City administration unveiled the recommended first phase of construction for Calgary's Green Line LRT Thursday, but escalating costs and a lack of funds forced the city to scale back plans. The Stage 1 plan will see the line extend from 16th Avenue N. at Crescent Heights, underground through downtown then on to 126th Avenue S.E.. The Green Line was originally to stretch from Stoney Trail in the north past the South Health Campus in the deep southeast. Mac Logan, the general manager of the city's transportation department said the plan changed because of feedback the city received from Calgarians. Possible Green Line LRT through Ramsay has residents 'scared, confused' "Do it right the first time and future proof it," he said. "That meant making decisions like tunneling through downtown, which of course increases the cost of the project and so that did curtail how many stations we could build." Even with the smaller line, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it's still the biggest project in the city's history. "Council has to make a decision: build more of it earlier or take it underground downtown and that's the decision. So far council has been pretty clear that underground downtown is the way they would go," he said. If approved by council, construction on the 20-kilometre track would start in 2020 .
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