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North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project


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Project Update - October 2018

Crews are out installing shelters along the North Crosstown Route. Crews are placing the stations along the route as they are fabricated, and then crews follow behind the install crew to complete the electrical, custom glass and amenities at each station. We have had some delays, and expect that ​the stations will take six to eight weeks to install at each location. We thank residents for your patience. Work continues on the remaining BRT stations which includes utility and concrete work at each location, and the station install happening shortly after the concrete work is complete.


Route and service information

The MAX Orange line will start running November 19, 2018 with service every 16 minutes during peak hours (6:30-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) and every 26-30 minutes during off-peak hours.

Buses will travel faster than other traffic along the route by way of:

  • Traffic signals that provide an extended green signal when buses are approaching.
  • Transit-only queue jumps that allow buses to get ahead of other traffic at signalized intersections.

As part of the Calgary Transit Service Review, we received feedback from customers on the route, and you can find the verbatim comments here.

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Project Timeline

  • Planning and draft designs: 2015-2016
  • Design engagement: Fall 2016
  • BRT Construction begins: Spring 2017
  • Calgary Transit bus route review: Spring 2018
  • 52 Street N.E./McKnight intersection construction ends: Fall 2018
  • BRT Construction ends: November 2018
  • BRT service begins: November 2018

North Crosstown / MAX Orange route

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North Crosstown / MAX Orange stations

Stations along the route are under construction, and they'll be ready for customers this fall. The new stations are located close to the U of C and SAIT, Saddletowne and Rundle stations on the Blue line, Brentwood station on the Red line, and employment centres in the northeast and northwest. Most of the shelters will have next bus arrival signs, be heated, and enclosed.

The stations will incorporate public art on the shelter glass. The use of images provides a visual enhancement to the waiting area. It's also been shown in other jurisdictions to reduce the amount of vandalism and resulting operating costs. To learn more about the public art plans, please visit the Crosstown BRT Stations public art page.

Project overview

Calgary Transit strives to provide safe, accessible, reliable public transportation. Through various feedback to Calgary Transit, customers have identified reliability and convenience as top priorities for taking transit. The North Crosstown BRT will benefit transit customers by providing a better customer experience and more reliable, direct service.

The North Crosstown BRT is a Council-identified priority in Calgary Transit's strategic plan, RouteAhead. The North Crosstown BRT project is one of four additions to The City's primary transit network. The four new routes fill important gaps in the existing transit network and provide Calgarians with reliable, direct connections to major destinations.


Public engagement and communications

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the North Crosstown BRT route, station locations and design. A summary of input follows with full details provided in the What We Heard Report.

What we heard summary

  • Most respondents were current, daily Calgary Transit users
  • Of respondents who said they currently use Calgary Transit, most indicated the new North Crosstown BRT service would encourage them to use Calgary Transit more.
  • Of respondents who said they don't currently use Calgary Transit, most indicated the new North Crosstown BRT would encourage them to use Calgary Transit.
  • 362 respondents indicated they live near the route
  • 264 respondents indicated they commute along the route
  • 60 respondents indicated they own, manage, operate or work at a business along the route

Related projects

52nd Street and McKnight Boulevard N.E. intersection

The City is making improvements at the McKnight Boulevard and 52 Street N.E. intersection. The upgrades include:

  • Dual left hand turn lanes in all four directions
  • New and improved sidewalks, pathways and crossings
  • New bus queue jump lanes along 52 Street N.E. for the North Crosstown BRT

These upgrades will improve transit service reliability by reducing rush hour delays and provide better pedestrian access to Castleridge Plaza. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018. See the intersection design.

16 Avenue North Functional Planning Study

The City is developing concept plans for widening 16 Avenue North from four to six lanes between 19 Street N.W. and 29 Street N.W. Currently, this section of 16 Avenue North has only two lanes in each direction. Few impacts are expected because The City owns most of the required right-of-way (land). The project team will work with the community and adjacent land owners to identify and address concerns.

The eventual widening of 16 Avenue North in this section will provide lane continuity, improve road capacity and safety. It will also provide an opportunity for a BRT station next to University Drive N.W. and McMahon Stadium.

Area projects

There are a number of developments and projects along the route, such as the Crowchild Trail Study, Calgary Cancer Centre, University District and others. The project team will work with other City project teams and private industry to share information and coordinate when possible.

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