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North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project


Project update - November 2018

Construction update

The North Crosstown BRT construction project – now operating as MAX Orange – is largely complete, on time and on budget. Two of the new BRT stations – at Alberta Children’s Hospital – are still in progress but should be open in mid December. Real-time information systems for all new stations are expected to be installed and operating by the end of January. Crews will return next spring to wrap up landscaping work around the new stations where required. Thank you everyone for your patience and cooperation throughout construction.

Related upgrades at the 52 Street and McKnight Boulevard N.E. intersection are also complete. We designed the upgrades to improve transit reliability by reducing rush hour delays and providing better pedestrian access to Castleridge Plaza. See the intersection design.

BRT service update – MAX Orange

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.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and input on the route changes we proposed with you this fall. We finalized the changes and launched MAX Orange on Nov. 19, 2018. Route maps and schedules are available here; information about all route changes are listed on

MAX Orange 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.


North Crosstown BRT project overview

The North Crosstown BRT project – now operating as MAX Orange – refers to The City’s construction of amenities to create a more comfortable, convenient and connected transit experience for customers. The scope of work included:

  • Installing new traffic signals to give approaching buses an extended green light.
  • Building transit-only queues that allow buses to jump ahead of other traffic.
  • Building new BRT stations along the route, complete with:
    • heated shelters
    • enhanced CCTV cameras
    • better lighting
    • larger platforms
    • public art displays
    • next-bus arrival times

Public engagement

Throughout the design process, we talked with Calgarians, transit customers, 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, we made several changes in our planning, as well as in station designs and locations.

BRT route engagement documents:

Area projects

There are a number of developments and projects along the route, such as the Crowchild Trail Study, Calgary Cancer Centre, University District and others. The project team will work with other City project teams and private industry to share information and coordinate when possible.

Related documents

MAX (BRT) routes now operating

MAX Orange: North Crosstown BRT
MAX Orange route map
MAX Orange route schedule

MAX Purple: 17 Avenue S.E. BRT
MAX Purple route map
MAX Purple route schedule

MAX Teal: South Crosstown BRT
MAX Teal route map
MAX Teal route schedule

Route changes effective Nov. 19, 2018
Subject to change; plan ahead

About MAX
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Other BRT and Transit projects
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North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit

The North Crosstown BRT will connect the Brentwood and Saddletowne LRT stations with direct, reliable transit service without going downtown.
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