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17 Ave. S.E. BRT Phase 2: 28 Street to 9 Avenue S.E.


Project Update - November 2018

We're getting ready for the start of the new MAX service, and there are some detours coming up that businesses and residents should be aware of.
November 9 to November 12, 2018 – 19 Street and Blackfoot trail
  • Starting at 7 p.m. November 9, 2018 the eastbound right hand lane of Blackfoot Trail will be closed, so crews can do paving work.
  • Crews will be wrapping up this work by November 12, 2018 at 5 a.m.
November 9 to November 12, 2018 – 17 Avenue S.E. between 28 and 31 Street S.E.
  • Starting at 7 p.m. November 9, 2018 until 5 a.m. November 12, the eastbound right hand lane of 17 Avenue S.E. will be reduced to one lane.
Crews are installing guardrails on the bridges, and completing concrete work between 19 and 30 Street as well.
Just a reminder that residents and businesses will see buses operating in the new transitway on 17 Avenue S.E. this week. Calgary Transit is conducting driver training before MAX service starts on November 19, 2018.

To ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety during construction there are three pathway detours residents should be aware of along the Western Irrigation District Canal pathway and the Bow River pathway close to the Cushing Bridge.

The intersection d​esign for 19 St and Blackfoot Trail S.E. has been finalized and will be operational mid-November.

Want to see how the project has been progressing? Check out our time-lapse cameras:


Phase 2 construction

Once completed, Phase 2 will provide Calgarians with better access to efficient and reliable transit. Specifically, this phase expands the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT closer to downtown, while adding to Calgary's overall transit network.

9 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E.
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Phase 2 Timeline

17 Avenue S.E. Construction

  • Construction begins: Spring 2017
  • Deerfoot Trail bridge construction begins: Spring 2017
  • Multi-use pathway construction begins: Spring 2017
  • Construction ends: November 2018

17 Avenue S.E. BRT Service

Phase 2 area map

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Phase 1 area map

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17 Avenue S.E. BRT route and service information

The new MAX Purple service will run on designated transit lanes between Hubalta Road S.E. and 9 Avenue S.E. starting this fall starting November 19, 2018.

Here's a map of the route with 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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17 Avenue S.E. / MAX Purple stations

New BRT stations will be located on 17 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

Phase 2 of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT construction project refers to the section of the route between 9 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. The scope of work includes building:
  • Dedicated bus lanes on 17 Avenue S.E.
  • Three new bridges across the Bow River, Western Headworks Canal and Deerfoot Trail.
  • New BRT stations with shelters, enhanced lighting, heated waiting areas and real-time travel information.
  • At-grade road crossings at 19 Street S.E. and 26 Street S.E. on the south side of 17 Avenue S.E., and a modified intersection at 28 Street S.E. to move buses from the median lane to the south side of 17 Avenue and onto the separated roadway being built as part of Phase 2.
  • A new multi-use pathway for people who walk or cycle parallel to the BRT traffic lanes, and new connections to the existing pathways along the Western Headwaters Canal and the Bow River.
The 17 Avenue S.E. BRT is one of four new routes in Calgary's BRT network. The new BRT service will 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 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 the BRT route look like?

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Phase 2 engagement

In January we met with communities adjacent to Phase 2 of the project and other Calgarians to get input on project designs. Have a look at the What We Heard Report for the feedback received.
We also held a follow-up information session in Spring 2017 to show residents the changes we made through their input to the design.
Earlier engagement (2015) introduced the project to the community, and collected input on topics such as BRT station features, safety, crime and noise concerns, and budget.
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