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    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    Just quickly went through Transit55 — those three articulated buses (6023, 6043, 6071) were the only weird ones today. The rest of them (the ones that were running, anyhow) appeared to have been in service on routes where you'd expect them. As for the 40-footers … the big buses used on Route 17 and 24 were on keys that end up servicing the late departures on Route 9 (visible on T55 right now). Looks like some logic behind these unusual bus assignments.
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    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    From Twitter … 40-foot buses apparently being used on shuttle routes, too.
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    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    In anticipation of snow and difficult driving conditions? Or perhaps because of existing conditions? There have been awful delays on 3/301 over the last few days, if Twitter and Transit55 are to be believed.
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    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    8191 operating on Route 65 this afternoon. Usually a community shuttle on weekends. P.S.: I see on Transit55 both buses on Route 65 are 40 footers today. (The other one is 8309.)
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    General CTrain Discussion

    Unplanned interruption today …
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    Canadian Rail Accidents

    Three CP workers killed in derailment near Field, B.C. https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/three-cp-rail-workers-killed-in-massive-derailment-near-field-b-c
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    General BRT discussion

    It's too bad the responses were only available as number ranks to specific questions/categories. I really wanted to explain why I gave the lowest possible score for changes affecting non-BRT routes … it would have been nice to specify a line and a reason.
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    Damaged or dead vehicles

    8239 dead at Lions Park station EB bus bay.
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    Calgary Transit

    Oh, it looks like the very late bus short turned sometime after my last post. Alrighty then, question answered, I guess?
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    Calgary Transit

    So one of the buses on Route 1 is operating almost an hour late at the moment, if Transit55 is to be believed. Would it be feasible for a controller to have ordered this bus to short turn at some point earlier today, to minimize the number of people subject to extreme lateness? Or would there conceivably be a rescue floater out there to fill the service gap, which doesn’t look as if it will be made up?
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    General BRT discussion

    Looking now at westbound service … notice how Route 1 and MAX Purple will be running back-to-back in the transitway on weekend mornings. I guess this is what allows the perfectly-spaced departures from city centre, as noted in my previous message. Effective Jan. 28, 2019 Route 1 and MAX Purple consolidated departure board Westbound from stop 9817 36th Street S.E. Station (Compiled manually from schedules listed on Calgary Transit website. Please pardon any transcription errors.) WEEKDAY AM PEAK 1 0442 1 0512 1 0527 307 0534 1 0542 307 0546 1 0558 307 0558 307 0610 1 0614 307 0622 1 0629 307 0635 1 0643 307 0648 1 0655 307 0700 1 0707 307 0712 1 0719 307 0724 1 0731 307 0736 1 0743 307 0748 1 0755 307 0800 1 0807 307 0812 1 0819 307 0824 1 0831 307 0836 1 0843 307 0848 1 0855 WEEKDAY MIDDAY (0900-1459, departure pattern repeats) 307 xx00 1 xx09 307 xx20 1 xx24 1 xx39 307 xx40 1 xx54 WEEKDAY PM PEAK 307 1502 1 1507 1 1519 307 1519 1 1531 307 1536 1 1543 307 1548 1 1555 307 1600 1 1607 307 1612 1 1619 307 1624 1 1631 307 1636 1 1643 307 1648 1 1655 307 1700 1 1707 307 1712 1 1719 307 1724 1 1731 307 1736 1 1743 307 1748 1 1755 WEEKDAY EVENING 307 1800 1 1807 307 1812 1 1819 307 1824 1 1831 307 1834 1 1843 307 1845 1 1857 307 1901 1 1911 307 1918 1 1931 307 1943 1 1951 307 2008 1 2011 1 2031 307 2032 1 2051 307 2057 1 2111 307 2121 1 2131 307 2146 1 2151 1 2211 307 2211 1 2231 307 2236 1 2251 307 2301 1 2311 307 2324 1 2331 307 2354 1 0001 1 0022 (terminates City Centre) WEEKEND 1 0548 307 0548 1 0613 307 0613 1 0638 307 0638 1 0703 307 0703 1 0728 307 0728 1 0753 307 0753 1 0813 307 0818 1 0832 307 0843 1 0851 307 0908 1 0910 1 0929 307 0933 1 0948 307 0958 1 1007 307 1023 1 1026 1 1045 307 1048 1 1104 307 1113 1 1123 307 1138 1 1142 1 1201 307 1203 1 1220 307 1228 1 1239 397 1253 1 1258 1 1317 307 1318 1 1336 307 1343 1 1355 307 1408 1 1414 1 1433 307 1433 1 1452 307 1458 1 1511 307 1523 1 1530 307 1548 1 1549 1 1608 307 1613 1 1627 307 1638 1 1646 307 1703 1 1705 1 1724 307 1728 1 1743 397 1753 1 1802 307 1818 1 1821 1 1840 307 1843 1 1859 307 1908 1 1918 307 1933 1 1937 1 1955 307 1958 1 2016 307 2023 1 2041 307 2048 1 2106 307 2113 1 2131 307 2138 1 2156 307 2203 1 2221 307 2228 1 2246 1 2309 1 2334 1 0004 (terminates Bowness, Saturday) (terminates City Centre, Sunday)
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    General BRT discussion

