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North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

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Project overview

Calgary Transit strives to provide safe, accessible, and reliable public transportation and 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 new 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 along the route. The North Crosstown BRT is a Council-identified priority in Calgary Transit’s strategic plan RouteAhead. It also forms part of the primary transit network outlined in the Calgary Transportation Plan. The service is an important investment to accommodate Calgary’s current and future growth.

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. 

North Crosstown BRT Route

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Station Concepts

All of the existing stops on the new BRT route will be replaced with new stations.

The new stations will improve comfort and safety with:

  • Lighting
  • Real-time travel information
  • Heating

BRT stations will have connections to sidewalks and pathways. All stations will fit within the existing right-of-way, so no additional land will be needed.

How will we achieve more reliable, direct service?

When the service starts, 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 additional green time 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.

Roadway Changes

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Public engagement and communications

The North Crosstown BRT is route is primarily set and will not require new roadways. With the exception of three new stations planned in the future, existing stop locations will be used for the entire route.

The City is committed to keeping the public, residents, and businesses informed before and during construction. We want to hear your feedback on the route and proposed station designs.

Please sign up for email updates (by clicking the "North Crosstown BRT" box on the sign up page) to stay informed about the project.

Related projects

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 and 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.