Southwest BRT - About the project
The Southwest BRT project is one of four additions to The City's primary transit network. The project includes new BRT stations along the length of the route, and construction of new bus-only travel lanes on 14 Street W between Southland Drive and 75 Avenue S.W. Buses will run in mixed traffic along the rest of the route, except on portions of Glenmore Trail and Crowchild Trail, where buses will be able to use the shoulder lanes to bypass traffic in rush hour.
There have been a number of opportunities for residents to engage with The City and provide input into the design of the project. There have been a number of responses, and information shared during the design of the project that you will find on this page.
Southwest BRT budget
There have been a number of 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 BRT's 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 November 13, 2017 Council meeting. The overall budget for the four BRT projects included in the BRT program is $304M. The City is managing the budget for all the projects to maintain the overall program budget.
The Southwest BRT corridor costs are calculated as follows:
|Budget Approved||Estimate at Completion/Investment|
|Southwest BRT||Budget Approved: $65.6 million||Estimate at Completion/Investment: $66.6 million|
|90 Ave/14 St pedestrian bridge||Budget Approved: $7.0 million||Estimate at Completion/Investment: $6.9 million|
|Noise barrier Southland/14 Street||Budget Approved: $1.5 million||Estimate at Completion/Investment: $1.5 million|
|Intersection upgrade 14 Street/Southland Drive||Budget Approved: $2.5 million||Estimate at Completion/Investment: $2.5 million|
|Total||Budget Approved: $76.6 million||Estimate at Completion/Investment: $77.5 million|
Facilitated Citizen Involvement
As directed at the July 25, 2016 meeting of Council, The City has completed the facilitated citizen involvement sessions and online engagement to move to the final design for the Southwest BRT.
The feedback and input collected from the online engagement and the workshop has been compiled and available below. The project team will use feedback collected during the facilitated citizen involvement program where able and appropriate to help inform the final design of the Southwest BRT.
Comments and Feedback from workshop
Responses to questions
At the April 20, 2016 Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit (SPC on T&T), a number questions were asked by Calgarians about the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The City developed detailed responses to the 62 questions asked in a document called Southwest BRT Response to Public Questions that was presented at the July 20, 2016, SPC on T&T.
Along with the answers to the 62 questions, The City provided the Transportation Report to SPC on T&T – 2016 July 20. Attachment 2 of the Report, the Southwest BRT Response to Public Questions, has been separated into its own PDF due to file size.
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Along with the answers to the 62 questions, and report to the SPC on T&T, The City presented this overview video to show the proposed changes to the SW BRT route, proposed station design, and destinations serviced by the SW BRT.
BRT program online engagement - March 2016
From March 23, 2016 to May 20, 2016 all Calgarians were asked to provide their input on the BRT program online. Through the online forum, The City received 975 unique comments and questions about the BRT program. The online engagement asked residents for comments and feedback on eight themes related to the BRT program.
Southwest BRT engagement – October 2015 – March 2016
- February 2016 open house boards
- Project fact sheet March 2016
- What We Heard Report (SW BRT) October 2015 – February 2016
- Southwest BRT - Survey Report 2016
Plans & Studies
Tree Removal during construction
While we make every effort to avoid impacts to trees as part of construction, it is necessary to remove approximately 350 trees at various locations along the BRT route. When trees are impacted as a part of construction a tree compensation plan is developed to replace the lost tree canopy. We are working with The City's Parks and Urban Forestry departments to develop landscaping and compensation plans for the project.
A compensation plan is based on the value of the impacted trees, determined by the health, size, species and location of the trees. It's important to note that replacement trees are planted in the closest suitable location to replace the impacted trees.
There were trees planted at 75 Avenue S.W. in error in 2016 which had to be removed for construction. These trees were planted in the area based on an earlier design for the 14 Street S.W. and 75 Avenue S.W. intersection that was changed during the design process. These trees will be included in the compensation plan we are developing.
Tree removals along the Southwest BRT route:
Detailed information about how The City calculates ridership, and ridership forecasts for the Southwest BRT route, can be found in theSouthwest BRT Response to Public Questions document.
ATCO Gas is working in the area. As part of their Urban Pipeline Replacement (UPR) program, they are moving the high-pressure natural gas lines into Calgary’s Transportation Utility Corridor for a variety of reasons including: safety, capacity and to update vintage pipelines and technology. To learn more about the ATCO UPR project visit ATCO’s Southwest Calgary Connector project web page.
There are no plans to include Park and Rides with any of the four new BRT projects. The projects are intended to serve local communities and will primarily be accessed from within the community via feeder buses, walking and cycling.
Project teams will work with communities to implement residential parking restrictions if that is of interest to residents. There are different options for permitted parking in communities, including two-hour restrictions, residential parking permits, and others. Learn more about The City’s Residential Parking Permit Program.
The City of Calgary has not initiated or planned for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as part of the Southwest BRT project. Private developers may pursue future TOD redevelopments on their property based on their own planning.
More information about development near the Southwest BRT route can be found in theSouthwest BRT Response to Public Questions document.