City set to launch MAX bus rapid transit lines in November

The secret, closely-guarded launch date of Calgary’s new bus rapid transit lines has finally been revealed.

New colours and a new name, the MAX bus lines, will roll out Nov. 19, covering the southeast, north and south.

“We’ve always been fall of 2018 for these three routes and being in service,” said a spokesperson for the city’s transportation department.

“I don’t think we’re necessarily behind,” Sean Somers said Monday.    

City council approved a $366,000 marketing and promotion campaign for the new MAX system last summer.

The southeast line will be purple, the north line will be orange and the south line will be, wait for it, teal.

The section in red shows the southeast transit-only bus line, which includes new bridges over a canal, Deerfoot and the Bow. (City of Calgary)

The city’s new BRT lines — including the southwest line, which is still under construction — are expected to cost $304 million. 

The southeast line is a massive project that includes a re-build of 17th Avenue S.E. between 26th Street and Hubalta Road, and three new, transit-only spans over the Bow River, Deerfoot Trail and the Western Irrigation District canal. Its price tag has been pegged at $181 million.

It will run along that stretch of 17th Avenue and connect to 9th Avenue S.E. in Inglewood.

The North Crosstown line will run between the Brentwood and Saddletowne LRT stations — with a lot of stops along the way, including the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre.

The South Crosstown route will run from Douglas Glen in the southeast to Westbrook in the southwest.

“It’s effectively a ‘lite’ LRT,” said Somers.

He says there will be fewer stops with greater frequency than traditional bus service — the goal is to get passengers to their destinations quicker.

The new name, “MAX,” is meant to be a play on “maximum,” as in the maximum level of service for customers. Some of the new shelters will be heated — a good thing since the buses are now set to roll on a potentially frigid Calgary day in November.



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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