North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project
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Project Update – March 2017
The North Crosstown BRT is now in the design phase. Stations will either be built or upgraded as part of construction. There are some existing stops along the alignment like the Brentwood and Saddletowne LRT stations, which already include amenities such as digital schedules and heated shelters. Several locations along the alignment, such as on 16 Avenue North, cannot accommodate a new station within the road-right-of-way, so existing stops will remain as they are. The new BRT stations will feature identifiable pillars that are easily visible from a short distance; visit the station concepts section to view images.
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring. If you’d like to receive project updates, be sure to sign up for our mailing list.
Public engagement and communications
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the North Crosstown BRT route, station locations and design. For a detailed summary of the input provided, please see 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
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. BRT service is an important investment to accommodate Calgary’s current and future growth.
The North Crosstown BRT will be a limited stop bus service operating in regular traffic lanes with several transit priority measures such as queue jumps and priority signals.
North Crosstown BRT Route
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Many existing stops on the new BRT route will be replaced with new stations.
The new stations will improve comfort and safety with:
- Real-time travel information
- Connections to sidewalks and pathways
How will we achieve more reliable, direct service?
When service starts in 2018, the BRT will operate seven days a week with buses running every 10 minutes during peak hours (6:30-9 a.m. & 3-6 p.m.) As ridership grows, the BRT will operate seven days a week, 15 hours per day with buses every 10 minutes.
Transit Signal Priority
Traffic signals along the route will be modified to provide an extended green signal when buses are approaching.
Bus Queue Jump Lanes
Queue jump lanes are reserved for buses at signalized intersections. Buses enter their own lane and get an advanced green light before other vehicles at the intersection, allowing them to get ahead of traffic and avoid congestion delays. Calgary already has a number of transit queue jumps, including 16 Avenue and 10 Street N.W., Memorial Drive and 5 Avenue S.E. and Marlborough Drive and 52 Street S.E.
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The City is committed to keeping the public, residents, and businesses informed during construction. Please sign up for email updates (click on the "North Crosstown BRT" box on the sign up page) to receive updates about the project.
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.
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.