A BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) is a network that provides reliable, timely multi-passenger transportation without the costly infrastructure of LRTs. After an initial proposal by Brian Pincott (Ward 11 Councillor) back in 2010, the SW Transitway BRT is finally moving forward.
In February 2010, I brought forward the Notice of Motion to conduct a functional design study for a BRT system in southwest Calgary. At the time, negotiations surrounding the Ring Road had been ongoing at various levels since the 1970s. The SW Transitway Notice of Motion was developed against a backdrop of communities south of the Glenmore Reservoir having only one major thoroughfare to access downtown, and a booming population in this area of the city.
Council directed administration to apply for dedicated funding for this project under the Government of Alberta’s GreenTRIP program. This September 2015, funds were granted by the provincial government for this important traffic-reducing BRT line. The City held two information sessions on the SW Transitway and the SW Ring Road on October 27th and October 29th 2015. [Brian Pincott]
The BRT stops will overlap with pre-existing transit stops, mostly. Overlapping stops will be between 14 Street and 75 Avenue SW, and new stops will be introduced on 14 Street, aligning with major activity centres like Heritage Park, Rockyview Hospital and Glenmore Landing.
The City also says that the Transportation Department is working on options to streamline the flow of traffic along this corridor. This is good news, since traffic volume has been an increasing concern in this ward.