DarkKeyo

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  1. That's not very much fare evasion. The random ticket checks work, I see them catch and fine a lot of people when doing the checks. Our stations are not designed for fare gates. They've studied eliminating the free fare zone but there's never been a benefit to changing it. They haven't been as good at studying fare payment systems; They picked Televent for Connect a second time after the first failed tap system, and it failed to work the second time too. They should have gone with someone else. Why would the same company do anything different? I think since this current idea is just adding an extra way to pay fares to the existing system, and upgrading the TVM's accordingly, it probably won't change things or fail badly. IT sounds like a simple middle ground that leaves things open for other improvements later. I'll wait and see how it goes.
  2. Ah! That solved a mystery for me. It's had that 82 posted up for months, and I had no idea what route it was for.
  3. The offset gates at Lions Park are a problem for people getting through as each side is only wide enough for one person, which is probably unsafe and certainly irritating. But yes, anyone who ignores a crossing arm is at fault.
  4. I agree that banning headphones near stations is a stupid idea. There's no way it could work, and there's no way it could be enforced. They already can't ( or don't) enforce the supposed 'No Smoking' Bylaw in stations. They've done almost all they can to prevent these accidents. There's a lot of signage about not being distracted, looking before crossing, and the new wider yellow lines. The only thing I can think of that they should do is replace the swinging gates (eg. at Whitehorn where this happened, at Saddletowne) and the offset gates (at Lions Park, Heritage), with crossing arms (like they did at Anderson, Shawnessy, and Banff Trail). Everything else is the responsibility of pedestrians and cars, to not do anything stupid.
  5. The Calgary Transit representative who handed me the card with the survey website did so at Brentwood. Hopefully they're at the other locations too.
  6. There is a survey up for the North Crosstown BRT: http://www.calgarytransit.com/survey
  7. Xtrazsteve: The Twitter feed is accurate for delays, and the "real" time signs and announcements usually lag behind it by a good amount. The system they use for announcements/real time info usually fails first in any problem situation.
  8. My experience with Vancouver's snow this winter taught me that one of the major problems the Skytrain has with snow is that snow on the guideway messes up many of the automation systems. That amount of snow was unusual for Vancouver, but is common in Calgary, and it gets much colder here. Because of that, I suspect Skytrain wouldn't work well here without major modifications. The elevated section in Calgary seems to have no problems, at least not ones caused by it being elevated. My experience with Calgary Transit in winter is that, during major snow and cold events like this, breakdowns happen more often and the system is slow, but on the whole things still function unless something random and major happens (this is true for the trains, buses, and roads in general). This week hasn't been especially bad; There is enough snow that everything has slowed down, especially where there are hills, because of a large amount of dry, and therefore packed and slippery, snow and ice. The interlined, street level design of 7th Ave is the cause of most of its own problems. It would function better if either one of those problems, or even separation from major arterial like 4th Ave, changed. Our LRV's are a problem as well, because despite a lot of modifications for cold weather and normal running, they aren't really built very well, despite what the city says, and tend to not work randomly all year round. I think that a system like Calgary's would work in Vancouver as long as they accounted for the wet snow and ice on the tracks. I assume that the Surrey LRT is being designed with this in mind
  9. I did as well, although maybe not in as much detail as this post because there was no space on the online form. I had been hoping to tell someone these things at an Open House and find out what data supports their plans. Because as someone who uses the routes EW on 16th a lot, it doesn't feel like I'm getting much. Hopefully their summary will explain. If they manage 15 min or better frequency, or even 20 min at the lowest, it'll provide some benefit.
  10. For the North Crosstown, it misses Lions Park station, Village Square, Foothills Hospital, and Peter Lougheed by several blocks each. They want to have a fast and direct route for the BRT, but missing all of those destinations is going to hurt ridership (it will remain on local routes), which will hurt frequency, and without frequency it's going to be not much use. They might have an explanation but I haven't heard it. The future stops at McMahon and Banff Tr TOD might have the same problem. The South Crosstown has less of this, although to avoid the awkward loop at Rockyview it will have that stop at the bottom of the hill last I checked). It will skirt the edge of Deerfoot Meadows. I was really hoping that it would provide transit access to the Farmers Market, since there isn't any. The problem is poor urban design, especially at Hospitals, but I don't see this as a solution that will work well.
  11. I was the last person allowed on a 306 in an Eldorado near the end of a MRU school day once, it was that full. It's weird to me that the Calgary Transit website promised public consultation sessions for the N and S Crosstown, and then only took a few comments on the Engage website and seems to have finalised the routing with several huge flaws. I've been wondering who to ask about that since none of the pages have a 'contact us' section
  12. Many of the weekday trainsets on the red line seem to be 4 car right now, and evenly distributed between series 7, series 8, and u2 consists.
  13. I've seen the usual two s200 keys around Crowfoot around 630 pm this week, but today is the first time I remember seeing any on Saturday
  14. I usually run into one or both consists on the way home from Crowfoot. The other day, one had the front, back, and side destination signs off the entire trip, along with the internal tv displays.
  15. It's interesting that the service they mention on Country Hills, the 430, didn't last long. Even though it is still labelled on planning maps as an important corridor, and is useful.