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  1. On the subject of people in power supposedly getting ideas from this thread, the bus lanes on Broadway have been extended by one hour for both peak periods. The bus lanes are now in effect 7-10am and 3-7pm.
  2. http://infomaps.translink.ca/Public_Timetables/144/tt020.pdf New schedules are up, and the devil is in the details for the 20 layover project. Looking over the schedule, it appears that the 20 won't be taking layovers at Georgia and Richards during all time periods. On the weekday schedule, arrival and departure times are the same at Georgia/Richards during the AM rush hour. The trip arriving at 8:51 leaves at 8:53, 8:56 at 9:00, 9:04 at 9:08, then starting at the 9:10 arrival all buses get 5 minutes of recovery time throughout the day. But, the layover times start shrinking with the 4:56pm arrival, which gets 4 minutes layover leaving at 5:00, then the 5:03 arrival leaves at 5:06. Starting with the 5:13pm arrival, all trips once again have the same arrival and departures. The Saturday and Sunday schedules have similar lengths of time for when the layover is in effect. I think it is acceptable to have buses not taking layover during all time periods, particularly during early morning and late night when ridership and traffic is lighter and reliability is not such a big issue. Even the lack layover in the AM rush hour is acceptable, given that the AM rush is better behaved and has less traffic delay than the PM rush hour. However, I feel that the layover stops way too early in the PM, before PM rush hour is even over. Given that there is still a high volume of traffic in the early evening, I would think the Downtown layover should be in effect until 8 or 9 pm. This is admittedly anecdotal, but my experience as a regular transit user is that some of the worst reliability issues occur between 6 and 7 pm, when traffic volumes are still at near peak levels, but there is less road capacity as on street parking is permitted again and bus lanes are not in effect.
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    Looking at the T55 history for that block, it looks like 31 was a change over for 2017 midday, and was then changed over for 2010 at the end of the PM rush hour.
  4. I don't believe there is any plan to modify the overhead for the project. The layover spot on Richards is on a stretch of wire used only by the 20, so no other service will be delayed by a 20 on recovery.
  5. This already happens to an extent, as a lot of 49's do a WB trip to Granville when heading out of service. As for running 49's to/from the yard as 430's, I suspect that the chronic congestion around the Knight St Bridge cools enthusiasm for that idea.
  6. I believe everyone has it backwards, these signs aren't being used to add the 44 to these stops. Those temporary signs are used when a bus stop sign is swapped out before the service change, most notably in the NE sector when the Evergreen line opened. In this case, the most likely explanation is that with the June service changes the 44 will have several stops removed in Downtown, as was proposed in service change packages in 2015.
  7. If that is happening, I'd imagine the idea is to do an equivalent exchange, so no union loses work. Given that the 239 is supposed to be replaced with a B-Line in a year, which will be almost certainly run by CMBC, this means that West Van will be ultimately losing work, unless next September when the B-Line opens WVT then takes over an assortment of North Van routes like the 236, 246 and 247. Though I'd imagine the 239 is also being sent because its end points limit the chance to interline it.
  8. As of Monday the 110 will now leave from Bay 13 on Central Blvd at Metrotown.
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