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Calgary's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network

Project Update - November 2018

Construction update

Construction to support our launch of three of four new BRT services is largely complete, on time and on budget. Learn more below about the benefits of BRT systems and the related construction projects required to launch the new routes – now  operating as MAX Purple, MAX Orange and MAX Teal.

Meanwhile, construction supporting the Southwest BRT – the fourth and final BRT project underway – is expected to wrap up in 2019.

BRT service update

Introducing MAX – Three new lines, three new colours

MAX is Calgary's new rapid transit service that takes you to major destinations across the city with more convenience, more comfort and more connections than ever before. Whether it's across town or downtown, MAX's three new lines can take you, and connect you, where you want to go. Find out more about MAX at calgarytransit.com/MAX

MAX Purple (17 Avenue S.E. BRT)
The MAX Purple line serves key destinations such as Forest Lawn, International Avenue, Inglewood and Downtown.

MAX Orange (North Crosstown BRT)
The MAX Orange line serves major destinations such as Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, SAIT, Peter Lougheed Centre and the Genesis Centre. MAX Orange also connects Brentwood and Saddletowne CTrain stations, so you don't have to go downtown or transfer to cross the north side of the city.

MAX Teal (South Crosstown BRT)
The MAX Teal line can take you to Mount Royal University, Rockyview General Hospital and the Douglas Glen Park and Ride lot. MAX Teal also connects Westbrook and Heritage CTrain stations, and the future Green line station at Douglas Glen.

 

BRT network overview

Calgary’s primary transit network is made up by the most frequent, well-connected and integrated transit services in our city. With the addition of three new BRT routes (MAX), our primary transit network now includes seven BRT routes and three LRT lines.

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.

For example, some routes run on dedicated bus lanes, while others operate 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 – such as the three new MAX routes. And we know direct connections are important: Calgarians are 50 per cent more likely to use transit if they don’t have to transfer a second (or third) time.

Here’s the main benefits that make BRT a convenient, comfortable and well-connected option for customers:

  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.

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

There have been a number of budget approvals related to the BRT program, with funding coming from a number of sources including the provincial and federal governments. The table below outlines the budgets for the four BRT's as well as the budgets for work which was previously approved, and will be built as part of construction for the Southwest BRT. This budget information was presented at the November 13, 2017 Council meeting. The overall budget for the four BRT projects included in the BRT program is $340M. The City is managing the budget for all the projects to maintain the overall program budget.

​​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

MAX (BRT) routes now operating

MAX Purple: 17 Avenue S.E. BRT
MAX Purple route map
MAX Purple route schedule

MAX Teal: South Crosstown BRT
MAX Teal route map
MAX Teal route schedule

MAX Orange: North Crosstown BRT
MAX Orange route map
MAX Orange route schedule

Route changes effective Nov. 19, 2018
Subject to change; plan ahead

About MAX
Comfort, convenience, connections

Calgary Transit Winter Weather Guide
Check for route detours when it snows

Other BRT and Transit projects
Southwest BRT
Green Line
Transit projects

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