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How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It’s Calgary’s most ambitious infrastructure project to date. A 46-kilometre, $4.65-billion (and counting) light rail transit line that will tunnel beneath the downtown core and ease commutes for thousands of Calgarians in the deep south and far north. In early 2015, the Green Line LRT was still years, if not decades, away from becoming a reality. But a $1.53-billion pre-election funding promise from the former federal Conservative government kicked the project into high gear and lifted expectations to unrealistic heights. It was doomed to disappoint. And, eventually, it did. City officials revealed this month the first stage of the Green Line would only stretch 20 kilometres, from a maintenance and storage facility at 126th Ave. south, through the downtown core and stop at 16th Ave. north — half the line many expected for the same eye-popping price tag. The reaction was predictable. Residents, many in far-flung suburban communities who devoted many hours…