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Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project

Questions about the BRT program

At the April 20, 2016 Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit, a number questions were asked by Calgarians about the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program. The City is working on detailed responses to the questions, and will provide answers to all of the questions at the July 20, 2016 meeting.

We know not all Calgarians could make it to the April 20 meeting, or were unable to watch the meeting online, so all of the questions asked at the meeting can be found here.

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

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About the project

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What is a 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.

Calgary’s BRT network

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.

The map below shows future transit capital projects, as identified in RouteAhead (2012).

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