Construction work has commenced on the 17 Avenue S.E. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Calgary, Canada.
The project, which will be executed in two phases, involves the construction of dedicated, bus-only lanes along 17 Avenue S.E. between Hubalta Road and 9 Avenue S.E. in Inglewood.
The initial phase includes construction of dedicated transit lanes from Hubalta Road to 28 Street S.E. and complete corridor refresh along International Avenue including a new road surface, wider sidewalks, boulevards, landscaping and enhanced crosswalks.
The second phase involves the construction of three bridges to transit vehicles, across the Bow River, Western Headworks Canal and Deerfoot trail and a multi-use path parallel to the BRT lanes.
The first phase secured $64m in funding from government of Alberta’s green transit incentives program and $30m from the city of Calgary. The second phase secured $21.25m in provincial funding and $42.5m in federal funding. Construction on the two phases is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence Kent Hehr said: “The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to helping Canadians get to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day.
“We are pleased to be supporting the second phase of this project, which will provide Calgary residents with more transportation options, reduce air pollution, and help families spend more time together.”