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Nick B

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  1. https://www.calgarytransit.com/rider-information/cycling/ctrain-bike-pilot.html?redirect=/ctrainbikepilot Good or bad idea? Discuss.
  2. Yeah I may have accidentally built a small collection over the last couple months
  3. I wonder if any of the Winnipeg-spec D40LFs at Anderson are or will be getting these as well?
  4. It's awesome that Mahogany will finally get a direct bus to an LRT station but I sure hope they give that community a faster route to Somerset when it gets fully built out and until the Green Line opens rather than having it snake through Cranston and Auburn Bay like that. As we've learned from routes like the old 72/73 and Northwest Loops (and can still see today on current multi-community feeders like the 93, 123 and 11/12), having one long route serving 3-4+ areas is horribly inefficient and offers little to no benefit for the majority of riders. Especially if ridership levels between areas/destinations along the route is highly imbalanced which is often the case.
  5. As far as I know, #1130 ran out of SG for its entire service life.
  6. Yup, this one featuring another member of this board alongside me
  7. Looks like #97 has made it down to Calgary.
  8. Ken's D40LF #7632 (which also happened to be our 7600 farewell charter bus back in March 2020) was brought out for a spin this morning. Here's a video of me driving it:
  9. The 301 situation is nothing short of a travesty and an embarrassment. Complaints come in almost daily now on Twitter of consistent severe overloads on the 301 and north expresses throughout the day while what is supposed to be the bus equivalent of an LRT line runs every 40 minutes during off peak. I'm surprised they haven't short turned the 301 or put goddamn Arbocs on it during the off peak which I'm sure they'd love to do. Why slash so much service on one of the most important bus corridors in the city while keeping redundant services like the 178 running around almost empty and sending like 3 buses in a row on Route 12 within 2 minutes of each other? Bus shortages compensated for by ordering brand new buses which will need to be commissioned and put on the road, while we already have a whole garage full of 100+ perfectly good buses collecting dust? I realize I don't know the full story here but I'm sure I speak for most if not all members of the fare paying, tax paying, riding public when I say that it's exactly things like this happening blatantly in front of my own eyes that make me question the integrity of the people at the top who run the transit operation and cause me to lose confidence in this mode of transport for my own needs. I'd be lying if I said that wasn't the case. No I don't know management's exact reasoning behind the decisions they made and frankly I couldn't care less; this city needs and deserves better transit and what we have right now is not it.
  10. Full circle, pt. 2 1154 by TheNicholasBlonski, on Flickr 1130 by Nick Blonski, on Flickr
  11. I don't know how I feel about the glaringly TTC-reminiscent coloring scheme to be honest.. I was never a fan of their interior styling over there personally. Nonetheless it's cool how CT is trying to standardize things between fleet types and plastic seating will definitely be nice to have on hot days. I did try them out this evening, thankfully they're still much better for comfort than the Gemini seating found in Edmonton/demo #1996 although they was already some good dust deposits on them from the open windows! Rest of the bus is unchanged.
  12. You're absolutely right about there being pros, cons, and nuance to everything, and I certainly do agree. My point was more or less a generalized approach to the fact that regardless of any such pros and cons, we're still headed in the direction we are and there's no stopping it. So what's the point in complaining? Get what I mean? I also think people's attitudes surrounding technological change are often frustrating to observe. Specifically this elitist "back in my day I had to do this unlike you, so I'm better than you" sort of high horse mentality a lot of people seem to have. I've been on both sides of that spectrum and in my opinion, basing my entire sense of existence and self esteem on the fact that I didn't have something back then that people have today, and then using that as an argument against others is a flawed way to approach a discussion. Keeping things simple and relating this to the transit hobby (although this really applies to every aspect of life), I don't consider myself to be better than anybody else here because I did transit fanning before the advent of trackers such as Transit55 and had to rely on word of mouth and luck to find buses to photograph/film, for example. My age and what technology I had or didn't have access to years ago is nobody else's fault nor does it define me or anybody else who never had to do what I've done. So, it would be quite stupid of me to walk around with affected confidence that I'm basing off of nothing more than that.
  13. I get extremely pissed off and annoyed when I see people complaining about modern technology and this constant negativity surrounding technology in general. As if it's gonna do anything... Like it or not, innovation is the fuel that keeps society going, and technology WILL keep advancing and WILL often replace outdated methods of doing various tasks especially as the newer generations grow up. We have a choice to either sit and cry about it like a little baby, or adapt to it like the highly intelligent beings we humans are and use it to our advantage. Now, I do understand to an extent why the elderly (~65-70+) may feel the way that they do, mostly because their brains function differently than younger brains and they may not be as capable of quick learning at that age as a younger person can. So their inability to adapt to change is not necessarily an active choice that they're making. But then why do I keep seeing younger people in their 20's, 30's and 40's doing the same thing and even getting into all this sociopolitical BS about technology "ruining society" and what not? What's even weirder to me is that for whatever reason, there seems to be a decent number of people like this in the transit enthusiast community in particular. My opinion on the matter is, anyone born after 1975 should NOT be complaining about technology in 2022, they should be USING IT. The problem with society is not technology. It's people like these and their unwillingness to adapt to the goddamn year we live in cause they'd rather live in the past cause the 2010s/2020s haven't been treating them as nicely as they wanted.
  14. That's a very good point about sharing stops downtown, however having a limited stop route duplicating a local route is pretty useless and often defeats the purpose IMHO if the limited stop service doesn't run at an equal or better frequency to the local service. Assuming pre-COVID/Omicron/whatever Route 1 frequency and 30 minute 305 frequency, ridership on the 305 would get lost to the 1 no matter what they do purely due to frequency alone, especially if they're awkwardly timed (i.e. one departs 2 minutes after the other) much like the 20/306 situation between Heritage and MRU off peak years ago. I highly doubt many people ride the 305 to COP also.
  15. U2 consist on the Blue Line heading WB through the core right now. Not sure when it’s going out of service but I didn’t expect to see one out this late.
  16. Full circle. 1059 by TheNicholasBlonski, on Flickr 1130 by Nick Blonski, on Flickr
  17. I actually somewhat doubt it'll make much difference, given the atrocious level of service being provided right now and plus the fact that most people likely weren't even following the restrictions anyway at this point. The only thing I can really see coming back is organized gatherings and events (ex. Sports games) with maybe higher transit usage for that but not much else in terms of the big picture.
  18. Rode #3731 on the full round trip of Route 900 tonight. According to the driver, it was running the 900 (which usually doesn't run artics) as opposed to the 901/902 ICE in order to do a "soft relaunch" of the bus and make sure it's in proper working order although that was just what the driver told me. Bus didn't seem to have any further mechanical issues either from my end as a passenger or from the driver's perspective. Other than that it's a typical LFS Artic not much different than the ones I've ridden out east; much bumpier ride in the tail section than a 40 foot Nova or even a New Flyer artic especially on the highway. A recording from tonight:
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