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17 Ave. S.E. BRT Phase 2: 28 Street to 9 Avenue S.E.


Project update - October 2019

Construction update

Crews are wrapping up the last pieces of work for the MAX Purple line. All of the pathways are now open and we thank residents for your patience while we've been completing work in the area. The BRT bridge multi-use pathway is now open for pedestrians and cyclists.


BRT service - MAX Purple

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.

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

Phase 2 project overview

Phase 2 of the 17 Avenue BRT project refers to the section of the route between 9 Avenue S.E. and 28 Street S.E. The scope of work included building:

  • Dedicated bus lanes on 17 Avenue S.E.
  • Three new bridges across the Bow River, Western Headworks Canal and Deerfoot Trail.
  • New BRT stations with shelters, enhanced lighting, heated waiting areas and real-time travel information.
  • At-grade road crossings at 19 Street S.E. and 26 Street S.E. (south side of 17 Avenue S.E.), and a modified intersection at 28 Street S.E. to move buses from the median lane into the separated roadway being built as part of Phase 2.
  • A new multi-use pathway for people who walk or cycle parallel to the BRT traffic lanes, and new connections to the existing pathways along the Western Headwaters Canal and the Bow River.

Phase 1 construction map

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Phase 2 construction map

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Want to see how Phase 2 construction progressed? Check out our time-lapse cameras:

BRT service overview

BRT services provide a number of benefits to transit customers, including:

  • Convenience. Fewer stops, fewer transfers to get to final destinations, next bus arrival time displays at stations.
  • Less travel time, more reliability. Dedicated transit lanes get customers to destinations more quickly and reliably.
  • Comfort and safety. Stations include enhanced lighting and CCTV, heat and larger platforms.
  • Connections. Access to major destinations.
Visit our BRT network page for more on how BRTs work and their history in our city.

Phase 2 project engagement

Throughout the design process, we talked with Calgarians, community groups and local businesses to understand how the project would impact them. Have a look at the What We Heard Report for the feedback received.

Thanks to those conversations, several design and planning changes were made to Phase 2.

Other engagement documents:

Earlier engagement (2015) introduced the project to the community, and collected input on topics such as BRT station features, safety, crime and noise concerns, and budget.

What the BRT route will look like when Phase 2 is complete

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

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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

Other BRT and Transit projects
Southwest BRT
Green Line
Transit projects


For project inquiries, please contact or call 311.