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Calgary's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network

Project Update - July 2018

Thank you to all residents who provided feedback and input on the proposed route changes this fall. We have reviewed the feedback, and the following routes have been added, retained and/or changes based on feedback: 1, 24, 31, 43, 49, 68, 87, 90, 91 (retained), 127, 131 (now 155), 149, 305, and 17 Avenue SE BRT. You can see the full report, and summary of route changes at engage.calgary.ca/busreview.

The 17 Avenue S.E., North and South Crosstown BRTs will be up and running in the fall of 2018. The Southwest BRT will start service in 2019.

 

New BRT routes

We're building four new BRT routes to fill important gaps in our primary transit network. With the 2018 construction season well underway, we're on track to have three of the four new routes serving customers this fall.

For specific BRT route details - including route maps, BRT station designs, construction updates and more - please visit the BRT project page.

17 Avenue S.E. BRT

North Crosstown BRT

South Crosstown BRT

Southwest BRT

If you have questions about existing BRT routes - numbers 300, 301, 302 and 305 - please visit Calgary Transit.

 

What is a BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an efficient, reliable bus service that cities around the world have adopted. There are many different ways to design a BRT system, but they all have fewer stops to make getting around faster and more convenient.

Some routes run on dedicated bus lanes, while others operate well in mixed traffic. Some BRT routes are built into the heart of under-serviced communities, while others provide more direct connections to LRT stations and other major destinations. And we know direct connections are important: 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 additions to our BRT network include several types of roadway design, station features and connection conveniences for people who walk, cycle or drive to access a BRT route. The main benefits include:

  1. Convenience. Fewer stops, fewer transfers to get to final destinations, next bus arrival time displays at stations.
  2. Travel time and reliability. Dedicated transit lanes, queue jumps and extended green lights for approaching buses get customers to destinations faster and more reliably.
  3. Comfort and safety. Enhanced CCTV, enhanced lighting, heated shelters, larger platforms.
  4. Connections. Access to major destinations, fewer transfers to get to final destinations.

BRT Network history in Calgary

Calgary's BRT Network is the result of many years of planning and public engagement, beginning in 2007 with ImagineCalgary.

  • The four new BRT projects were first identified on the Primary Transit Network in the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP), which was approved by Council in 2009.
  • Preliminary functional studies were completed on both 17 Avenue SE BRT and Southwest BRT projects in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
  • The projects were then included in RouteAhead (approved in 2012), and Investing in Mobility (approved in 2014).
  • The projects received funding in September 2015 through the Province of Alberta's GreenTRIP program, and preliminary design on all four projects began shortly thereafter.
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BRT Network Budget

The table below outlines budgets approved for the four new BRT routes and associated projects. Funding has come from multiple sources, including contributions from both the provincial and federal governments.

​​Project Budget Approved Estimate at Completion
April 2016 - TT2016-0335
17 Avenue SE BRT - Phase 1 $88.0 - 96.0 million $89,000,000
Southwest BRT $57.0 - 65.6 million $66,600,000
South Crosstown BRT $18.7 - 21.2 million $21,400,000
North Crosstown BRT $20.4 - 24.7 million $28,000,000
Subtotal $184.1 - 207.5 million $205,000,000
January 2017 - TT2017-0012
90 Ave/14 Street Pedestrian Bridge (Program 833) $7.0 million $6,900,000
July 2016 - TT2016-0237    
17 Avenue SE BRT - Phase 2 $85.0 million $88,000,000
Total $299.5 million $299,900,000
 
Additional Southwest BRT associated projects
Noise Barrier - Southland/ 14 Street (Program 202) $1.5 million $1,500,000
Intersection upgrade - 14 Street and Southland (Program 234) $2.5 million $2,500,00
Subtotal $4.0 million $4,000,000
 
Total $304.0 million $303,900,000

How we got here


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