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North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

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Project Update – April 2018

The City started installing shelters along the North Crosstown route this month. This work should take approximately two weeks at each location. We'll also start work this spring on the remaining BRT station including the utility and concrete work at each location.

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52nd Street and McKnight Boulevard N.E. intersection improvements

Starting Starting in early May, The City will be making  improvements at the McKnight Boulevard and 52nd Street N.W. 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 N.E. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018. The intersection design can be found here.

BRT Stations

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

 

One of the goals of the BRT program is to provide an improved customer experience including heated shelters, seating, next bus service messaging, and a pleasant waiting area. The stations for the North Crosstown BRT will incorporate public art on the shelter glass. The use of images on the glass of the shelters is a visual enhancement to the waiting area and has been shown in other jurisdictions to reduce the amount of vandalism and resulting operating costs.

The Crosstown BRT projects offer an opportunity to celebrate the City's Public Art Collection - the bulk of which has been built over the last century by the generosity of Calgarians and local organizations such as the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation. Selected artworks will brighten or bring interest to the spaces for transit users.

The selection of over 100 artworks required many technical, logistical and curatorial considerations. Two dimensional fine artworks such as paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs, were selected because they translate best onto glass and will allow the shelters to read like gallery walls. It was also important to demonstrate the variety in the collection in terms of the types of artworks, styles, media, period of production, and the diversity of artists in terms of age, gender, residency. Many of the artists (or their estate) are local and includes several indigenous artists.

Additional information on the City's Public Art Program can be found here.

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

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.

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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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 Jumps

Queue jumps 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.

Timeline

Staying informed

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.

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, 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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