North Central Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvements

Project update - May 19, 2022

North Pointe Park and Ride lot improvements project

Starting on May 27, temporary lane and sidewalk closures will be in place on northbound Harvest Hills Boulevard, adjacent to the Park and Ride lot, as follows:

  • FULL CLOSURE: 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 straight through until 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30
    • Both northbound lanes and the east sidewalk on Harvest Hills Boulevard adjacent to the Park and Ride lot will be closed
    • Both southbound lanes will remain open
    • The west sidewalk on Harvest Hills Boulevard will remain open
  • SINGLE LANE CLOSURE: 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30 for approximately two weeks
    • One northbound lane and the east sidewalk on Harvest Hills Boulevard adjacent to the Park and Ride lot will be closed
    • One northbound lane and both southbound lanes will remain open
    • The west sidewalk on Harvest Hills Boulevard will remain open

Detours will be in place for drivers, pedestrians and transit users. 

Access to the park and ride lot will be maintained via the entrance on Country Village Link N.E. The entrance located on Harvest Hills Boulevard N. will be temporarily closed.

Transit service will continue, however some bus stop locations will be adjusted to accommodate construction.

Current projects

North Pointe Park and Ride lot improvements

As part of the first North Central BRT improvements project, The City will be completing 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., will be converted for Transit use only. A new public entrance will be 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 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 will move forward as funding becomes available for each project.

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. Click here to 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

Project timeline

North Pointe Park and Ride improvements

  • Finalize engineering design: Summer 2021
  • Tender and award contract: Summer 2021
  • Begin construction: Summer 2021
  • Construction substantially complete: Winter 2021
  • Final landscaping: Spring 2022

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.

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Questions?

Email the project team at northcentralBRT@calgary.ca.

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