North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvements

Project update - May 2024

Construction began in late April 2024 at 40 Avenue North and Beddington Boulevard and will continue southbound along Centre Street wrapping up in November 2024, with further work to continue in 2025. During construction, all traffic lanes will remain open during peak hours, with single lane closures in place during non-peak hours as station improvements progress. Completion of the North Central BRT Short-Term Improvements Project is targeted for summer of 2025.

In preparation for construction, 40 trees along the corridor from 28 Avenue N.W. north to Country Hills Boulevard N.E. have been removed. We have worked hard to preserve as many trees as possible from any effects of construction. The project’s design includes planting 48 new trees to replace those removed.

Detailed design for the project was completed in the fall of 2023 and the project was tendered and awarded in early 2024.

Full details on future project areas and construction timelines will be posted on this page as plans are finalized in 2024.

View the Current projects section below for details.

Schedule updates will be posted on this page as details are confirmed.

Public information sessions

The project team hosted four public information sessions in April 2023 and April 2024 to share details on the construction plans and timelines.

Resources from these sessions are available below:

Current projects

North Central BRT short-term improvements

Project area

Project background

As part of the Green Line LRT project, The City conducted the North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) functional planning study from 2020 to 2021, resulting in recommendations for short-, medium-, and long-term improvements. The proposed North Central BRT improvements will link the investments that The City is making with Green Line to provide improved connections to north central communities and support the future transition to LRT along the corridor, which runs from Downtown along Centre Street up to Harvest Hills Boulevard N.E., and continues through to 160 Avenue N.E.

These improvements will:

  • provide shorter transit travel times
  • increase reliability
  • enhance comfort and convenience
  • improve accessibility
  • improve walking and wheeling amenities

With Green Line Committee approval of the study recommendations in May 2021, work on implementing the recommendations began to move forward in 2022.

Centre Street South Public Realm improvements

In coordination with the North Central BRT study and Tomorrow’s Chinatown, we are exploring public realm improvements for Centre Street South from the Riverfront Avenue to 4 Avenue South.

The first phase of this project included working with the community to identify areas of concern and opportunity for potential public realm improvements and pedestrian safety along Centre Street South. The analysis is focused on the North Central BRT Study to ensure that any infrastructure or stations that are proposed are integrated to promote the public realm and do not prevent any potential future improvements.

In spring 2021, two rounds of virtual public engagement were held to inform phase 1 of the project. Based on feedback received during engagement, the project team has developed preliminary design concepts and recommendations for consideration in future stages of the project. view the final report.

Phase 2 of the project will develop the concepts from phase 1 and complete a comprehensive streetscape master plan. Currently, there is no anticipated timeline for phase 2 of this project. This work will be completed as funding and resourcing for improvements become available.

Engagement

During engagement held from October 2020 – March 2021, we heard a desire for more reliable bus service, interest in reducing congestion for transit vehicles and cars, and the need to balance providing on-street parking and accommodating traffic during peak travel hours. This feedback along with technical analysis has been used to further develop the opportunities identified for the North Central BRT into short-, medium- and long-term improvements.

View the Phase 2: North Central Mobility & BRT Studies What We Heard Report

Completed projects

North Pointe Park and Ride Lot Improvements

As part of the first North Central BRT improvements project, The City completed enhancements to the North Pointe Park and Ride lot in Country Hills Village, including:

  • Addition of a bus-only lane
  • Installation of sidewalks along both sides of the bus-only lane

The existing entrance on the east side of the lot, along Country Village Link N.E., was converted for Transit use only. A new public entrance has been installed along the east side of the lot, slightly north of the Transit-only access.

These improvements will help to enhance safety and accessibility for transit users within the Park and Ride Lot today, while also preparing for future growth and infrastructure requirements within the North Central BRT network.

Project timeline

Short-term improvement projects

  • Engineering design: Fall 2022 – Winter 2023 
  • Tender and award construction contract: Winter 2023
  • Begin construction: Spring 2024
  • Construction substantially complete: Summer 2025

Please note: Construction activities are dependent on several factors. Timelines could change due to inclement weather, underground conditions and/or other unexpected circumstances. Schedule updates will be provided regularly.

Stay connected

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Questions?

Email the project team at northcentralBRT@calgary.ca.

Budget

$50 million (includes all short and medium-term projects)

Funding has been provided through the Green Line LRT project.

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