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Southwest BRT - Background

The Southwest BRT project is one of four additions to The City’s primary transit network. The project includes new BRT stations along the length of the route, and construction of new bus-only travel lanes on 14 Street W between Southland Drive and 75 Avenue S.W. Buses will run in mixed traffic along the rest of the route, except on portions of Glenmore Trail and Crowchild Trail, where buses will be able to use the shoulder lanes to bypass traffic in rush hour.

There have been a number of opportunities for residents to engage with The City and provide input into the design of the project. There have been a number of responses, and information shared during the design of the project that you will find on this page.

Facilitated citizen involvement

As directed at the July 25, 2016 meeting of Council, The City has completed the facilitated citizen involvement sessions and online engagement to move to the final design for the Southwest BRT.

The feedback and input collected from the online engagement and the workshop has been compiled and available below. The project team will use feedback collected during the facilitated citizen involvement program where able and appropriate to help inform the final design of the Southwest BRT.

Comments and Feedback from workshop

 

Responses to questions

At the April 20, 2016 Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit (SPC on T&T), a number questions were asked by Calgarians about the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The City developed detailed responses to the 62 questions asked in a document called Southwest BRT Response to Public Questions that was presented at the July 20, 2016, SPC on T&T.

Along with the answers to the 62 questions, The City provided theTransportation Report to SPC on T&T – 2016 July 20. Attachment 2 of the Report, theSouthwest BRT Response to Public Questions, has been separated into its own PDF due to file size.

Please note: If you are unable to open the PDF on your Android phone, please download the PDF before opening, or try viewing it from a desktop.

Along with the answers to the 62 questions, and report to the SPC on T&T, The City presented this overview video​ to show the proposed changes to the SW BRT route, proposed station design, and destinations serviced by the SW BRT.

About the project

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SW Brt

About BRT

Bus Rapid Transit (or BRT) is an efficient, reliable bus service. Cities around the world have adopted BRT services, and view them as an integral part of their overall transit and transportation plans.

BRT routes have fewer stops than a regular bus route, which means they can cover more ground, more quickly. The four new BRT projects will fill important gaps in the existing transit network, and provide more direct connections to major destinations. Direct connections are important, as we know that Calgarians are 50 per cent less likely to use transit if they have to make a transfer to a second (or third) bus or train.

The four new BRT projects complement the existing network of BRT and LRT routes, and are designed with connections to the future Green Line LRT in mind.​​​​