My office has heard many questions and concerns regarding the SW Transitway BRT project. We've hoped to capture and address many of these here. I encourage you to subscribe to Ward 11 updates to stay connected and ensure you receive information as it becomes available.
For project background information, please check out my SW Transitway BRT Update or visit the project website atcalgary.ca/swtransitway.
A BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) network is a way to provide reliable, timely multi-passenger transportation without the costly infrastructure associated with LRT projects. The goal is to offer a transportation option that can be considered a competitive alternative to private vehicular travel.
City Council approved this project in 2011, as part of the Route Ahead. Building the transitway now is an investment in meeting the future demand for transit in the southwest part of the City. BRT service will:
The BRT project was approved by Council in 2011, however it was put on hold until dedicated funds could be found. This past September, the Province dedicated funds via their GreenTrip initiative. As Transportation was already scheduled to hold public sessions on the Ring Road, they took the opportunity to re-introduce the SW Transitway project to the public as well. Notification was given to the Community Associations as soon as possible, and there were BOLD signs distributed within the Communities. Additionally, the Ward 11 office issued an information link in our September electronic newsletter. Anti-spam legislation forbids us from contacting you if you haven’t given us your explicit permission to do so. Please subscribe here if you haven’t already. There will be more information sessions in early 2016...please stay tuned!
The six existing lanes will be shifted within the existing road right-of-way. Two additional bus only lanes will be added on the west side of the road, with much of the space donated by more space-effective medians. No private properties or park space will be expropriated for this project.
No. The BRT system is designed to work with local foot traffic, existing bus lines, and the recreational pathway system. The City of Calgary will work with communities should commuter parking issues arise.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2016, and to be completed by late 2018.
The BRT line will have a very minimal effect on traffic patterns once construction is done. The busses will travel along their own lanes, separated from 14th street, from Southland Drive to 75th avenue. At this point, there will likely be a signal adjustment to accommodate bus service joining regular traffic at the Glenmore overpass. Along Crowchild Trail, the busses will travel in the shoulder lanes that are there now.
No. The City is working with the Rockyview Hospital and Alberta Health Services to ensure that access will not be affected.
Each BRT is able to accommodate 70 passengers and replace many vehicles, which will result in less overall pollution coming from the roadway.
The City is embracing natural gas busses after determining that they offer no cold weather operational issues, and will be buying these units exclusively going forward. However, more than half of the diesel fleet currently has measurable particulate emissions with only a negligible difference to the emissions levels of the natural gas fleet. This is due to the use of two technologies, which are Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF)
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