Bus-only lanes coming to Inglewood’s 9th Ave.
The city is creating bus-only lanes on Inglewood’s 9th Avenue S.E., one of the city’s busiest transit corridors.
Later this month, parking will be banned on the westbound side of the avenue during the morning peak, and in the eastbound lane during the afternoon peak. During those times, only buses and bicycles will be permitted in those curbside lanes.
The transit-friendly rule change through Inglewood’s core is part of a long-term plan to create a rapid-transit corridor towards Forest Lawn. Ninth Avenue S.E. handles many of Calgary’s busiest bus routes — 1, 302 and 305.
The rules will change within a few weeks, depending on when the weather permits sign installation, a city spokeswoman said.
BY JASON MARKUSOFF
Inglewood 9 Avenue S.E. bus only lanes
Starting in late 2011, new bus-only lanes will be introduced on 9 Avenue between 8 Street and 15 Street S.E.
9 Avenue is a key connection to the east side of the city and it will see increased bus service along the corridor in the coming years. With much feedback from the communities during the recent Transportation Planning Study on 17 Avenue and Inglewood, there was a recommendation to have peak period, peak direction bus-only lanes along 9 Avenue.
This was approved by Council, and we’re now proceeding with implementing the bus-only lanes.
Each weekday, 9 Avenue S.E. carries eight bus routes including the 302 and 305 BRT routes, carrying about 6,500 passengers at a rate of approximately 25 buses per hour during peak periods.