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  1. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    I'd be fully on board with Hastings, UBC-Capilano,and North Shore Rapid Transit, but I don't see how the Canada line could or needs to go under the inlet, or why low density Steveston needs the Canada line, why the airport needs a second line, or why the Expo line, the busiest, should go to low density Langley when an LRT will.
  2. It's good to hear that. That part of the 95 route is very crowded.
  3. The Compass Project

    The buses I was on today on routes 99, 130, and 239 had them, and I may have seen one at one of the stations. I wasn't really looking. They were on most buses yesterday too, front and back. They seem to be putting some effort into promoting this switch.
  4. The Compass Project

    There have been a lot of tweets, and a post on the buzzer blog, about it today. I've seen a number of ads around too. I'm expecting a period of people fumbling with cards at fare gates even more than usual, once this starts. It seems awkwardly thought out.
  5. Collisions and Incidents thread

    There are places near the second narrows along the tracks that aren't crossings but can still be accessed by pedestrians
  6. The B-lines having their own consistent numbering system would help, especially with the focus on 'branding' that Translink seems to be going for. But the best and most efficient numbering system for any transit system is 'the one that's already there, unless it is totally disorganized'. Changing the numbering system costs money and causes confusion, and I have no idea why Translink, who can barely keep up with the current system and the 10 year plan, is changing so many numbers right now. Half of the B-lines cross between areas of the geographic numbering system, eg. the 95
  7. Yes, since they have plans for more B-lines than there are numbers left that start with '90'
  8. But, since they run in a circle, they switch from 5 to 6 and 6 to 5, but it's the same bus going around. It's not intuitive Neither of those alternatives make any more sense than Holdom.
  9. Not really. Those signs are for high frequency, high ridership routes. Translink provides bus GPS data to app developers so that people like me can deal with rapidly changing conditions using our phones as we go. I have wondered why only the 3 got those signs, and if they might add them to the B-lines as well, especially the new ones next year. Edit: I don't understand, in general, why Translink has different route numbers for continuous routes, sometimes. The 5 and 6 is confusing. Making the 129 into two numbers is confusing. The 15/50 being two routes can't be less confusing than the 14 going from UBC to the edge of Vancouver as one route.
  10. Green Line LRT

    Given that the Green Line is low floor, in the median of Centre St, and generally designed to 'integrate' into everything around it, I can't imagine speeds being faster than the Red and Blue lines. Especially given the speed limits imposed on the Martindale section of the Blue line
  11. Calgary Transit

    Something from this topic that's maybe more relevant: There used to be plans to completely redo Heritage station, including the bus loop. Has anyone heard of anything coming of that, or is it still dead?
  12. Calgary Transit - North Crosstown BRT

    I'm hoping that Calgary Transit doesn't forget that the new BRT routes are not just a bypass of downtown between quadrants of the city. They are also access to areas that currently don't have LRT, i.e. the hospitals, 16 ave, 52 st (for the North BRT), Mount Royal, Rockyview, Odgen, Douglasdale, Southland, Woodbine, etc (South and SW BRT)
  13. CTrain Station Renovations

    I've been wondering how much of the Anderson station head will be rebuilt. It's small, narrow, and at an odd angle. The stairs beside the bus loop are hard to use sometimes because of the angle...
  14. The problem with Kootenay loop, other than the fact all the bus bays are being used, is that traffic from the Cassiar Connector interchange interferes with bus access to it on a daily basis. Any time you see 28/130 detour tweets on Translink twitter, there is also trouble at Kootenay loop. The Safeway at Hastings and Willingdon works well for the 130 Pender turn around, but it seems a lot of people ride the 129 through along Hastings. In fact, if there's anywhere I can think of that most people get onto it and off of it (and there are always people other than me riding it through any of the stations etc), its Holdom. To me, it's an inconvenience having the 129 be two routes, if only for the reason that if the 129 'starts' at Holdom, the route map with gps bus locations won't show if there's a delay coming from Edmonds. I would have been half an hour late for something yesterday if I hadn't known that the 129 had problems near Edmonds. This is an effect of Burnaby having very poorly planned transit routings
  15. Splitting that route is a horrible idea. I really hope it's just a number change with the same bus continuing. I live near Hastings and Willingdon, and frequently use the 129 as a less crowded, less delayed alternative to the 130 when travelling to the Millennium line, but also anywhere in Burnaby along the western and eastern side, eg. Burnaby hospital, Burnaby City Hall area, and Highgate area. It's one of the few routes in the area that functions properly as-is. Extending any half of the 129 to Kootenay loop or Kensington, as some of you have suggested, would be useless and impractical. Kensington is well served by the 130 and 95, and Kootenay Loop has problems that I could write an essay about, which would be made worse by another route terminating there. Re: speculating about demand on the 129, from my observations, the existing schedule does a very good job of meeting demand on all parts of the route. Edit: The 130's recent increase in frequency was good, but it doesn't work very well as a frequent route. It has problems at Kootenay loop, Brentwood, BCIT, and near Metrotown. I wish that modifying it/implementing the B-line that was suggested for the first Mayor's vision was part of the 10 year vision upgrades coming next year.