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Ode of Bund

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  1. I do find some of the changes to be absurd beyond my comprehension, l completely don't understand the rationale of the disintegration of route 10 and creation of this piggy tail route 123 that does not even run 7 days a week. this route 123 should run from Coliseum to Eaux Claires via 82 Street and 153 Avenue. Then the over congregation of routes on 137 avenue, leaving only one part time service on 135 Avenue which is most likely going to be served by the smaller Vicinity bus since it is the inheritance of the 303. I even checked the schedules of the new 52 and 54, for westbound trips leaving Northgate, one leaves at 12 and 42 minutes after the hour, and other one at 13 and 43 minutes after the hour. Can they at least run them 15 minutes apart, not 1 minute apart and 29 minutes without service? The imbalances between over concentration and no service at all are happening everywhere, the Saddleback Road between 23 Avenue and 111 Street will lose all service, and yet 23 Avenue has so many routes bunched together. One FB question asked the rationale of terminating the 7 at CN tower, ETS responded by saying transit planer determined that the downtown core would be very congested if all buses use the same roads. But if it is really for that cause, the new 7 should really be interlined with the new 1 and run as a crosstown frequent service from WEM to Capilano, the downtown portion runs on 104 Avenue, 95 Street, Rowland Road, Dawson Bridge. Keep them as two routes so one does the 1A looping pattern and one does the 1B looping pattern, give them 20 minutes interval individually so that the combined frequency is 10 minutes. Lastly community routes that travel long distances but very little displacement, among the multiple routes that run between CP and Leger, at least one can be extended to WEM or Lewis Farm via Anthony Handay.
  2. This is part of the interactive map, how come there is no service on Stony Plain Road from 116 Street all the way to Jasper Place, and no service on 156 Street from Jasper Place to Meadowlark, and no service on 149 Street between 95 Avenue and 87 Avenue??
  3. How come I cannot upload pictures again??
  4. How come I cannot upload pictures again?
  5. The maritime transportation system of Shanghai comprise both the river transportation system as well as the ocean liner cargo transportation. Shanghai is now the world's largest maritime shipping port in terms of the number of containers throughput each year, surpassing that of Rotterdam.
  6. I have just learned that the transit agency in Plovdiv still didn't come and claim their prize. Here is the inquiry and response that I made earlier today. Re: Trolleybuses for Plovdiv, Bulgaria « Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 21:12:38 » Quote -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quote from: catacarbv5 on Yesterday at 20:59:23 Hi, I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In June 2008, our stupid city council voted to scrap the trolley-bus network by 2010, and then through a haste decision in 2009, our trolley-bus system was shut down abruptly in May. I have learned that as many as 28 trolleys in excellent working condition were purchased by Plovidiv. I am wondering if these classic American style GMC Fishbowl bodied, Brown Broveri electrical system equipped trolleys have been operating in Plovdiv now? Please post some pictures of them. Very much appreciated. Hi, I'm Troley lover from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I'll say you that these trolleys are still a port of Burgas(Bulgaria) and we do not know when it will arrive. If they do not come to 30th January the state will confiscate them.
  7. I didn't give any hope that I could still ride the Translohr tram during my stay in Shanghai, I would be contended to take photos of empty cars conducting road tests. The location where I took the photo, in Zhangjiang High Tech Park, longitudinal streets are named after foreingn scientists, in this case Daerwen (Charles Darwin) Road; and latitudinal streets are named after ancient Chinese scientists, in this case Huatuo, a herblist/accupuncturist/surgeon/anathesiologist. But on the morming of December 30th, 2009, while listening to radio news on AM channel 990, I suddenly heard the breaking news that Translohr tram was to start revenue service on the following morning. Since AM 990 was the municipal government radio station, this was the official announcement of the exact date of service operation of the long anticipated tram line, and I was absolutely thrilled by the news. It was not until last Friday, January 8th, the day before my daparture from Shanghai back to Edmonton, when I finally had a chance to ride the cutting edge tram. The ridership was OK given the service was only inaugurated one week ago. The speed limit was 40km/hr, but it was a very smooth ride, smoother than the shoddy Sunwin trolley-bus. To open the door, one would have to press the green door button to activate the door, and each tram was crewed by one conductor whose responsibitlity was to supervisor the fare payment, and a driver. I gradually realized that in a place as vastly open as Shanghai, Zhangjiang High Tech was the place best suited for the Translohr. Here it was not far from downtown Shanghai and linked by an existing subway line, traffic was relatively light to cause conflict with the tram way, and with the establishment of industrial park, provided a steady flow of ridership. After the ride, I gave a sincere well wish to this rubber tire tram system for her eventual success and very bright future.
