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Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

Project update - February 2017

As directed at the July 25, 2017, meeting of Council, The City is moving ahead with facilitated citizen involvement sessions as well as online engagement to move to final design for the Southwest BRT.

Calgarians are encouraged to provide their input online beginning February 22, 2017, and invited stakeholders will participate in a workshop in mid-March, 2017.

The City has identified stakeholder groups – including community associations, citizen groups, and institutions – along the Southwest BRT route that will participate in a workshop to provide feedback and input on the current design. The workshop is one more step in the design process where community input will inform the final design. At the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to provide input and get more information on:

  • Pedestrian overpasses at 90 Avenue S.W.
  • Construction staging and phasing
  • Station connections (including pedestrian overpass at 75 Avenue S.W.)
  • Parking
  • Landscaping
  • Noise attenuation

Prior to the workshop, all Calgarians will have the opportunity to provide input and get more information on the topics above, and the online feedback collected will be presented as a component of the workshop.

Upcoming events

  • February 11, 2017 – Introductory session with invited stakeholders
  • February 22 – March 8, 2017 – Online engagement for all Calgarians
  • March 18, 2017 –Workshop with invited stakeholders

The City is committed to providing opportunities for Calgarians to provide input into the final design for the Southwest BRT, so sign up for the mailing list to get up to date information on the online engagement that starts in February.

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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 the Transportation Report to SPC on T&T – 2016 July 20. Attachment 2 of the Report, the Southwest 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 City of Calgary’s BRT network includes many different types of BRT service and infrastructure. The City adapts BRT projects to suit the needs of the communities and customers it serves.

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.

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About BRT

The City of Calgary is working to create and improve transportation options for Calgarians. One of those options is the new BRT network.

Bus Rapid Transit (or BRT) is a fast, 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. 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.

Not all BRT projects require dedicated bus lanes. In lower traffic volume areas, BRT services can run quickly and reliably in mixed traffic. In higher volume traffic areas, BRTs are faster and more reliable if they run in their own, dedicated lanes.

The City of Calgary currently operates five BRT routes, including routes 300, 301, 302, 305 and 306. 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.

About the project

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