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  1. The roundabout at Davie would be tight for a full-size bus, and Bidwell and Burnaby aren't exactly bus-friendly streets. If the Davie-Yaletown were a standalone trolley route, it should probably continue east to Stadium Station, and in the west it could continue up Denman to Stanley Park. Although useful, this wouldn't be terribly efficient, and it'd be hard to balance service with two full-size routes on Davie. My preferred solution is to extend both the Davie and the Robson to be a two-way loop via Denman, Robson, Cambie, Pacific, Davie, replacing the C23 and doing a much better job of connecting Downtown South/Yaletown to points beyond. (This also makes a stronger case for keeping Robson Square open to transit, but if it's closed the route would be Denman-Robson-Burrard-Pender-Cambie-Pacific-Davie, which wouldn't be as direct). BTW: the C21 and C23 WILL likely be split at some point next year. The C21 may also extend to Second Beach...
  2. There was a temporary bus stop marked with wrapped cardboard around a tree near the totem poles in Stanley Park, a Poco D40LF parked at the totem poles, and a blue/white/yellow pole wrap (that usually marks an overhead problem) with a handwritten arrow pointing left at Pipeline Road. Not sure was what up.
  3. Well, that's because the communications department rarely understands things. The alerts page sums it up: "Robson Square will remain closed to traffic until further notice. (could be made permanent; we don't know what will happen, it's The City of Vancouver's decision)." At the last minute (and without telling anyone), the City of Vancouver decided to extend the summer closure until sometime (they've since decided December). There are people within the City that really, really want the street closed. In the City's Transportation Plan there was supposed to be consultation sometime a few years from now (and there was supposed to be "consideration" for letting transit through, but you know...), but someone decided to act suddenly instead. The good news (for people who understand the basic geometry of transit) is that the CIty may have shot themselves in the foot by doing it this way, since now the Downtown Business Association is POed. So we'll see what happens...
  4. Today, rode a 17 that dewired WB Smithe FS Hamilton. No points for figuring that one out.
  5. If they were dieselizing they'd probably go up Clark instead of Commercial. Anyway, the 4/7 collectively require almost 30 buses in the afternoon rush hour, way more than are readily available.
  6. An overpass will be built on Powell Street over the railway tracks next year, meaning detours to the 4 and 7 (and the 209/210/211/214). The City's website now gives a hint of what that'll mean: http://vancouver.ca/...ss/traffic.htm. Looks like transit will route via Hastings-Commercial-Powell in both directions, which will mean a new left turn switch from Hastings to Commercial and a right from Commercial to Powell for eastbound service. The interesting question is how the new left turn will interact with the Hastings express wire: turn from the local wire and cross the express, or switch to the express and then switch to the left turn (like at Nanaimo)? But, of course, the more important question for service reliability is whether the City will be smart enough to have full-time bus lanes on Hastings...
  7. Road destruction on Dunbar and at Broadway and Cambie. And the 4 probably because of lazy booking. http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=cCustomerComplaint
  8. Link. Increase by 1 to change direction; increase by 10 for the next line. BTW a big one I missed: the 210 will run every 20 minutes on Saturday afternoons and early evenings. Easier to get to Lynn Headwaters (yay!) but since the 211 isn't changing it means uneven service and missed connections between Downtown and Phibbs. The 232 runs every 30 minutes in rush hour, with the short-turn trips between Lonsdale and Phibbs deleted.
  9. Summer timetables are accessible in the usual way. Highlights seen so far: All-day closures of Granville Street on Saturdays and Sundays again this year. The 5 detours via Burrard and Pender yet again, as the City is also closing Robson Street between Howe and Hornby for July and August. The 14 runs every 10 minutes (instead of 12) on Saturdays and every 12 (instead of 15) on Sundays. The 16 runs every 10 minutes (instead of 12) on weekdays and Saturdays. The 19 runs every 12 minutes (instead of 10) during rush hours, and every 12 (instead of every 15) into the evening, with shuttles into Stanley Park for 6-minute service all day. The 26/27/29 run every 20 minutes (instead of 15) on weekdays and Saturdays. The 240 runs every 12 minutes (instead of 15) on Saturday afternoons.
  10. There are no scheduled short-turns at Joyce. There are several scheduled trips returning to VTC that run in service from Metrotown to Joyce, and then along 41st to Oak. Likewise, pullout trips from VTC run NIS along Oak and 41st and go into service at Kingsway and Joyce toward Metrotown. There are lots of unscheduled short-turns at Joyce (or, once in a while, Slocan or Broadway) for southbound coaches. There are also lots of unscheduled short-turns Downtown for northbound coaches, which turn at Richards and skip Stanley Park to get back on time. Kingsway is not the most reliable street in the world... All regular 19 blocks are scheduled as trolleys on weekdays. All but two Satuday and Sunday blocks are scheduled as trolleys--the exceptions are the two morning trips that loop via Howe, Dunsmuir and Burrard. The turn from Howe to Dunsmuir can't be made safely, and scheduling hasn't figured out to route these trips via Granville, Robson and Burrard instead (and that section of Robson will be closed this summer. Maybe this fall). The shuttle blocks on the 19 that run from Stanley Park to Downtown only in the summer have been scheduled with diesels for the past few years, though there's no good reason for them not to be trolleys. Given that sunny days always overload everything going to Stanley Park, it would make way more sense for these runs to use artic trolleys. And, actually, it would make even more sense to run the 17 into Stanley Park instead of running shuttles, which would also give Oak Street more reliable and useful service, but you know...
  11. The 19 hasn't been dieselized every weekend, or even every Sunday lately. When it has, it's either been for special events (e.g. the marathon last Sunday) or major road construction on Kingsway (which is supposed to go to the end of the month). Metrotown is a strong anchor, and there's no reason to extend the line. Rumours about STC or BTC are probably actually about converting the N19 to artics.
  12. The report is a little bit imprecise about the spare trolleys. The 40-footers have a low spare ratio (~18%), but the artics have a very high one (~45%). This is not because of technology or maintenance, but because of service cuts on the 8 line: it was first converted to artics without changing the schedule (i.e. still running every 4 minutes in the morning peak) and the fleet was ordered for that size. There are lots of things that could be done to increase trolley utilization. A relatively cheap expansion through Yaletown (Davie-Cambie-Robson) could restructure the 5/6/C23 into a very high-frequency downtown service. If a 41st Ave B-Line ever happens, a dozen or so vehicles would be enough to run the 41st Ave local from Crown to Joyce. Plus there's the fact that just about every corridor in Vancouver could use more service... Which brings up the actually interesting part of the review: how much better performing urban routes are than suburban. Average cost per passenger is 50% higher at the Surrey Depot than Vancouver, and the Richmond Depot costs 2 and a half times more per passenger (long-distance highway routes are very, very expensive to run). It's funny to look at how the different municipalities perceive Translink, and also what expectations they all have...
  13. Ambiguity resolved: http://www.translink.ca/en/Be-Part-of-the-Plan/Frequent-Transit-Network.aspx So, TL's definition is 15 minutes are better from 6AM-9PM weekdays, 7AM-9PM Saturdays and 8AM-9PM Saturdays. I'm not a fan of this definition, but it's a starting point. And they finally made a map!
  14. Those "short-turn" trips are actually pullout trips, and most already exist. Not sure why they're now listed in the public timetable. As for the 14, the Sunday schedule seems the same as before.
  15. http://www.planning.ubc.ca/database/rte/files/DP07017-2_Landscape.pdf The last page has a plan for the new UBC trolley loop, allegedly to be built this spring. This will probably mean 4s and 14s ending at Blanca for a month or two...
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