  8. Line 11, being a suburban line, will employ the fastest metro trains in Shanghai in order to reduce the travel time from Jiading to downtown Shanghai, the top speed can reach 100 km/hr. Jiading (嘉定) town is a satellite town in the northwestern part of the municipality of Shanghai. it is the administrative town of Jiading District. The first phase of line 11 is 33 km in total length with a starting point at Jiangsu Road (江苏路) which connects with Line 2, the end point is Jiading (town) North. The first phase also include a branch line to Anting (安亭) town (which is also in Jiading District) where Shanghai's automotive industry is situated (The Volkswagon group is located here). However this branch line will not open on December 31st. The future plan for line 11 is to extend beyond Jiading District into neighboring Jiangsu Province (江苏省)。 Line 9 second phase, starts from Yishan Road (宜山路), going east mainly under Zhaojiabang Road (肇嘉帮路), cross River Huangpu, and eventually terminate at Century Avenue (世纪大道) to join Lines 2, 4, and 6. Thus Century Avenue Station becomes the biggest metro exchange hub in Shanghai. The 2nd phase extension is about 12 km in total length, therefore bring the total milage of line 9 to 43km, surpassing the current longest metro line in Shanghai, the line 3, which stands at 40.1km. Like Line 7 which inaugurated in December 5th, during the test operation period, both Line 11 and Line 9 second phase will only operate between 9am and 4pm.
  9. I was listening news from the official Shanghai government radio station this morning (December 28th). It is now official that second phase extension of Line 9 and first phase of line 11 will commence service simultaneously on New Years eve, December 31st
  10. Winter Solstice Day chaos in Shanghai Yesterday, Shanghai Metro Line 1 was hit by two separate incidents which caused massive chaos. First at 5:50am, a power failure incident took place between South Shaan'xi Road Station and People's Square stations, trains have to be short turned between Xinzhuang (莘庄) station and Xujiahui (徐家汇) station at south, and between Shanghai Rail-way Station and Fujin Road (富锦路) station at north. Bashi Group deployed more than 80 buses to shuttle passengers between Rail-way Station and Xujiahui. Then by 7:00, train 150 when approaching Shanghai Rail-way Station, ran a stop signal when switching from southbound track to northbound track, causing a lateral collision with train 117. Although both trains were running at low speed and no injury was sustained, from a photo on the headline of Shanghai Evening Post, the driver's cabin area of train 150 sustained heavy damage. Metro Line 1 is the most heavily utilized subway system in Shanghai, the accidents caused massive chaos with millions of commuters late for work, buses and taxi cabs were cramped with metro passengers scrambling for other alternatives.
  11. I will bring some photos of Shanghai Metro Line 7 back from my next trip. Line 7 commence service this on Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Took only 4 years to build this 34km subway which is entirely underground, and Edmonton takes 4 years to build 7 km of LRT above ground, talking about efficiency.
  12. Some pictures of 25 entering very narrow back alley street of South Chongming Road (南崇明路) A Sign that says "Route 25 trolley-bus, kai-zi to turn left", kai-zi(开字) means apply power to activate switch. Trolleys entering the South Chongming Road Terminus
  13. Let's take a look of some photos of trolleys around construction site, here I am standing at the intersection of North Henan Road and Tiantong Road (河南北路天潼路口). The intersection is undergoing a subway station construction for Shanghai Metro Line 10. Looking toward east on Tiantong Road, an approaching Sunwin trolley on route 25 is about to turn right onto North Henan Road (westbound turning northbound). Notice the chaos at the intersection, North Henan Road has the green light, but the motor tricycle and the guy on bicycle traveling east on Tiantong Road went straight into the intersection with no regard to red light what-so-ever. Trolley on routing 19 turning from North Henan Road to Tiantong (northbound turning eastbound). Looking toward south on North Henan Road, northbound trolleys have to snake through an S shape temporary path to get around the corner that is cordoned off for construction. Still facing south, looking at the northbound wires, route 19 coasts through the switch to make the right turn, while routes 14 and 15 have to activate the switch to go straight north. Both pictures are looking toward east, an eastbound H0A trolley on route 25, notice the cluttery trolley wires. An H0A trolley on route 19 turning south. North Henan Road, looking toward north at the intersection. Tiantong Road, looking toward west. Still Tiantong Road, looking toward east. Trolleys climbing the bridge. Henan Road bridge (河南路桥)is situated about 150 south of the Henan/Tiantong Intersection.
