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  1. In case anyone ever asks why a grid system is good. 😂
  2. Very cool and handy, if true.
  3. Seeing how the system can't accept MO, MP or MT as route numbers during input, I wonder how difficult (or unlikely?) it would be for the system to use MP, MO, or MT as route numbers when it outputs information back to riders/whoever.
  4. That’s certainly a valid opinion. It is definitely better from a marketing standpoint. It is important for customers to be able to identify a bus and know where it takes them. On the other hand, I don’t see the point in have MAX BRTs (colours) vs. non-MAX BRTs (numbers). MAX routes have fancier shelters and other amenities, but BRT is BRT and I wish all the BRT lines were marketed together as being part of Calgary’s rapid transit network. But in any event, a non-numbered bus seems not to work with the way Transit currently functions, technologically speaking. Not having numbers means it would be impossible to look up routes under Calgary Transit’s system, in any way. Teletext, as I mentioned earlier depends on having route numbers. And schedules on Transit’s website have route numbers — even the trains. So while it might be nice from a customer’s standpoint not to have to know that 303 = MAX Orange, 306 = MAX Teal, and 307 = MAX Purple, we might be stuck with this — hence my suggestion that riders be told/educated about this in the meantime.
  5. That was my point: Transit should make it more obvious that MAX routes also have numbers. Something like “303 MAX ORANGE” on the front and side, and “303” on the back? (Can the sign at the back show alternating messages? MO and 303 switching back and forth would be cool, if feasible.) That would be a lot of fun. 😊
  6. Oh, that would be interesting … 😂 I am also intrigued by the description that it was a “light blue bus”. Haven’t seen one of those in forever!
  7. Or maybe everyone can be a little more open-minded and flexible, and learn/promote that the MAX lines are also assigned route numbers … (You can’t make teletext work without the route number, for example.)
  8. Well, on weekends, there is only one garage …
  9. Ah, that’s a good point. I thought there were always drivers on standby in case they are needed for CTrain shuttles and for shelter during emergencies and whatnot.
  10. Remember: the split-second budget cuts were not Transit's idea. You can blame city councillors for that. I encourage everyone to remind councillors of this every chance you get. The scheduling/timekeeping issues predate the present-day budget worries. Things weren't exactly terrific to start with and for riders of Route 1, things got a little worse with the 17th Avenue S.E. transitway traffic signal timing problems. I was taking the bus yesterday about the same time as the person who sent those tweets to Transit … I observed two operators on my bus. Having taken Route 1 lots on weekends, I noticed it was a trainer driving the bus and a trainee was watching. The trainees usually drive but they switch places when they've fallen significantly behind schedule and there's an attempt to make up time. (I think our bus was late by nearly an entire headway period.) That, plus the earlier delays/issues and Globalfest crowds, made for a difficult night I am guessing. You guys have put up with me moaning and groaning about timekeeping on Route 1 all summer and after watching/living the problem all season (and longer), I finally have some ideas to share. 1) What if Transit tried to anticipate the problems caused by broken-down buses and/or horrendous delays or another nature? From what I can see as a passenger, they wait until there is an observable problem/buildup of people waiting before sending out extras. By the time someone makes a decision and the floater(s) arrive from the garage, the problem has moved on and left a pile of people very unhappy and very late. I'm not a transit planning expert, but I can pretty much guarantee that a bus delay reaching 30 minutes or more on Route 1 at any time of the day is guaranteed to leave lots of people waiting. If bus control knows such a delay is building up, why not pre-emptively send a floater before customers/riders notice there is a problem? (For Canada Day on Route 1, the afternoon was when they were having issues with passenger overloads coupled with silly delays in the east, but by the time floaters were running short-turns on the west leg, the loads were much lighter, at least on the buses I was able to see. But I guess that was the point of the floaters, so it worked I suppose?) 2) Why must the floaters all wait at the garage? Knowing how much of the bus system flows through/near the core, why not have one bus stationed downtown to act as a floater in case of scheduling problems like the ones we've seen this summer? I've seen this happen during big events, with multiple buses on standby. Why not make it a standard operating practice — just with fewer buses? 3) Would it be feasible for transit to assign a supervisor-type person downtown as well, so they can drive around to the various stops and watch for accumulations of passengers? Right now, it seems transit doesn't hear about problems until either a driver signals an overload, or riders complain to them on Twitter (or calling the call centre, if it's open). I am assuming drivers on standby are paid whether they work or not. I also assume there is more than one supervisor working at a time, so sending one of them out on the road wouldn't be an issue. Now, I'm just waiting for someone to tell me Transit is supposed to be doing these things anyway! 😂
  11. Isn’t this the rationale for BRT routes 300 and 301? They act as a short-turn/branch service in the north to relieve pressure from the 3 and get those riders around with fewer stops. Between the 3, 300 and 301, there will still be approximately 9 or 10 buses/hour on Centre Street between downtown and 78 Ave. North in the middle of the day on weekends. (Throw in the 2 and 17 for even more local buses between downtown and the top of the bluff.)
