The Southwest (SW) Transitway Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) project looks like it is finally moving forward.
In February 2010, I brought forward the Notice of Motion to conduct a functional design study for a BRT system in southwest Calgary. At the time, negotiations surrounding the Ring Road had been ongoing at various levels since the 1970s. The SW Transitway Notice of Motion was developed against a backdrop of communities south of the Glenmore Reservoir having only one major thoroughfare to access downtown, and a booming population in this area of the city.
Following the Notice of Motion, the City held a series of public engagement sessions to gather citizen input on this proposed Southwest BRT system. In 2011, City Council commissioned, and then approved a functional planning study.
Council directed administration to apply for dedicated funding for this project under the Government of Alberta’s GreenTRIP program. This September 2015, funds were granted by the provincial government for this important traffic-reducing BRT line. The City held two information sessions on the SW Transitway and the SW Ring Road on October 27th and October 29th 2015.
The bus stops largely overlap with pre-existing transit stops, especially from downtown to 14th Street SW and 75th Avenue SW. New stops will be introduced on 14th Street, to align with the major activity centres of Heritage Park, the Rockyview Hospital, and Glenmore Landing.
Transitway lanes will be either added or dedicated to bus use only, as the goal of the project is to ensure a reliable travel time for communities south of the Glenmore Reservoir similar to what would be experienced on an LRT. In conjunction with the construction of the bus lanes on the west side of 14th Street, the Transportation Department is crafting options to streamline the flow of traffic along this corridor.
Traffic volumes have been a serious issue in this corridor for years. Implementing a transitway allows the City of Calgary to effectively provide citizens with more options for getting around the city and getting cars off the road. This new transitway will help to relieve congestion, and connect all of you to major destinations in southwest Calgary and downtown.
Construction is expected to begin in 2016 following additional community engagement, and completion is currently targeted for the end of 2018. As with all major projects, short-term inconveniences due to construction will occur. Transportation will be working on construction staging and traffic management plans to minimize impacts as much as possible.
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