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17 Ave S.E. BRT Phase 1: 28 Street to Hubalta Road S.E.


Project update - November 2018

Construction update

Phase 1 construction for the new 17 Avenue S.E. BRT service - now operating as MAX Purple - is largely complete, on time and on budget. Crews will return next spring to wrap up the final bits of intersection work, tie-ins and landscaping along International Avenue. Thank you everyone for your patience and cooperation throughout construction.

BRT service update - MAX Purple

MAX is Calgary's new rapid transit service that takes you to major destinations across the city with more convenience, more comfort, and more connections than ever before.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and input on the route changes we proposed with you this fall. We finalized the changes and launched MAX Purple service on Nov. 19, 2018. Route maps and schedules are available here and information about all route changes are listed on

MAX Purple serves key destinations such as Forest Lawn, International Avenue, Inglewood and Downtown.​


Phase 1 project overview

Phase 1 of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project refers to the section between 26 Street S.E. and Hubalta Road S.E. Construction included building transit-only lanes, new transit stations and many safety features for transit customers as well as people who walk and cycle in the area.

Phase 1 construction map

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Phase 2 ​construction map

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BRT service overview

BRT services provide a number of benefits to transit customers, including:

  • Convenience. Fewer stops, fewer transfers to get to final destinations, next bus arrival time displays at stations.
  • Less travel time, more reliability. Dedicated transit lanes get customers to destinations more quickly and reliably.
  • ​Comfort and safety. Stations include enhanced lighting and CCTV, heat and larger platforms.
  • Connections. Access to major destinations.
Visit our BRT network page​ for more on how BRTs work and their history in our city.

Transit survey

Have you used a MAX service or other bus route where MAX is operating? If so, please take our short survey.
​​MAX and service changes survey​​​

MAX (BRT) routes now operating

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MAX Purple: 17 Avenue S.E. BRT
MAX Purple route map
Max Purple route schedule

MAX Teal: South Crosstown BRT
MAX Teal route map
MAX Teal route schedule

MAX Orange: North Crosstown BRT
MAX Orange route map
MAX Orange route schedule

Route changes effective Nov. 19, 2018
Subject to change; plan ahead

About MAX
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For project inquiries, please contact or call 311.

Phase 1 project engagement

Throughout the design process, we talked with Calgarians, the International Avenue BRZ and local businesses to understand how the project would impact them. Have a look at the What We Heard Report for the feedback received.

Thanks to those conversations, several design and planning changes were made to Phase 1. They included:

  • Revised parking options to maximize parking throughout the area
  • Reduced impacts to businesses, including maintaining business access during construction
  • Increased urban design features, such as street furniture, plants/planters and improved lighting
  • Revised BRT station designs

Related documents

Other engagement documents

BRT route engagement documents​​

What will 17 Avenue look like when Phase 1 is complete?

Photo Gallery - Unclassified


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