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33 AV SW Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Stations

April 13, 2018 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On February 7 representatives of the RKHCA, MLCA and MLBIA met with City of Calgary Transportation officials to discuss the proposed 33 Avenue SW BRT stations, including where best to locate the stations and how best to provide safe and comfortable access to, from and between the stations, given that they will be located at or near what is currently a freeway interchange.  Below is a summary of the discussion:

  • The preferred location for the SB station is at the NW corner of the signalized intersection on the west side of the overpass
    • This is the same location as the existing transit stop.
    • Advantages of this location include:
      • Closer to the Marda Loop business district, the likely primary source/destination of station users
      • Eliminates the need for stations users travelling to/from the Marda Loop business district to cross the right slip lane from SB Crowchild Trail to WB 33 Avenue SW (which we understand cannot be eliminated due to the volume of vehicle traffic it handles during the evening rush hour period, which would otherwise end up backing up on to SB Crowchild Trail)
      • Allows the station to be used by other transit routes
  • The preferred location for the NB station is at the NE corner of the signalized intersection on the east side of the overpass.
    • To make sufficient room for the station at this location the existing right slip lane from WB 33 Avenue SW to NB Crowchild Trail would need to be closed
    • To compensate for the closure of the right slip lane:
      • The curb lane on WB 33 Avenue SW approaching the signalized intersection on the east side of the overpass could be turned into a forced right turn onto NB Crowchild Trail; and
      • The left turn bay on WB 33 Avenue SW approaching the signalized intersection on the east side of the overpass could be lengthened to accommodate more vehicles wanting to turn left onto SB Crowchild Trail
    • Advantages of this location include:
      • Closer to the Marda Loop business district, the likely primary source/destination of station users
      • Eliminates a dangerous right slip lane that has already left at least one RKH resident permanently disabled 
  • The preferred access would be via a separate pedestrian/cycle overpass connecting the NB and SB stations, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to access both stations from either direction without any need to interact with vehicles
  • If a pedestrian overpass is not possible, then:
    • The right slip lane from WB 33 Avenue SW to NB Crowchild Trail should be eliminated, as described above;
    • The WB curb lane on the overpass (which vehicles no longer have much need for since the interchange’s traffic signals were changed from the previous “first load the overpass then clear the overpass” approach to the current “free flow” approach) should be eliminated (or both WB lanes narrowed as much as possible) and the space repurposed to create a wider, buffered pedestrian/cycle pathway along the north side of the overpass between the NB and SB stations;
    • The right slip lane from SB Crowchild Trail to WB 33 Avenue SW should be reconfigured as a “Smart Right”, to make crossing safer for station users travelling to/from the residential areas on the west side of Crowchild Trail
  • All pedestrian and cycle access to, from and between the stations should be coordinated with, and may be partially funded from, the 33/34 Avenue SW Main Streets streetscape plan 

Our understanding is that the City of Calgary officials that attended the meeting will be looking into the feasibility of these station locations and potential access solutions and will be getting back to ourselves, the MLCA, the MLBIA and the Ward 8 Councillor’s office.  As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on this, or any other development-related issue in RKH.  Email us at development@richmondknobhill.ca.

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