On Wednesday council’s Transportation and Transit committee will meet to review the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (SWBRT) corridor.
I am strongly in favour of the SWBRT as an important mobility option for seniors, students and residents across Calgary. Combined with projects like the Green Line LRT, the SWBRT will help reduce congestion on our roads and keep our city moving.
BRT is high frequency, limited stop bus service that offers many of the advantages of train service for less cost. The city’s transportation plan, the RouteAhead, calls for Rapid Transit Corridors built on BRT to stretch over 70 km and connect all four quadrants of the City. In fact, one of the next projects will be the North Crosstown BRT, linking the University of Calgary and North Calgary via 16th Avenue to the Northeast LRT line.
The SWBRT will provide express-level service from downtown to Mount Royal University, the Rockyview Hospital and points further south. MRU is Calgary’s only public post-secondary institution without an LRT station.
Phase Map of the SWBRT
Ward 4 residents will benefit from another option to get to numerous institutions and office hubs along Crowchild and 14th Street SW or to attend classes at MRU. Connecting through downtown, the SWBRT will get us where we need to go safely and efficiently, while making better use of expensive and congested roadways.
While a well-financed lobby group with backroom political connections has vocally opposed the project, the response addressing their concerns is very thorough. Check it out here, and then watch the discussion about transportation on July 20th at 9:30 AM here.
You can find out more about the SWBRT below. I encourage all of us to get informed and get involved.
- Entire SPC on Transit and Transportation Agenda: http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=2088&doctype=AGENDA
- City of Calgary SW BRT Information Page: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Southwest-Transitway.aspx?redirect=/swtransitway
- Calgarians for BRT – the public advocacy group in support of the SW BRT Project: https://twitter.com/YYC4BRT