  12. And the saga continues … (The stop in question is 33rd Street Station westbound, according to an earlier tweet.)
  13. Another weekend, another scheduling disaster on Route 1.
  14. Vehicle/block history Transit55 suggests it's either 6050, 6056 or 6058.
  15. A few things I've noticed while checking out the schedules … Route 3 weekend frequency is 16 minutes for most of the day, not 15 minutes as listed in Transit's service advisory. Route 8 weekday midday off-peak is still 20 minutes, not 33 minutes. Weekday evening frequencies slowly taper off from 25 minutes after dinner time to 33 minutes at the end of the night. Route 67 weekend frequency adjustment is actually a slight improvement, going to 30 minutes. (Currently 32 minutes.)
  16. Schedules for Sept. 2 and beyond are now visible on the Calgary Transit website.
  17. Southland also operates coach-style commuter services between Calgary and several bedroom communities. It also uses those buses to operate daily summer services between Calgary and Banff/Canmore. During major events, Red Arrow (Pacific Western, I believe?) operates public transit style shuttles between the LRT and the various facilities at Spruce Meadows. Red Arrow are best known for operating intercity coach services. The neighbouring city of Airdrie operates its own transit system. So does Banff/Canmore, though those locations might be far enough away from Calgary that it’s not a feasible work option.
  18. Looks like an artic involved in some kind of accident …
  19. Because summer’s almost over (!) I’ve seen two buses so far this week wrapped for Reliance Home Heating. Did not catch any unit numbers, however.
  20. Saw 8253 (MAX Teal wrap) on Route 87 this afternoon.
  21. Bingo. I hadn’t thought of it this way. But has it been fully established that those places that will lose bus service after 10 pm on weekends will have no nearby alternatives? I can think of a few areas where the loss of some late-night weekend bus lines will make it less handy — but not impossible — to use transit. The places served by Route 93, for example, are mostly within a 10 minute walk of the 9, 94, 111, 453 and Blue Line, from what I can see. Route 104 is walking distance from the 1, 4/5, 20, MO and Red Line. Route 24 is covered by 36/41 in Ogden/Riverbend (with link to downtown via Red Line) and 17 in Ramsay. I can’t explain the southeast however, with large areas being abandoned after 10 p.m. on weekends, which is ridiculous — unless there’s some kind of alternative (line redesign?) service on the way. (Or the ridership is way worse than we’re guessing.)
  22. Just remember transit had mere *weeks* to do what city hall asked of them. I’m sure with more time, the changes would have been less blunt. I imagine (in fact, I damn well hope) the next seasonal change(s) will be used to do exactly what you suggest — to maximize use of resources and further optimize routes to restore some of the services that are about to be cut.
  23. If I'm reading the collective agreement properly, there is a limit on shuttle conversions except by agreement of both parties. (It's all about interpretation …) https://www.atu583.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ATU-583-2014-2018-Collective-Agreement.pdf Copied and pasted from Page 82:
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