    Assuming things run on time with the upcoming schedule adjustments for Routes 1 and MAX Purple, as listed below, the distribution of eastbound departures between Route 1 and MAX Purple will be far more even on weekday late-nights and weekend mornings. Effective Jan. 28, 2019 Route 1 and MAX Purple consolidated departure board Eastbound from stop 3392 SB 1st Street @ 7th Avenue S.W. (Brookfield Place) (Compiled manually from schedules listed on Calgary Transit website. Please pardon any transcription errors.) WEEKDAY AM PEAK 1 0506 1 0536 1 0551 307 0552 307 0604 1 0610 307 0616 1 0619 307 0628 1 0630 307 0640 1 0647 307 0652 1 0659 307 0704 1 0711 307 0716 1 0723 307 0728 1 0735 307 0740 1 0747 307 0752 1 0759 307 0804 1 0811 307 0816 1 0823 307 0828 1 0835 307 0840 1 0847 307 0852 1 0859 307 0908 1 0911 1 0922 307 0928 1 0934 1 0946 307 0948 WEEKDAY MIDDAY (1000-1459, departure pattern repeats) 1 xx01 307 xx08 1 xx16 307 xx28 1 xx31 1 xx46 307 xx48 WEEKDAY PM PEAK 1 1501 307 1505 307 1517 1 1520 307 1529 1 1536 307 1541 1 1548 307 1553 1 1600 307 1605 1 1612 307 1617 1 1624 307 1629 1 1636 307 1641 1 1648 307 1653 1 1700 307 1705 1 1712 307 1717 1 1724 307 1729 1 1736 307 1741 1 1748 307 1753 1 1800 307 1805 1 1812 307 1817 1 1824 307 1829 1 1836 1 1846 307 1854 1 1857 WEEKDAY EVENING 1 1907 1 1917 307 1920 1 1934 307 1943 1 1953 307 2008 1 2013 1 2033 307 2033 1 2053 307 2057 1 2112 307 2122 1 2132 307 2147 1 2151 1 2208 307 2212 1 2227 307 2237 1 2247 307 2302 1 2317 307 2327 1 2345 307 2345 307 0020 1 0022 WEEKEND 1 0600 307 0613 1 0625 307 0638 1 0650 307 0703 1 0715 307 0728 1 0740 307 0753 1 0806 307 0818 1 0835 307 0843 1 0859 307 0908 1 0918 307 0933 1 0937 1 0956 307 0958 1 1015 307 1023 1 1034 307 1048 1 1053 1 1112 307 1113 1 1131 307 1138 1 1150 307 1203 1 1209 1 1228 307 1228 1 1247 307 1253 1 1306 307 1318 1 1325 307 1343 1 1344 1 1403 307 1408 1 1422 307 1433 1 1441 307 1458 1 1500 1 1519 307 1523 1 1538 307 1548 1 1557 307 1613 1 1616 1 1635 307 1638 1 1654 307 1703 1 1713 307 1728 1 1732 1 1751 307 1753 1 1810 307 1818 1 1829 307 1843 1 1848 1 1907 307 1908 1 1926 307 1933 1 1945 307 1958 1 2004 1 2021 307 2023 1 2038 307 2048 1 2057 307 2113 1 2118 1 2143 307 2143 1 2208 1 2232 1 2257 1 2322 1 2345 1 0020 (Sat only)
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    General Route Discussion and History

    I’ve just noticed on Transit55 these departures are serviced by shuttle buses!
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    Calgary Transit

    One thing at a time, I suppose … I am very glad they added a bus to attempt to address schedule adherence issues. I will get to try this out for myself tomorrow. Far too often since Nov. 19, I’ve waited ~30 minutes midday and 40+ minutes late at night for a Route 1 bus. Those are unacceptably long headways for a mainline bus service. If I sped walked, I could get most of the way to my destination(s) in that time. (As an aside: I once waited an hour for a Route 1 bus late at night on a weekend last summer but that was a one-off, as opposed to the current situation, where I feel I have to mentally prepare for a very long wait every time I use it.) Waiting a few minutes at a red light is a relatively more tolerable problem than losing an entire service interval — but it shouldn’t be happening. I do hope the signal timing issues will be addressed in short order. The whole point of a transitway is to skip traffic and speed things up.
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    Calgary Transit

    Whatever Transit did seems to have worked: at this moment there are no late buses on 1 and MP, as per Transit55 anyhow. (A quarter of Route 1s are a tad early!) Does anyone know how the rush hours went today?
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