The City of Calgary and Shepard Development Corporation open new bus-only road
The City of Calgary, Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating and Shepard Development Corporation are pleased to announce the opening of the 40 Street S.E. bus-only connection to 126 Avenue S.E. today. The bus-only road is expected to improve transit reliability for customers by completely removing the Route 302 bus from Deerfoot Trail.
The bus-only road, along with the recently completed bus queue jump lanes at 114 Avenue and Barlow Trail S.E., are the first of a number of upcoming initiatives aimed at laying the groundwork for the future Green Line LRT.
“This marks an initial step in delivering more effective public transit to areas of Calgary that have historically been underserviced” said Councillor Shane Keating. “This much needed improvement provides a more efficient service in the short term for some of the fastest growing areas in Calgary and paves the way for the pending construction of the Green Line LRT.”
This project was made possible through a partnership with Shepard Development Corporation, who constructed and funded the infrastructure as part of a new development.
“Shepard Development is proud to work with The City of Calgary to turn over the temporary BRT route through the Shepard Station area along the future Green Line LRT route,” said Christie Simpson, Vice President. “We have planned a 1.5 million square foot suburban office campus on our lands surrounding the transit hub and transit connectivity is a key aspect of our overall master plan.”
On Dec. 3, 2016, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta announced more than $250 million in new funding for the Green Line LRT. This funding will allow construction to continue on a number of smaller projects that are essential to the future construction of the Green Line LRT. These projects include critical pre-construction work such as utility relocation, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements.
For more information on the Green Line LRT, please visit www.calgary.ca/greenline.