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Transitway on Calgary's 17 Ave SE will put bus riders on fast track

Bus-only lanes will make service more reliable: city

This artist rendering shows a bus stop near the western end of the Transitway.
Courtesy City of Calgary

Courtesy City of Calgary

This artist rendering shows a bus stop near the western end of the Transitway. Courtesy City of Calgary

Bus-only lanes are coming to Calgary’s southeast as the city prepares to build its first transitway in 2016.

As 17 Ave SE is redeveloped, the city will be adding two bus lanes in the middle of the road between 26 Street SE and Hubalta Road.

The buses will have five stops along the road, and will be able to sail past any traffic backlogs, making transit more reliable for users.

There will still be two lanes of traffic in each direction for vehicles, and pedestrians will see improved sidewalks as part of the work.

Howard Kai, project manager for the 17 Avenue Southeast Transitway, said the group is currently consulting with local residents and business owners at artBOX on 17E.

They’re working on a plan to widen the road in a way that will affect the smallest amount of private property.

“We’re really trying to drive up reliability for the transit users as well as the station amenities,” said Kai.

Sam Plucer was one of the property owners who stopped in to see the latest plans. He said he stands to lose some green space in front of his property.

“One of my concerns is, where will I pile the snow when they shovel it off the parkade?” asked Plucer, adding that city administration is working with him on a possible solution to this.

Overall, he is in favour of the project.  

“If they can go through with it and everyone’s in agreement, I think it will enhance the area,” he said.

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