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    General Route Discussion and History

    The only official detour was due to roadwork in Bowness. The Crowchild ramp closure should not have had a direct impact on Kensington Road. (The closest official detour was via Memorial.) Can’t think of anything else … unless there were unannounced road blockages due to Neighbour Day events?
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    Calgary Transit

    Also … why isn't Route 508 actively advertised? I mean, yes, it'll show up in apps for riders who are doing any kind of live route planning that morning. But if you're an advance planner like me, not being told ahead of time is kind of annoying.
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    Calgary Transit

    Ah, I see Transit has posted a map of this. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1pM8w43NSMnw94NrTLG_bAx7lw0bpTAqF&ll=51.043258127469336%2C-114.04048990000001&z=13
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    General Route Discussion and History

    Speaking of Route 1 ... yikes!
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    General Route Discussion and History

    Great suggestions, too! By the way, when I wrote "Keep MAX Purple as it is", I was talking strictly about routing, not frequency. Clearly, its frequency would need to be bumped up slightly without the Route 1 branch. (Or is Route 1 currently the trunk?)
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    General Route Discussion and History

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this, too. My pie-in-the-sky idea to fix this situation: Run Route 1 Bowness to City Centre only. Under the current weekday midday schedule, I’d guess Transit would only need six buses for a 15 minute headway, freeing up five vehicles for use elsewhere. Keep MAX Purple as it is. Keep Route 411 (soon to be slightly-modified Route 101) as an Inglewood local but protect with two buses (instead of just one) to allow a 20ish minute headway. Extend Route 67 south of Penbrooke Terminal to replace the easternmost segment of Route 1. Three buses for 20ish minute headway, two buses for 30ish minute headway. (Alternatively) Introduce new bus service from Max Bell or Franklin to Penbrooke Terminal via the curb lanes on 17 Ave S.E., as @armorand suggested. Such a route would be approximately the same length as Route 87 (just eyeballing here) so I estimate Transit would need two buses for a 30 minute headway, three buses for 20 minute headway.
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    Calgary Transit

    Calgary Transit's additional Stampede services are also visible, now that the summer schedules are up. Here's what I was able to pull out from the information provided, looking at certain routes based on how things were in the past. (Lemme know if I've missed anything!) Parade day Extra departures on some routes, terminating in City Centre: Route 1: From Bowness at 7:31 and 7:43 a.m. (They used to do the same westbound from Penbrooke … but with MAX Purple operating this year, this would be very redundant!) Route 2: From 17 Ave. S.W. (Glendale) at 8:10 a.m. From 78 Ave. Terminal at 7:58 a.m. Route 6: From Westbrook at 7:43 a.m. Route 7: From 54 Ave./Crowchild at 8:06 a.m. Replacement bus service in Inglewood and Ramsay from start of service until end of parade: Route 508 (Stampede Express East): Service every 22 minutes between Stampede/Erlton station and 17 Ave. & Radisson Dr. S.E. via Spiller Road, 8 St. and 9 Ave. S.E. New this year: going eastbound, the route uses the transitway (!) to cross the Bow River and stops at 26th Street station before merging into traffic. That appears not to be true. The text version shows the 26th Street S.E. MAX station as a stop, so I presumed it would use the transitway. The map, however, shows the bus crossing on the Cushing Bridge like it used to. And as it turns out, Stop 5060 is a curbside stop adjacent to the MAX station. Mea culpa. [Aside] Thinking about how Route 1 used to detour during the parade (via Deerfoot, Memorial and the 4th/5th Ave. flyovers) I assume Route 1 and MAX Purple buses will be able to enter/exit the transitway but continue from/to 17 Ave. S.E. and Deerfoot with the usual traffic signals? All through Stampede CTrain Red and Blue lines: 24-hour service begins Thursday night/early Friday morning (July 4-5). Route 504 (Stampede Express North): The usual route from north Calgary direct to Stampede grounds (Erlton bus loop). Service Begins late afternoon on July 4. Additional hour of service at end of day on Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 112, 301 and 302 (from what I could see anyway). Last buses leave city centre at 1:20 a.m.
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    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    8315 seen on Route 17 Wednesday evening.
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    Calgary Transit

