City Hall Station renaming: City Hall/Bow Valley College Station has been renamed in recognition of Bow Valley College as a prominent educational institution within our city. This change aims to enhance community connectivity, improve wayfinding, and recognize this educational institution as a city landmark. The renaming of the station will make navigation in the area easier for students, faculty, and community members, especially those who are newcomers to Calgary or are visiting the city.
Additional features on the Transit trip planning app: Calgary Transit has recently introduced a new feature on Transit app that enables customers to purchase monthly passes. Prior to this, users were able to buy single ride tickets and day passes only. This new integration will give app users the convenience of being able to use one app for all of their transit trips – from planning to paying.
The Girl Guide Transit Trailblazers challenge: Calgary Transit has teamed up with Girl Guides Calgary to host an annual Transit challenge called Transit Trailblazers, which launched on September 23, 2023. The challenge encourages young participants to explore their city with confidence and ease, while providing a sense of freedom and discovery using the public transit system. The challenge consists of a transit-themed scavenger hunt for Guides to complete—successful participants are awarded a special Transit Trailblazer crest.
Murals at CTrain stations: Calgary Transit is collaborating with BUMP YYC to install murals at Banff Trail, Barlow, Marlborough, Rundle, and Southland CTrain stations. These murals will be an exciting way for Calgary Transit to provide a more welcoming environment for customers, while highlighting the talents of local artists. Painting is set to begin this week.
Saddletowne terminal expansion: Construction at Saddletowne is tentative for the end of September (November 30th completion is projected). This project will serve to expand the terminal capacity using up some of the park and ride space on the other side of the LRT tracks.
Orange Shirt Day bus wrap: The City of Calgary is hosting events at Fort Calgary on Orange Shirt Day (September 30). Calgary Transit is supporting the Indigenous Relations Office to develop a special wrap for four buses that will be used as charters for these events and then will be in service until next Orange Shirt Day (see attached photos of the bus).
Haysboro storage garage extension: Calgary Transit is extending the LRT storage at Haysboro Storage Garage to accommodate 19 full four-car trains. This extension will help move Calgary Transit toward increasing the number of four-car trains serving the network. Work will begin in mid-October and the anticipated project completion is in summer of 2025.
Centre Street platform redesign: The Centre Street Platform Redesign project has been developed in response to the removal of the existing public art on the Centre Street LRT platform, along with an opportunity to revitalize this space and increase vibrancy. The new structure is anticipated to be installed on the Centre Street platform by end of Q2 2024. The project team is developing a plan that supports vibrancy while mitigating safety concerns, and still providing warmth and seating. Other groups involved in the project include Arts & Culture, Community Strategies, Calgary Parking, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Urban Alliance, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Downtown Association, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Alpha House and Tourism Calgary.
Stuff a Bus: For the past 31 years Calgary Transit has partnered with Calgary Co-op and Stingray Radio (XL 103.1 and 90.3 AMP) in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Calgarians are invited to stop by any Co-op on Saturday, November 18th to donate non-perishable food items and/or money to the Calgary Food Bank. Calgary Transit parks a bus outside every Co-op in the city, which are filled with donations. Transit Operators volunteer to drive the buses and other staff volunteer as greeters.