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  1. Cold Lake Transit

    Was up in Cold Lake on Saturday. The 2 buses in service that day were 5009 and 5011. Nice to see the Ex-Calgary Classics in service, though I wasn't able to get any pictures. There wasn't much ridership on a Saturday afternoon however, so not sure how efficient it is to run a 40' bus during all times of the week.
  2. Calgary Transit

    Well, there goes my 7 and 8 minute peak frequencies... To be honest, these service hours since the opening of the West LRT could really be more useful elsewhere, but it sucks to have to wait longer for a bus. Plus the short turn trips to 69th Ave Station were much more reliable since the two hour long route throws off the schedule when there are accidents further down along the route. Also not great to have 40 minute late night vs 30 minute, but it is what it is I guess. Looking at the other routes, the 32, 33, 37 and 43 minute frequencies really will make it hard for people without a phone to remember their bus schedule. I guess these are a result of some interlining and these numbers made the most sense on a planning level to maximize service, but not great for normal riders who use the service.
  3. And they are now back from refurbishing at Big Rig and on their way back to BC in the new livery. Saw them heading Westbound between Morley and Highway 22 this afternoon. Are they going back to Sunshine Coast?
  4. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Looks really poorly drawn for sure. Why don't the people have fingers? And why's the guy's arm over the side destination sign? Or why are their legs so much longer and not in proportion to their body? At least it's only here for 3 months...
  5. Calgary Transit

    Just passed Spring Gardens and saw the Proterra E2 Electric Demonstrator on the South fence behind 8202. How long is it here for?
  6. Just saw 9228 and 9229 on Highway 1 heading East from Canmore. Are they heading to Big Rig in Calgary for rebuilds? They don't have any system markings on the top, but from the Wiki, I think they were last in Sunshine Coast. Can't believe it's been 11 years since I've seen 9228. Still remember photographing it brand new in the Nanaimo yard when it wasn't even in service yet.
  7. Ctrain The near Future Series 9 Cars

    At least 3 of these 4-car S200 consists on the Red Line yesterday afternoon. If this NB one was a minute earlier, would have shot both of them together on the Elbow River bridge since they were both at Erlton.
  8. Nova CNG demonstrators

    Saw 8203 out on 5th Avenue this evening just after 6:00pm on Route 5 to 78th Avenue Terminal. Surprised me since it's the first time it's been out in months (I think June or even March was the last time it was on the road?)
  9. Calgary Transit New Flyer Xcelsior CNG Demos

    8201 on the 93 this morning. Haven't seen a CNG out West in quite some time now.
  10. Calgary Transit

    I'm surprised the 94 went to all shuttle even during peak hours, so it's now completely a shuttle route. Looks like SG keys on the all day shuttles, and VP keys for the peak only ones. Will probably see some Vicinitys once more come into service on it since they are SG shuttle keys. The 93 setup seems to work okay with a bunch of VP shuttles during the day and mainly VP peak buses, and still 7/8 minute frequency in Coach Hill which is nice. Did these changes come from the people in Signal Hill that kept complaining in 2014 when their portion of the route went to big bus? It should definitely be a lot more quieter now with shuttles again. http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2014/05/26/signal-hill-residents-making-ruckus-over-calgary-transit-bus-noise.html
  11. Sunshine Village Ski Resort

    Was out in Banff yesterday and saw Sunshine 31 just as I was heading out of town. Are these stored outdoors, or is there a lot of salt used on the roads around Banff?. There's a fair bit of surface rust on it throughout the body, mainly noticeable just below the windows. From the pictures 2 years ago, it looked so shiny and fresh, so was surprised by how rusty it looked.
  12. Ctrain The near Future Series 9 Cars

    Just saw 2401-2402-2403 in service heading south from the NE portion of the Blue Line along 4th Street SE. Probably due to the switch fault somehow. I saw it signed as a Somerset train heading Southbound at City Hall around 3:30, so not sure how it got up to the NE. Lots of passengers on the train, so definitely was in service.
  13. It's exciting to be looking at the routing for the North Crosstown BRT, something that's been definitely needed to provide better E-W connections along 16th Avenue. I think this route would provide a frequent link between a couple of hospitals (major employment centres), help with the development in University District in west campus, and also spur some development for more high density developments along 16th Avenue. Only issues I see with the route is the lack of separated lanes or traffic priority at major intersections such as Centre Street, Edmonton Trail and 19th Street NE which hurts reliability and travel times. Currently, Eastbound 16th between 10th and Edmonton Trail is horrible for congestion during the PM rush, and this doesn't look like it would have any priority in this stretch of road. A problem with BRT branding and subsequent appeal is the lack of time savings over a conventional bus route, so I am not too sure if this would be successful in shifting over current passengers from the current routes (One of the issues with the 306 for example which had to be massively scaled back due to low ridership). More information from the City of Calgary here: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/North-Crosstown-Bus-Rapid-Transit-(BRT).aspx
  14. Calgary Transit

    Does the 93 still retain 7/8 minute frequencies in Coach Hill during the AM/PM peak even after going to shuttle midday? Absolutely love how frequent it is currently for a suburban route. It's been interesting seeing this go from an Artic route as the 101 to a conventional/shuttle route.
  15. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Haven't been back at YVR since they closed the fare gates, but what are the options now for not paying the $5 surcharge at YVR stations that was possible with Faresavers? Does the 7-11 sell Daypasses that can be activated without paying the $5 surcharge, or is that applied the first time I tap it in at the station.