    List of summer service changes is out. http://www.calgarytransit.com/news/summer-service-changes A few more changes of note, apart from what we've been talking about: Route 35: Peak frequency downgraded to 30 minutes Route 37: Weekend morning and evening frequency downgraded to 30 minutes Route 87: Two extra weekday trips added to Marlborough station (This has already happened) Route 112: Weekday midday frequency downgraded to 32 minutes Route 120: Peak frequency downgraded to 17 minutes; late night frequency improved to 35 minites Routes 123 and 124: Evening frequency downgraded to 35 minutes (This has already happened) Route 134: Peak frequency downgraded to 17 minutes; evening frequency downgraded to 35 minutes Route 128: New service, 31 minute headway, peak only http://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/content/PDF/128_jun_2019_r.pdf Route 135: Extra trips added. Route 148: Weekday midday frequency downgraded to 30 minutes Route 161: Weekday midday frequency improved to 30 minutes Routes 439 & 454: Weekday midday frequency downgraded to 40 minutes Route 468: Midday service introduced at 30 minute frequency
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    Calgary Transit

    I will point out one very good thing about Route 305: it skips the (sometimes impossible) right turn from Kensington Road to southbound 10th Street.
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    Calgary Transit

    Interesting … I had not thought of this. Two things come to mind, however: 1) Why “punish” customers who wouldn’t be able or want to use Route 53? (Anyone east of Home Road, in short.) 2) If CTrains are overflowing, why encourage people to connect to it? Wouldn’t you want to divert people away from the train?
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    Calgary Transit

    Would it be heresy to suggest eliminating Route 305 and folding some of those service hours into Route 1?
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    General Route Discussion and History

    I see (yet another!) detour for Route 90 coming … ramp from westbound 10 Ave SW to northbound Crowchild closing for two weeks. https://newsroom.calgary.ca/upcoming-major-traffic-impact-as-part-of-the-crowchild-trail-upgrades-project/
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    Calgary Transit

    And if anyone at Transit ever asks you, you can tell them you told them so and that you predicted this very problem! I have also seen this. If the school for young moms near Kensington/Crowchild is not in session during the summer, that will help with the stroller issue. But I've had a few instances where the front of the bus was jammed with strollers and walkers and anyone wanting to get on could only board by the back doors. (These were artics, thankfully.) Unless they find someway to service this with articulated buses, there will be some parts of the weekend when this is not going to go very well. Ah, some good news to celebrate! P.S.: I going to take a guess and say these summer service revisions don't take into account whatever budget silliness will be coming out of city hall in July …
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    Calgary Transit

    Didn't have too much time this evening … but I've yet to come across any significant service reductions beyond Routes 1, 3 and 7. There are slight improvements in MAX Orange headways during peak times, as mentioned earlier by @Transit Fan. I'll add that weekday/evening off-peak has also improved slightly to 25 minutes (currently 26). 1 • Bowness - Forest Lawn Weekday — peak 13 or better (no change); midday 19 (currently 15); evening 25 (currently 20); late night 25-35 (currently 18-35) Weekend — all day 25 (currently 25/19/25-35) 3 • Sandstone - Heritage Weekday — peak 10 or better (no change); midday 12 (currently 10); evening 12 (currently 10); late night 20 (no change) Weekend — morning/midday/evening 12 (currently 10); late night 20 (no change) 7 • South Calgary Weekday — peak 10-15 (no change); midday 18 (currently 15); evening/late night 30 (currently 30) Saturday — morning 30, midday 20, evening/late night 30 (no change) Sunday — morning 30, midday 25, evening/late night 30 (no change) Honestly, why didn't Transit just run the midday buses at a 20 minute headway? I mean, I know a frequency of 18 or 19 minutes probably looks better in terms kilometres travelled but for passengers, it makes transferring a pain when different services run at incompatible frequencies. (This wouldn't be a problem if those services ran often enough that it didn't matter.) A few more questions: Do the people who cut services even use the buses? Do they know how crowded Routes 1, 3 and 7 can get during the day on a weekend? And regarding Route 1 specifically: Although the weekend headways are to be 25 minutes all day long, I hope they use more than five buses to protect the schedule. That's what is currently done at night on weekends … and the slightest anomaly will throw schedule adherence into disarray.
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