  14. That is a piece of industrial area, there is no church there, besides church doesn't need 5 hours of bus service. Where is Captain?
  15. I just saw a 70 turning from 39th Ave easbound to 97th Street northbound, there was even a northbound stop the intersection. Checked the schedule and map, the 97street routing is not on the map. More interestingly, going to Mill Woods and going to Whyte Ave are looping in the same direction, that is east on 39th, north on 97th, both stopping at bus stop # 3982. The stopping time is from 9:41 to 14:41 going toward Whyte Ave, and from 10:11 to 15:11 going toward Millwoods. Can anybody explain this routing, and through which avenue does it come back to 99th Street? Is it 45th Avenue?
  16. SHANGHAI — A Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff from Shanghai's main airport Saturday, killing three American crew members and injuring four others on board. The accident closed two runways at the Pudong airport in China's largest city for several hours. More than 30 international flights were delayed, leaving about 4,000 travelers stranded on planes or in airport lounges, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The MD-11 cargo plane, operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, was heading to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Xinhua said. Avient's chief operating officer, Simon Clarke, refused to say what cargo it was carrying. The aircraft's tail struck the ground on takeoff, China Central Television reported, and Xinhua said the plane veered off the runway and burst into flames. Footage showed black smoke billowing from the wreckage. Three Americans on the seven-member crew died and a fourth was injured, U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan told The Associated Press. He did not give their names, saying the embassy had not yet asked their families for permission to release the information. Shanghai television showed what it called a 61-year-old American co-pilot in a hospital bed, conscious and saying, "Thank you" to staff and officials. The TV report said the other crew members were from Indonesia, Belgium and Zimbabwe. Clarke said the crash was Avient's first. "We're trying to ascertain the facts and the circumstances," he said. "It would be premature to release any information before that." The company's site says it is "fully trained to move most categories of dangerous goods," but it adds, "as a company policy we do not carry any arms and/or ammunition." In March, another MD-11 cargo plane crashed and exploded while landing at Japan's largest international airport, killing its two American pilots. Xinhua said another MD-11 with Korean Air crashed shortly after takeoff 10 years ago at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport. The Pudong airport, located by the East China Sea, opened a cargo facility in March 2008 that officials said was aimed at making Shanghai the cargo hub of Asia by 2010. http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/11/27/3...-crash-in-china
  17. Yes, Wuhan used to have a trolley-bus route 5, it was dieselized for almost two decades, and back then it was not a circular route. The dieselized route 5 may have eventually evolved to a circular route, and the construction may very well be the eletrification of this circular route. Many cities in China that operate trolley-buses start from route 1, and then later on incremented their route numbers by 100, so that route 1 becomes route 101, this is following the Beijing Practice. Shanghai is the only place where trolley route numbers are smaller than bus route numbers, and Qingdao is the only city where trolley route numbers are not distinguished from bus route numbers (2, 5, 30). In the city of Wuhan however, trolley routes did not have their route numbers incremented, so the locals still make the distinction by calling them route 1 trolley vs. route 1 bus.
