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  1. So they're all in service, and presumably doing well judging by the lack of commentary on them here. Personally they're a good experience, somewhat quieter but otherwise very similar overall to their Diesel cousins. I do enjoy seeing one drive by knowing that it's producing significantly less emissions than other models. So... when's the next batch coming? 😁
  2. Phase 2 of the Airport Transit Study is in progress and will have a pair of Open Houses next week. https://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Green-Line-to-Blue-Line-Connector.aspx?redirect=/airporttransitstudy Info cards from the Open Houses: https://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Documents/Transit-projects/RPR-COC-ATS-boards.pdf Notable points: More esoteric options such as monorails, unmanned wheeled rapid transit vehicles etc. are definitively ruled out. Options remaining on the table (page 9 of the above PDF)are: An APM rail service Conventional high- or low-floor LRT BRT bus service The APM is the currently favored recommended option. Whether the APM or LRT is eventually selected though, service will be independent of the Green and Blue lines, for a number of reasons (page 12 of the above PDF): Cost Effective: Service planning and operations are flexible and scalable to meet demands Allows for stations to be sized to meet Airport Transit Connection demands. A spur forces the Airport Transit Connection station platforms to accommodate 4-car-trains Customer Experience: The frequency of service is maintained for the communities north of Airport Trail on both Green Line and Blue Line The frequency of service for the Airport Transit Connection is not limited to mainline service The system is easy-to-understand as it reduces customer confusion about which train to take at the mainline stations I have to say I'm disappointed that we won't be able to take a simple spur of the Blue Line right from downtown to the airport, but I do understand their reasons for going in this direction.
  3. Oh dear. Welp, I'll count myself lucky today then!
  4. Experience was flawless as far as I could tell from Tuscany to 8 St W. Should keep it going IMO.
  5. I lucked out this morning at Tuscany and am currently aboard 2219! I see the scratched seat, and these benches are certainly firm, but the lack of padding has given my 6'4" self a *small* but very appreciated amount of extra legroom. Station announcements are nice and clear. Ride feels solid. Braking nice and smooth. So far so good!
  6. Is there a published spec somewhere on what sort of traction power those vehicles have now vs. pre-refurb?
  7. This is a cooler answer than I expected! Thanks!
  8. Something that's been on my mind for a while. How do the station announcements work? How are they triggered? Is it location based, operator controlled, or is there some kind of external sensor that tells the trains where they are? Why are the U2s worse at "knowing" this than other models? I'm currently heading NB on the Red Line, aboard 2418 and the infotainment systems all say "Somerset-Bridlewood" on them, but we are just passing Sunnyside. I've been on a few S9 consists where once they reached Sunnyside the system corrected itself (it's frozen this time).
  9. Red Line. It was also pulling 2004 (going SB) at the back half of a 4-car consist.
  10. Currently aboard 2002 on my way to work. Go old warrior, go!
  11. Looks like Victoria Park / Stampede is next to get the same treatment as Chinook: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/stampede-station-revamp-1.5141417 Renderings: Hurrah for improved access and a more open-air station without escalators, nay for increased pedestrian/train interaction I guess.
  12. I've thwacked my 6'4"-high head on those a couple times and this makes me happy!
  13. There's been at least one CNG on the 138 for the evening rushes for at least the past two weeks.
  14. Can't wait til this shows up on Red Line! Any shots of the driver's cab?
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