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17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project


Project update - October 2019

Construction update

Crews are wrapping up the last pieces of work for the MAX Purple line. Crews will be working up on International Avenue, and at the 19 Street S.E. intersection, and Blackfoot Trail S.E. this construction season.

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

MAX Purple
The MAX Purple line serves key destinations such as Forest Lawn, International Avenue, Inglewood and Downtown.

MAX Orange
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
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 CTrain station at Douglas Glen.


17 Avenue S.E. BRT project overview

The 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project is one of four additions to The City's primary transit network and includes construction of new bus-only travel lanes and new BRT stations.
Phase 1 of the project ran between 28 Street S.E. and Hubalta Road S.E. View more details about phase 1 of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project
Phase 2 of the project ran between 28 Street S.E. and 9 Avenue S.E. View more details about phase 2 of the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT project
A third and fourth phase for the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT are in our long-term plans. Phase 3 will extend the dedicated transit-only lanes west of the Blackfoot junction along 9 Avenue S.E. Phase 4 will extend east of Hubalta Road to 70 Street S.E. along 17 Avenue S.E. The study and preliminary design for Phase 4 is complete.


There have been several 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 BRTs 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 Nov. 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


City Council approved a Transportation Planning Study for 17 Avenue S.E. between Downtown and Stoney Trail East in July 2010 and a complementary land use concept for the 17 Avenue S.E. corridor.

MAX (BRT) routes now operating

MAX Purple: East hills - City Centre
MAX Purple route map
Max Purple route schedule

MAX Teal: Westbrook - Douglas Glen
MAX Teal route map
MAX Teal route schedule

MAX Orange: Brentwood - Saddletowne
MAX Orange route map
MAX Orange route schedule

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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