16 Ave info

Published Monday, November 19, 2018

How often is the pedestrian overpass inspected and maintained?What is involved in maintenance?

The pedestrian overpass structure is inspected every year. We assess the condition of the concrete substructure, concrete superstructure, hand rails and structural connections. We inspect the condition of the stairs every Spring and Fall to ensure there are no trip hazards.

Maintenance activities include bridge washing, graffiti removal and concrete repair. All safety hazards are addressed immediately. Maintenance is completed by the Transportation Department

What will be the date of the overpass painting? Can the community have an input on colour scheme?

The City can paint the bridge in summer 2019. We will work with the community during the color selection process.

What are the long term plans for the interchange? How is that impacted by the November budget announcements?

The long term interchange is not included in the next four year budget cycle. However, the Transportation department has identified this bridge as a priority for the next ten years. Details about timelines and funding have not been determined.

Why was it not possible to create “pull-in style” BRT station so that buses do not have to brake in a lane of traffic? Won’t buses simply stopping on 16​​th Ave no create traffic backups?

The North Crosstown BRT represents an important investment in transit across the north of Calgary. It represents a major step towards fulfilling the plans set out in Route Ahead, and has significant benefits for transit customers in northeast Calgary. The North Crosstown will create a new direct connection from residential communities in the northeast along 16 Avenue N to major destinations such as SAIT, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the University of Calgary. One of the main objectives of this project is to reduce travel time for transit
customers, and that is a major reason why we have not built lay-bys a tour new stations; this project looks to reduce transit travel time, while installing lay-bys would compromise this goal.

Calgary Transit recognizes that transit lay-bys can be very useful where they are needed. When a bus stops on a street with a speed limit over 60km/h (such as the 70km/h zone of Country Hills Bv near the Airport), lay-bys are built for safety reasons, as higher-speed roads carry a greater risk of a rear-end collision. Lay-bys are also used at time point stops, as the bus may park there for longer periods of time. However, lay-bys de-prioritize transit and increase travel time when they are built without a specific purpose. A bus that tries to exit a lay-by after picking up or dropping off customers must wait for all traffic to clear before pulling back into the travel lane, which introduces delay along the route and reduces reliability. The North Crosstown is being built with many priority measures to make its trip faster, such as transit signal priority and queue jump lanes at key intersections. Building more lay-bys would slow the route down, which would not be beneficial to transit customers.

Another major goal of the North Crosstown is to improve the customer waiting experience by building new amenities at stations. These include benches, heated shelters, real time arrival information, and ticket vending machines. The customer waiting amenities do have space requirements, which is why a North Crosstown station requires more space than a standard transit stop. Constructing a lay-by would reduce the amount of space available for customers, and it would restrict the station amenities that we are able to build. It would also introduce higher costs to the project, especially if a lay-by were to trigger a requirement for additional grading work. Lay-bys are generally expensive to build, and this cost increases where land needs to be graded and flattened. Some of our new stations on 16 Avenue N already require grading in order to build a station platform, which would need to be cut back and graded even further in order to fit a lay-by.

The North Crosstown is a key link to building out Calgary’s Primary Transit Network, and it will encourage transit use all over north Calgary while improving the trips of current customers along its route, including 16 Street N.