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17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

Project update

The City held two information session for the 17 Avenue SE BRT project June 1 and 2. As we get closer to construction start, some design changes have been made to better meet the needs of area residents and businesses. We encourage you to join our mailing list to get the most recent information on construction start dates. Construction will start late this summer, and work is expected to wrap up by 2018. The information session boards below show the proposed design, parking and timing of construction for 17 Ave SE:

For 2016, the majority of construction that will happen is underground utility work. The proposed construction timelines and current design along 17 Avenue SE can be found below:

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Project overview

The 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project is one of four additions to The City’s primary transit network. The four new projects will fill important gaps in the existing transit network, and provide Calgarians with fast, reliable connections to major destinations.

The City of Calgary’s BRT network includes many different types of BRT service and infrastructure. The City adapts BRT projects to suit the needs of the communities and customers it serves.

The 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project includes construction of new bus-only travel lanes and new BRT stations. The project also includes a refresh of the corridor itself, turning the avenue into a Complete Street with wider sidewalks, improved biking facilities, and new urban character elements.

The City of Calgary is moving forward with the design and construction of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project from 26 Street S.E. to Hubalta Road S.E. Historically known as the original Main Street of Forest Lawn, 17 Avenue S.E. is a unique corridor with many uses. This area is not only a secondary highway with regional connections, but it is also a culturally diverse hub (International Avenue), and part of Calgary's Primary Transit and Cycling Networks. 17 Avenue S.E. is identified as an Urban Boulevard in the Municipal Development Plan and is an area that is expected to redevelop in the future.

The BRT will be the first step towards revitalizing 17 Avenue S.E., and providing high-quality transit service for residents, commuters, and businesses in the area.

The first phase of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project will include:

  • Design and construction of dedicated bus lanes and stations on 17 Avenue S.E. between 26 Street S.E. and Hubalta Road S.E.
  • New BRT stations along the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project, which may include: canopies for shelter, enhanced lighting, off board fare collection, real time traveller information, heated waiting areas, furnishings, and more.
  • Complete Streets” infrastructure on 17 Avenue S.E. including wider sidewalks, boulevards, cycling facilities and urban character elements.
  • Preliminary design for a future phase of the project, along 17 Avenue S.E. from Hubalta Road to 70 Street S.E. Future phases of the BRT extending the project east to Stoney Trail and west to Inglewood are currently unfunded.

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Project timeline

City Council approved a Transportation Planning Study for 17 Avenue S.E. between Downtown and Stoney Trail East in July 2010 and a complementary land use concept for the 17 Avenue S.E. corridor. The City is now proceeding with the planning and design for construction of the BRT project, which is expected to begin in 2016.

More details on schedule, construction staging, detours, and traffic impacts will be provided as planning on the project progresses.

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Calgary’s BRT network

The City of Calgary currently operates five BRT routes, including routes 300, 301, 302, 305 and 306. The four new BRT projects complement the existing network of BRT and LRT routes, and are designed with connections to the future Green Line LRT in mind.

The map below shows future transit capital projects, as identified in RouteAhead (2012).

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