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  1. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain Station Renovations

    Nooo! We must preserve the HERITAGE of the site!
  2. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain Station Renovations

    I know this isn't directly a list of stations we'd all like to see increased patrols at, but I don't think I've ever gotten off at Sunnyside and not seen some intoxicated person screaming at something or other. Not much incentive to put a kiosk with Safeway right there though.
  3. chills_on_the_train

    General CTrain Discussion

    Aww man, I was busy all weekend and my youngest didn't want to go again this year but I would love to get my hands on one of those card models.
  4. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    Really the closest I can get with that sound is probably "BOOO dooo".
  5. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    This only works if the doorbell also changes to "BONG, bong"
  6. chills_on_the_train

    General CTrain Discussion

    They ought to make it one of those vehicles that kids can crawl all over in one of the libraries. Granted it's a little bigger than a fire truck or helicopter.
  7. chills_on_the_train

    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    I've been out of town much of this month but over the past couple days I'm suddenly noticing a lot fewer U2s and a lot more S200s in service. Feels like a tipping point has been passed.
  8. chills_on_the_train

    General CTrain Discussion

    I just spent a couple of days in Edmonton attending a workshop at NAIT. In this time I used the ETS LRT a few times, and wanted to share my thoughts on the experience and how it compares to Calgary's system. What Edmonton Does Better There has obviously been a lot of care and attention to detail in how the ETS LRT operates. From 3-car trains that stop in the middle of the platforms to door tones and announcements that are carefully planned, to consistent seating layouts between the SD-160 and U2 fleets, kudos to the operations management of Edmonton's system. Calgary's polyglot of models has clearly caused some operational inefficiencies to crop up. Edmonton's U2 fleet is of course fantastic. Aside from a few visible places such as the interior door buttons, you'd never know those cars are older than Calgary's. Despite the questionable wallpaper, it's almost easy to forget if you're riding a U2 or an SD-160. The underground stations also obviously had some architectual love given to them, though they are clearly aging. Security guards present on the platforms is a welcome sight. And I now have a full appreciation for the educational infrastructure in Edmonton. Being able to access South Campus, Health Sciences, University, and NAIT stations all from a single LRT line is pretty fantastic. And while the Ctrain crosses the Bow much like ETS crosses the North Saskatchewan, I gotta give better style points for the Edmonton experience! 😁 Equal Points Obviously both cities operate very similar rolling stock. I think the overall experience inside the trains themselves is a wash. A U2 is a U2, though Edmonton's are obviously nicer. But the shared seating layout across both generations of train is not optimal for accessibility. People grouse about Calgary's Series 8 and 9 seating, but they offer clearly superior mobility/stroller accessibility and better overall passenger flow. Both systems sorely need to be extended to serve their respective airports, though that's coming! Cleanliness and repair across the infrastructure is pretty comparable. With similar weather I'm sure it's hard keeping everything maintained and clean in these winters. Edmonton's underground stations have a lot of expensive escalators to maintain. What Calgary Does Better I'm probably going to get a fair amount of disagreement here, but I don't like all the underground stations. While clearly safer overall, they are more difficult to access and can take a significant amount of time, especially if you're considering a short trip. In particular, University station is quite a journey (I got off here and walked around a bit), and cellular reception suffers. I think Calgary's open-air 7th Avenue corridor and hop-on, hop-off free-fare zone offers some significant advantages over Edmonton's subway, and its largely at-grade system is better overall in terms of passenger comfort - a ride with a view is much better than one without. Spending 4 days commuting on the DC Metro before this trip only reinforces this belief. The new northbound Metro line leaving downtown... well it's almost hard to justify using it, particularly during off-peak times. The distance between stations is so short, the average speed is so low, and the frequency is so... well... infrequent, that it genuinely feels like you can get downtown faster on a bus, or even biking on a nice day. All of Calgary's lines keep a decent speed and extend virtually to the edge of city limits. The overall reach of the system seems more limited than Calgary, but I chalk that up to Edmonton simply being a smaller city overall, and there are a lot of big plans for the future, including the Valley Line. In spite of all their operational issues, I think Calgary's Series 9 trains are a step above the 160s. Minus points for overall seating comfort, but big pluses for universal accessibility, interior space, HVAC, and plain old cool factor. Finally, my first experience was soured a bit as I finished my first day at NAIT and approached the platform, only to realize I had no way of paying for a fare. Having arrived from Calgary that morning on the Red Arrow and an Uber, and not being a habitual cash-carrier, I was simply stuck there standing on the platform in a bit of disbelief, and a $3.50 LRT ride turned into a $13 Uber fare to my hotel. I understand that there are cost savings to consider here, and Edmontonians are used to this, but as a business traveler I was a little put off. Concluding Thoughts I'm happy to see more money coming from various levels of government for transit projects, and hopeful that some will be invested in both our great cities LRT systems. We both have growth aspirations and operational challenges to face. I'm happy where I live, and I see the potential in Edmonton as well. Thanks for reading!
  9. chills_on_the_train

    2018 Novabus LFS CNG Sightings and Deliveries

    Having ridden on 8302, I didn't really find it noticeably quieter than the other 8000-series buses, are there datapoints somewhere that show a clear reduction in engine noise on these models?
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    Calgary Transit

    Does this just provide funds to complete the previous order for the 15 additional S200s (Series X) or does it allow that order to be expanded to 30?
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    Near, far, wherever you are I believe that my parts will go on... Once more you open the doors And you're here in my parts And my parts will go on and on
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    I dare ETS to strip them, hook them up to each other, and push them around the system on Halloween - Zzzzommmbiiieeee traaaaaaain! Edit: As they pull into each station: "This train - the ghost of inadequate funding"
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    Been seeing and boarding a lot of 3-car consists lately and experiencing waits at 7 st W around 5PM. I rather hope that another 4 U2s aren't about to go to the block right now...
  14. chills_on_the_train

    Random Ctrain pics

    Saw the same consist yesterday on my way home. 2002 is a true hero.
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    Calgary Transit

    I don't know what a key is in this context, but it arrived at Crowfoot at about 8:45AM and then went out of service.
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