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Michael Marriott

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  1. In the aftermath of a Vancouver snow storm E40LFR 2221 heads south on route 3 at Main St and 16 Ave. This route normally runs with 60 foot articulated trolleybuses, but was booked out with 40 foot buses as part of Translink's Winter Storm Preparations.
  2. A couple of notes about the 4/7 stop consolidation: 1. Some stops that were supposed to close on Dundas St (EB/WB at Templeton, WB at Wall and the replacement consolidated stop WB at Lakewood) are remaining open due to customer feedback. Given this is a fairly dense area, despite being close together these stops were all very well used, and there is a bit of a slope on that stretch of Dundas. 2. All closures/relocations on the south end of Dunbar between King Edward and 41st have been postponed; the interactive map says these stops will be reviewed in the spring in consultation with the city of Vancouver and the community. 3. Despite those setbacks, the stop consolidation along West 4th Ave went ahead as planed. As a result, 4th Ave now has stops consistently every 2 blocks from Alma to Granville, as opposed to the essentially random 1, 2 or 3 block spacing that existed before. Overall the project should still bring improved travel times, since 4th Ave was the slowest, most congested section of the route (outside of Downtown)
  3. Lots of 9's and 99's stuck on the hill up from Boundary Loop this AM.
  4. Ex-Victoria decker being used as a movie bus on Cordova St:
  5. These reductions by themselves don't look that bad, but when combined with other service reductions that have occurred over the last two years it means some routes during some periods have half as much service as they did pre-Covid. The other issue is what routes and services aren't being cut. All the cuts seem to be focused on all day frequent routes, which are the routes that are actually carrying riders. Meanwhile, there are no cuts on the peak hour peak directional routes despite them being very poor performers. The 241 and 247 were specifically singled out in the 2020 system performance review as having very low ridership recovery, the 352 and 354 were only carrying 200 riders a day, the 602 was at 100 a day and the 603 and 604 had no data reported because they were getting less 100 riders a day. Yet these routes have been left untouched, while riders on routes like the 3 or the R1 are expected to cram themselves a little tighter into the artics. Despite Downtown demand continuing to be lower, the 214's Downtown trips aren't on the cutting block, even though the 210/211 are available as alternate routes with spare capacity. And even though every other Rapidbus route gets a frequency cut in some time period, the R3 (which is the one with the lowest ridership) manages to escape unscathed; not even getting a reduction in peak frequency from 10 to 12 or 15 minutes. There also have been no restructures to streamline service, or remove duplicative service. The 50 is still doing its giant, pointless loop through Gastown and Chinatown, the 214 (and the 253 and 254) still have their peak hour extensions duplicating other routes. I'm not under the illusion that cutting the service I listed above would be enough to prevent the cuts elsewhere in the system, but the fact that these service have been left alone does make it seem like the cuts aren't connected to ridership, and that Translink is prioritizing the theoretical return of 9 to 5 white collar Downtown workers over the riders who are actually using the system now.
  6. E40LFR 2147 heads south on Burrard St as a route 5 Robson, passing some Christmas lights on the trees.
  7. The stop at Dunbar and 22nd NB, and the SB 21st Ave stop will remain open. The stretch of Dunbar between King Edward and 16th has already been "balanced" since it was done as part of the route 25 project.
  8. The 4 and 7 will be the next routes to undergo bus stop balancing. Looking at the project page, this will be a bigger, more complex project than was done for the 2, 17 and 25. On the previous route projects, Translink simply closed stops that were too close together. For the 4 and 7, however, there will be actual stop consolidation where two adjacent stops close, and a new stop is opened in between them to get consistent stop spacing, particularly along West 4th Ave. In addition, in summer 2022 (once which stops are staying open following the public consultation) there are plans to build bus bulbs along 4th Ave in Kitsilano to speed buses up. And you can suggest locations for other transit priority measures in the survey. Also of note, is that there are no stop closures or consolidations proposed between the Granville Bride and the Powell St overpass; there is a note that Downtown stops will be reviewed as part of a separate project.
  9. In the aftermath of a Vancouver winter rainstorm, E60LFR 2555 heads south on route 3 at Main St and 15 Ave beneath a rainbow.
  10. The stalled bus also resulted in the 5, 6 and 19 all being horribly off schedule for the PM rush hour and early evening.
  11. The service changes, and the sheet with the drivers signing new shifts all started on September 6. The Sept 21 sheet is an update to the TComm info to reflect any minor changes that have occurred since the new sheet began, such as adding the overload trips to the 44, or the 3's SB stop at Main and Broadway moving across the intersection. If you pay attention to the alerts page, they are often minor changes to service between sheets, mostly bus stop relocations or slight adjustments to departure times to improve connections. The data available for third party websites will then be updated mid sheet to ensure accurate info.
  12. CMBC D40LF 7438 heads north on route 3 on Main St at Broadway in the early hours of September 19, 2021. This bus was running instead of the E60LFR trolleybuses due to construction at the south end of the route in the intersection of Main St and Marine Dr.
  13. The PM rush hour was a bit of a disaster in Vancouver today. There was a protest march on Broadway, so the 9 and 99 were on detour between Cambie and Oak and were horribly off schedule and coming in packs. There was a lot of traffic congestion around Marine Dr and the Arthur Liang Bridge, so the 10 and 17 were terminating at Marpole Loop, while the 100 was terminating at Marine Dr Stn, and there were alerts that all three routes were experiencing delays of 40 to 60 minutes. And there was an MVA somewhere in East Van that resulted in alerts for 40 to 60 minute delays on the 20,41,49 and R4.
  14. CMBC XN40 16048 lays over at the SFU exchange as a route 143 on September 7, 2021. This was the first day of operation for route 143 in over a year. When Simon Fraser University went to online learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, route 143 was cancelled, since its ridership vanished and there were alternative routes available. With SFU resuming in person classes for September 2021, this route, along with route 44, has resumed operation. Though for the time being it is running with 40 foot buses instead of artics.
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