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  1. Is it a "push" (that is, deliberate decision not to repair or to allow accelerated decay) in hopes of creating a customer backlash and forcing politicians to fund replacement vehicles? Or is it an inability to fix because of the lack of parts and whatnot? Or maybe a bit of both?
  2. Within the last 30 minutes or so, I saw a Calgary Transit employee using a circular saw to cut something up in the groove immediately next to the rail at the crossover by Olympic Plaza. I’ve never seen that before. What might he have been assigned to do?
  3. If you are commuting at this hour, buses are detouring to avoid the 10th Street bridge due to a demonstration. I just saw a SB Route 5 go west on Kensington Road from 10th Street, and a WB Route 1 bus took the 14th Street bridge earlier. EDIT: I see the detour was announced on Twitter earlier. That said, I’ve since seen some buses not using the detour.
  4. 2207-2205-2219-2206 spotted going WB on 7th Avenue @ 1st Street SW just now, Red Line.
  5. Global News on a roll these days (pun totally intended!!) with this progress update on the SW BRT: https://globalnews.ca/news/5983492/southwest-calgary-bus-rapid-transit-brt/ And a previous report on how the 17th Avenue BRT has been fantastic for business and development: https://globalnews.ca/news/5949618/calgary-max-purple-development-international-avenue/ Now just waiting for their story on MAX Teal!
  6. This was just on TV … https://globalnews.ca/news/5976814/calgary-transit-full-buses-max-orange/ Some transit customers say there aren't enough buses on MAX Orange. They are reporting what sounds like chronic passups. The transit spokesperson quoted here is careful with his response.
  7. Didn't want to go too far off topic elsewhere, so I am migrating my reply here. The original message was posted here: I wonder if there's an aspect of public relations here. What with the extra scrutiny over city spending/budget cuts/tax hikes, perhaps there's a sense that it looks bad when big buses are not particularly full? There are a few blowhards on Twitter who give Calgary Transit a hard time for empty buses whenever they see them. They don't understand (or don't care) how it can be that a 60-foot bus looks empty at a particular place or due to a particular circumstance. All they believe is that it's a waste of taxpayers' money and they just go on and on about it. Could age of buses also be a factor? The oldest articulated buses in the fleet are about 12 years old … would they be due for a mid-lifecycle refurbishment by now?
  8. Thanks for the info! I’ve experienced all sorts of situations as a passenger … really busy one night, really quiet the next, without an obvious pattern to explain the wild swings in passenger loads. I suppose with a bus every 12.5 minutes (average) where the 1 and Max Purple share a trunk, it’s not so bad. The west is another matter. So I have mixed feelings about using only standard size buses on Route 1, clearly.
  9. I've been thinking about this for a few days, wondering if there is a business case for running *any* 60-foot buses at night at all. It's not just the 1. Looking at the 3 and the 301 at night, I've also noticed light to medium patronage when I am commuting later in the day. And as @Gsgeek540 noted in another thread just now, Transit might be doing something about this. This was a generally a comment on Transit's bus deployment plan for snow storms — but with a note at the end.
  10. This seems like an entirely reasonable plan! I also noticed some buses are ordered off the 7th Avenue Mall. (I saw detour alerts for Routes 7 and 30 today.)
  11. Well, whatever the reason, it appears artics will be operating on those routes for much of the day, if Transit55 is to be believed. Here's what's currently visible on Transit55: 6052 on Route 23 until end of service 6056 on Route 61 until 7:30 p.m. 6060 on Route 55 until end of service 6062 on Route 43 until 8:30 p.m. 6082 on Route 34 until 7 p.m. 6084 and 6087 on Route 145 until end of service 6088 on Route 23 until 7 p.m. 6092 on Route 43 until 7 p.m. Some routes aren't properly tracking right now (Route 60, for example) so there might be more discoveries to be had for anyone out looking today.
  12. Service modifications for RTL from 11 a.m. until end of service on Friday due to the climate strike and related events in downtown Montreal. http://rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/avis-a-la-clientele/2019/marche-pour-le-climat-modifications-de-service/
  13. - Sorry, deleted - (Should have checked the roster before I believed what I saw on Transit55, lol.)
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