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South Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

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Project Update

The City has finished the utility and concrete work for just over half of the new BRT station platforms for the North and South Crosstown BRT. Crews are wrapping up construction on the platforms for the season, and will start putting the new shelters on the completed platforms throughout the winter.

We expect the materials for the BRT stations will be arriving in February, and it should take about two weeks to install each shelter on the new platforms. When we built some of the BRT platforms it was necessary to remove existing transit shelters, and because crews will be out in a few months installing the new shelters we do not want to damage the new concrete at these stations by installing a temporary shelter.

We thank transit riders for their patience as we install the new BRT shelters, and we expect that all of the shelters will be inst​alled by early spring.

The remaining half of the BRT stations will undergo utility and concrete work in the spring, and will have shelters installed in time for the BRT network to open in late fall of 2018. 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 South 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 South 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 South Crosstown BRT wouldn’t encourage them to use Calgary Transit.
  • Respondents primarily consisted of people who live near the route or commute, or operate businesses 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 South Crosstown BRT will benefit transit customers by providing a better customer experience and more reliable, direct service.

This project will improve the existing Route 306 service and extend the service to connect with the future Green Line LRT.

The South Crosstown BRT project is a Council-identified priority in Calgary Transit’s strategic plan RouteAhead. The South 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 South Crosstown BRT will operate in regular traffic lanes. Transit vehicles will be given signal priority and queue jumps at some intersections. The South Crosstown BRT overlaps and shares the corridor with the Southwest BRT between Richard Road S.W. and Heritage Drive S.W.

South Crosstown BRT Route

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BRT Stations

Many 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
  • 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 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.

Roadway Changes

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Staying informed

The City is committed to keeping the public, residents, and businesses informed before and during construction. Please sign up for email updates (by clicking the "South Crosstown BRT" box on the sign up page) to stay informed about the project.

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