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Southwest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project

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Project update – Fall 2017

Currently, The City is constructing thetransit only lane in the road right of way at the southeast corner of the Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail S.W. interchange.

Pedestrian Detour: Starting October 10, 2017 there will be apedestrian detour for approximately four weeks at Lombardy Crescent S.W. As part of the construction in the area The City will be doing utility work close to the open space of the noise wall on Glenmore Trail S.W. In order to ensure pedestrian safety while work is done, pedestrians will be directed down the alley to connect with Crowchild Trail S.W. and the bus stop that is located on Glenmore Trail S.W.

As part of the construction in this area, a segment of the noise wall will be moved to accommodate the transit only road. Based on noise studies in this area, the addition of the transit lane will not have a significant effect on the current noise levels, and we will be planting landscaping in the area to provide separation from nearby houses.

The new road will only be used by BRT buses during times of congestion on Crowchild Trail to Glenmore Trail flyover.

As part of the construction this year, The City will also be adding painted,bus only lanes to the shoulder lane of Glenmore Trail (eastbound). The bus only shoulder lanes will be used by buses, when safe to do so, during rush hour to bypass congestion on Glenmore Trail.

Construction of the dedicated transit only lanes south of Glenmore trail will start in 2018, and the BRT service will be up and running in late 2019.

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.

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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.


Project overview

The Southwest BRT project is one of four additions to The City’s primary transit network. The four new projects will fill important gaps in the existing transit network, and provide Calgarians with fast, reliable connections to major destinations.

The Southwest BRT 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.

The new Southwest BRT project will run from Downtown Calgary to Woodbine, and will provide direct connections to major destinations that are currently underserviced by transit, such as Southland Leisure Centre, Glenmore Landing, Heritage Park, Rockyview Hospital, Mount Royal University, Lincoln Park, Currie Barracks, and Marda Loop.

The Southwest BRT is a better service for current transit passengers, and is a necessary, long-term transportation solution for the city.

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.