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  1. A Calgary Transit spokesperson hints at possible service improvements for MAX Orange at the next signup. https://livewirecalgary.com/2020/01/23/city-examining-potential-changes-to-overcrowded-max-orange-lines/
  2. Is this the first reported use of an articulated bus on MAX Orange? Turns out this was a replacement bus … but still cool.
  3. I don't use MAX Yellow (or the old Route 18) enough to know if what this guy's saying is true ... can any of you verify?
  4. The Route 30x problem goes beyond MAX Yellow. I’ve seen various people on Twitter chatting with transit CSRs about how confusing it is to have multiple designations for these BRT routes. Searching for schedules on the website can be a little challenging without knowing the MAX route numbers. Using teletext is impossible without this information. I can definitely understand the frustration.
  5. Ooh! RTL just received the first of five electric midi-buses as part of some kind of pilot project. [In French] http://rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2020/arrivee-du-premier-autobus-electrique-au-rtl/ According to the RTL statement above, this first bus will undergo tests before being put into revenue service, as would be expected. It hasn't yet been decided where/how all five buses will be deployed. Included in the link is a photo of VIPs posing in front of said bus, which has no livery.
  6. This seems to have been the norm for a lot recent planned weekend disruption shuttles.
  7. Very cool stats there. I wonder if it would be possible to extend the pilot to areas in Calgary’s far southeast during late-night weekend hours, when regular transit is apparently economically unfeasible? Those two on-demand vehicles would have finished servicing the far north neighbourhoods by then.
  8. It doesn’t help that the block by The Bay is constrained by Enmax construction. I’m sure things will get better once that’s over and Routes 10, 13 and 90 return to their usual stop for their time point.
  9. This is not just a problem for express buses, or just on 5th Avenue. On 5th Avenue, I’ve seen people miss buses because the vehicles were stopped at the back of the block, then drove off. Other times, I’ve seen what this Twitter poster describes — non-express buses stopping in the driving lane and allowing people on in the gaps between other buses. On 1st Street S.W., it’s quite a sight when Max Purple, Route 1, Route 13 and Route 90 are laying over a the same time … but as a rider it can also really confusing unless you’re 100% paying attention. Riders have to notice their bus might be at the back of the queue, or otherwise stopping in an unusual location. There is so little space, I’ve noticed Route 7 tends to lay over at the express bus stop on EB 5th Avenue.
  10. An opinion column in today’s Herald: https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/editorials/happy-birthday-to-the-southwest-brt-and-me My totally oversimplified summary: The author is delighted for the opening of MAX Yellow.
  11. Surely, the 2020 service changes aren't *that* bad. The 66 inside Lakeview is identical to the 18 and the 63. How is Route 66 an unusable mess? Outside Lakeview, there are workable alternatives. Do people just hate change? Do they expect to be able to use transit with zero effort on their part? Do they just like being angry? I honestly don't get it.
  12. I’ve been on 1847 a few time over the past year and the stop request bell has been broken every time. Now, it’s at the point where there are two handwritten signs inside the bus asking riders to tell the driver when they want off … so I guess a repair isn’t likely in the near-term! 😂 I guess it’s not really worth the effort?
  13. I believe I just saw 8415 in the Max Bell/Barlow bus loop a few minutes ago, displaying “Training bus” on its electronic roll sign.
  14. New “Rapid Transit Network” map (including MAX Yellow) seen in the wild on the upper level at Southland CTrain station! 😀 The map at platform level is the old version, however. Also noticed today the bus arrival signs are not working yet at Rockyview and Heritage Park MAX stations. They are functional at 90th Avenue Station but are showing the wrong information: SB times are being shown on the NB platform, and vice-versa.
  15. Here's a PDF from Transit containing the adjusted schedule. http://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/content/PDF/route-2-dec-27-2019.pdf They say the change won't show on their website and in apps until early February.
  16. Indeed, I had noticed all the scheduled trip information on T55 was accurate for all the “late” buses.
  17. Since the winter service change, some Route 1 buses have been shown as being severely late on Transit 55 when they are really on time or close to it. I think it might be messing with the Transit and Calgary Transit apps, too. The schedule adherence accuracy for other routes seems not to be affected. Anyone know what might have caused this, and it is fixable before the next timetable adjustment?
  18. Wishing everyone what the sign says! (From Route 7 on Sunday night.)
  19. From the Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper: More service improvements expected for Roam Transit and On-It. https://www.rmotoday.com/banff/banff-canmore-regional-roam-service-expanding-1956546
  20. The verbiage used by Calgary Transit to describe changes to Route 302 in Monday's service revision is not the best. "Service will be revised in East Village. Bus frequency will be every 10 minutes during peak hours, and 25 minutes during off-peak hours until 7 p.m. weekdays and 6 p.m. weekends. View the route map and schedule." It makes it sound as if the bus doesn't run after 7 on weekdays and 6 on weekends. It runs until around 10 p.m. every day. Weekday off-peak frequency is 25 minutes, even in the evening, while weekend frequency is 32 minutes, not 25.
  21. Last day of service today for Routes 112 and 411.
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