The SW Transitway BRT project is a new 22 km bus route that runs from Woodbine to downtown. The new service will connect communities in the southwest directly to Glenmore Landing, Heritage Park, Rockyview Hospital, Mount Royal University, Lincoln Park, Currie Barracks, Marda Loop and downtown.
Update October 28, 2016
At this time, the project team is finalizing the designs of the north portion of the SW BRT, from Glenmore North to downtown. The project team expects to go to tender very soon, with construction beginning next year.
For the south portion, the project team has been working with ATCO to prepare for their work on replacing the gas lines under 14th Street SW, as part of ATCO's Urban Pipeline Replacement Program. We expect that work to also begin in 2017.
The project team will be going out to the public again in 2017 in preparation for the final designs and then going to tender on the south portion of the SW BRT. The expectation is to begin construction on that portion in 2018, as soon as ATCO has completed their work, with a completion of the full BRT in 2019.
As soon as my office gets further information or notice of any public events, we will share this with residents of the area.
Update July 25th, 2016
Council approved the recommendations moved by the Transportation and Transit Committee to pursue option 1: to take advantage of the work ATCO is required to complete as part of their Urban Pipeline Renewal Project, and coordinate their construction with the construction of the dedicated transitway, as 14th Street SW will be dug up to accommodate the pipeline work.
I brought forward a MotionArising
to direct administration to begin work on the design and construction of a pedestrian overpass at 14th Street and 90th Avenue SW, with the goal of its completion for the opening of the SW BRT.
Update July 21st, 2016
Following the public portion, and further questions for Administration, committee moved recommendations concerning the project to further address the concerns that were heard. Specifically, we moved that:
1. Receive this report for information;
2. Direct Administration to communicate responses to the 62 questions (Attachment 2) with the public and stakeholders;
3. Direct Administration to continue to work with the:
a) Mayor and the area Councillors on a detailed plan and budget that responds to travel demand while seeking to minimize impacts to key stakeholders and the travelling public,
b) and to proceed with the implementation of the SW BRT project in a staged manner consistent with Option 1 as outlined in this report;
4. Direct Administration to continue working closely with ATCO on the development of an efficient staging plan, in conjunction with the BRT phasing plan, for construction on the 14 Street SW corridor which maximizes mobility and minimizes disruption to the surrounding communities, while ensuring construction is completed in a cost effective and timely manner;
5. Direct Administration that Program 566 is not to exceed the previously approved Council budget of $208 million. Within the approved Program 566 budget, Administration can redistribute the funding between the North Crosstown, South Crosstown, 17 Avenue SE and Southwest BRT projects with a consistent scope to these projects to effectively deliver a BRT network for Calgarians.
6. Direct Administration to report back with recommendations to Council through the Priorities and Finance Committee with a progress report no later than 2016 December 31 with:
a) Changes to the City’s capital budgeting process, including but not limited to consideration of Class 1-5 cost estimating process;
b) Criteria used to rank capital projects;
c) Criteria for determining the appropriate contingencies for projects; and
d) The Council approval process in relation to cost estimates, contingencies, budgets and scope changes;
7. Direct SPC on Transportation and Transit to forward report TT2016-0578 to the 2016 July 25 Regular Meeting of Council as an item of Urgent Business.
8. Direct Administration to undertake a facilitated citizen involvement approach for the proposed SW BRT project south of Glenmore Trail, as soon as possible, to include but not limited to:
a) Utilizing the latest online tools;
b) Workshops; and
c) Citizen opportunities to provide input on project components (stations and sound attenuation), community impacts, risks (safety) and phasing.
Update July 13th, 2016
The City has now published the Transportation Report to SPC on T&T - 2016 July 20 in advance of the Committee Meeting to give us all time to read the materials before July 20. Attachment 2 of the Report, the Southwest BRT Response to Questions, has been separated into its own PDF due to file size.
Update April 21st, 2016
Yesterday, the Transportation and Transit committee heard the update report from city administration on the development of 4 BRT’s across the city. The SW BRT is part of that package approved by city council.
Over the course of the day, committee heard from 53 members of the public giving their input and feeback on the proposed BRT’s. The vast majority of the public was there to speak to the SW BRT. Over the course of the day and evening, city staff compiled all of the questions that were heard from the public. They have committed to answering all 62 of the questions expressed.
Update March 23rd, 2016
The SW Transitway BRT Online Engagement Portal is now available. Please take this opportunity to comment, make suggestions, ask questions, and rate the importance of certain design features.
Update February 24th, 2016
Thank you to everyone who attended the City of Calgary's information session on February 23rd, 2016 at the Woodcreek Community Association. Today, Mayor Nenshi announced that future in-person public information sessions on the project are cancelled.
This is the information I shared around the session:
My letter to community members (shared at the information session on February 23rd, 2016)
My letter to the community following public information session cancellations (February 24th, 2016)
Please read my FAQs that respond to the most common questions I am hearing:
Additional information can be found on the SW Transitway BRT Project website.