  18. Hmm, the YVR-PVG flight is now B777, I wonder if I can catch this plane on December 6th?
  19. The city of Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province. Situated in central China, it is also a strategically important transportation interchange in China. The name Wuhan is actually a combined name for the tri-city metropolitan areas that lie on both sides of Yangtze River. Wuhan is trisected by Yangtze River and Han River. The flow of Yangtze through Wuhan is from south to north, so on the east shore (south shore) lies the city of Wuchang. Han River is the longest tributary of Yangtze with a length of 1532km, it rises in the Qinling Mountain at the southwestern part of Shaanxi Province and then enters Hubei. It crosses most of Hubei from the northwest to the southeast, flowing into the Yangtze at Wuhan on the west shore, thus subdiving west shore into two parts, on the north lies the city Hankou, and on the south the city of Hanyang. The term Wuhan is therefore an abbreviation of the first characher of Wuchang, and the first character of Han'kou-Han'yang. Trolley-bus service started in 1957 after the completion of the very first cross Yangtze River Bridge in China, and till this day it is still the only Yangtze River bridge to see trolley-bus operation. Today while elsewhere in China, cities are almost in a fierce competition to destroy trolley network and have them replaced by so called "environmentally buses", Wuhan is taking an opposite approach to build a new trolley line. The new route, route 5 is circular trolley line which starts from Wuhan Zoo in Hangyang, crosses Han River twice, and circulates both Hanyang and Hankou in a rectangular shaped route course. The attached picture is a map of the new route. I have also included some pictures on the progress of trolley construction during the past three months: Ground breaking ceremony on August 28th New wiring works. Braket arms eracted on one of the two Han River bridges that route 5 going to cross A double decker under the new trolley wiring on Han River bridge Photos of existing Wuhan trolley-buses. Route 3 on Jiefang Dadao (Liberation Blvd.) in Hankou, Liberation Blvd is also the future passage of route 5. A new switch on Liberation Blvd, the diversion point between route 3 and route 5. All photos are courtesy of Chinese bus forum bbs.52bus.com
  20. Sorry Gent should be spelled as "Gent" not "Ghent". According to Trolley Motion website, the last trolley operation in Gent took place on June 14th 2009. The Van Hool AG280T trolleys are 22 years old. Actually that article used a wrong picture, it used BBC 195.
  21. In addition to our BBC, Plovidv also took poccession of 15 second hand Van Hool AG280T from Ghent, Belgium.
  22. YEG is the most pathetic airport among all the airports that I have travelled. All other airports that I've been to have at least one public transit bus route serving it, some have rail mass transit. Even Saskatoon airport is served by a bus route.
  23. An 10m S0D coach (baby Sunwin) on route 70, southbound on Jiangpu Road(江浦路). Both routes 716 and 843 have there termini on Fuxin Road(阜新路) near Shanghai Tongji University(同济大学), the termini are only 20m apart from each other. Both routes are cross harbor routes that cross River Huangpu on Yangpu Bridge (杨浦大桥) to Pudong, and therefore are competitive with each other. Route 716 is operated by Division I Shanghai Bashi Group (上海巴士一汽), and route 843 is operated by Volkswagon Group. A dilapidated Taihu coach on route 80. The condition of the bus very much reflect the importance of the route itself. Light duty routes usually get crappy bus. HOA trolley at the terminus of route 14, North Dr. Sun Yat-san Road Section 2 (中山北二路) Here I was sitting at the front seat of a HOA trolley on route 14, traveling on the narrow two lane Xin'gang Road(新港路), toward city center. The red bus in front of us was a super market/whole sale ware-house shuttle. In this case the second photo was showing the shuttle entering the CP Lotus store. Also notice the bicycle/scooter traffic.
  24. Here I emerge from the underground station of Metro Line 8, the location is the intersection of Kongjiang Road and Jiangpu Road (控江路江浦路). A car defying all traffic rule, making the U-turn at the busy intersection. The chaotic nature of traffic on Chinese city street is largely because of extremely poor consciousness to traffic law A Sunwin SWB6116HG coach on route 843 is making the turn (northbound on Jiangpu Road, turning westbound on Kongjiang Road) And a dilapidated Taihu coach on route 863. (Taihu coach 太湖 is made in Wuxi, a city 128km west of Shanghai) A traffic coordinator in reflective vest. Traffic coordinators are not police officers, they are usually reemployed factory workers who got laid off from state owned enterprises. The working condition of traffic coordinator is poor, having to endure the heat in summer and cold in winter, as well as emmission from tail pipes and traffic noise, and most of all, they hardly get any respect from other people. A Daewoo coach on route 6 (westbound on Kongjiang Road), although this should be a trolley route. Now a trolley coach in opposite direction. An HOA trolley on route 14 is turning (eastbound on Kongjiang Road turning northbound on Jiangpu Road) A westbound Sunwin trolley on route 6 on Kongjiang Road, before and during crossing of Kongjiang Road/Jiangpu Road intersection.
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