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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

Project update - April 2018

Let's talk about bus routes

Three new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes are coming this fall and that means better connections and convenience for transit riders. The routes will fill important gaps in the primary transit network to get you where you need to go. Starting this month, we need to hear from transit riders about the proposed revisions to bus routes and what that means for how you get around the city. Calgary Transit's goal is to increase connectivity and efficiency for riders.

We need your input

We're proposing changes to dozens of routes across the city and we need your input. Our goal is to make sure these routes are efficient, reliable, and connect to major destinations in the city.

Join us at one of our open houses to let us know what you think:

  • May 1, 2018: St. Andrews Heights Community Association, 2504 13 Ave N.W., from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • May 7, 2018: Foothills Medical Centre Garden Deli, 1403 29 St. N.W. from 2 - 4 p.m.

Online Feedback

Can't make it to an open house? No problem. Go to engage.calgary.ca/busreview​ to see all the proposed new bus routes and let us know what you think.

Keep up to date with construction

The City is building four BRT routes that will fill important gaps in the primary transit network, and provide efficient, reliable transit for Calgarians. We're ramping up for the 2018 construction season, so for more information on each project please visit:

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

 

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 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.

All BRT projects are different. Some BRT projects, for example, require dedicated bus lanes to run efficiently and reliably, while others operate well in mixed traffic. Similarly, some BRT projects are built into the heart of under-serviced communities so that Calgarians can walk or take a feeder bus to a station, while other projects focus more on providing connections to LRT stations and other 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. Decisions about route alignments, station locations, station size, and parking facilities, are all dependent on a number of criteria, including:

  • Existing demand for a service
  • Future/forecasted demand for a service
  • Passenger origins and destinations
  • Pedestrian accessibility
  • Options for traveling to and from BRT stations
  • Station capacity

Network history

The BRT Program 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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Budget

The capital budget approved by City council in 2014 allocated $78M to the BRT Program, which includes the South Crosstown, North Crosstown, 17 Avenue S.E., and Southwest BRT projects. In the fall of 2015 the Government of Alberta approved the City of Calgary's application for $130M in GreenTRIP funding for the BRT Program, bringing the total approved BRT Program funding to $208M.

The $208M BRT Program budget was established based on project estimates at the Order of Magnitude and Conceptual Design stage. The Conceptual Design was based on having basic bus stops with limited features, similar to a standard bus shelter on a concrete pad. In the years since the conceptual design was produced, we've heard from Calgarians, through engagement as part of RouteAhead in 2012, that they'd like to see a higher level of service, with better features for an improved customer experience.

Building Calgary's transit network


Calgary's BRT network

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

How we got here

BRT and Transit projects

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