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


Phase 1 construction update - October 2018

Upcoming detours and closures

Crews are busy at work on International Avenue, and there are some detours and traffic shifts this weekend and next week that residents and businesses should be aware of.
October 5 to 9, 2018 - 17 Avenue and 19 Street S.E.
  • Starting at 7 a.m. October 5, 2018 westbound 17 Avenue S.E. to 19 Street S.E. will be reduced to one lane at 19 Street S.E.
  • The westbound left turn lane on 17 Avenue S.E. will also be closed.
  • Eastbound 17 Avenue S.E. will be reduced to one lane east of the 19 Street S.E. intersection.
Don't forget your favourite businesses on International Avenue are open during construction, so be sure to stop by.

Phase 1 construction

Phase 1 construction of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project continues and is on track for completion November, 2018. We remain committed to maintaining access to 17 Avenue S.E. during construction. It's important this area remains a vibrant place where people can visit, enjoy a meal, and get to where they need to go. We are working to keep four lanes of traffic open during peak times, with two lanes in each direction whenever possible so we can keep the traffic moving.

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Phase 1 timeline

17 Ave S.E. construction

  • Construction begins: Spring 2017
  • Construction ends: November 2018

17 Ave S.E. BRT Service

Phase 1 area map

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Phase 2 area map

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Parking during construction

We've installed side-street parking to give you space to park, whether you live in the area or are there to shop.

17 Avenue S.E. BRT route and service information

The new MAX Purple service will run on designated transit lanes between 52 Street S.E. and 9th Avenue S.E. starting November 19, 2018.

Here's a map of the route, and station locations​. As part of the Calgary Transit review, we received feedback from customers on the route, and you can find the verbatim comments here.

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17th Ave S.E. / MAX Purple Stations

New BRT stations will be located on 17th Avenue S.E. at the following intersections:

  • 52 Street S.E.
  • 44 Street S.E.
  • 36 Street S.E.
  • 33 Street S.E.
  • 28 Street S.E.
  • 19 Street S.E.
  • 9 Avenue S.E.
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Project overview

The City is designing and building a Transitway on 17 Avenue S.E. to reduce travel times and increase reliability for Calgarians traveling to and through the southeast. The project will also provide safety improvements for people walking and cycling.

The 17 Avenue S.E. BRT is one of four new routes in Calgary's BRT network.

The dedicated bus-only lanes are for the exclusive use of transit and emergency vehicles to bypass congestion on existing roads. They provide transit customers with a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced travel times
  • Increased speed
  • Improved schedule reliability
  • Increased customer safety by reducing conflicts with transit vehicles
  • Reduced operating costs

What will 17 Ave. S.E. look like?

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Phase 1 engagement

Throughout the design process, we've talked to 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 the community's contributions and feedback, several design and planning changes were made to Phase 1. They include:

  • Revised parking options to maximize parking throughout the area
  • Efforts to minimize impacts to businesses, including maintaining business access during construction
  • Urban design changes to the street, such as street furniture, plants/planters and lighting
  • Station design selection

Other engagement documents are available here:


For project inquiries, please contact: or call 311.​

Project documents

Proposed construction phases (2016-18):