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Jon Calon

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  1. MyFare is not yet available for iOS devices. Despite everything saying it is, it's not. A tweet from CT this morning confirmed why I wasn't able to find it on the iOS app store. Jon
  2. CT says one needs to download the app from the app store, but my searches for "My Fare" turned up nothing that says "I'm for Calgary" on the iOS app store. After a tweet to CT, I find out that it's not available for iOS yet! <facepalm> Jon
  3. That factor I was not aware of. Many times I've seen operators get out of the cab on one end of a train, walk to the other end, get in, sit down and hit the buttons needed for departure and we're out in less than 2 minutes. If they have to schedule 3 minutes at each end, that is definitely a lot of time. You realistically don't need more than a minute at each end if the frequencies are good. Jon
  4. a Skytrain like system would enable more frequency without the attendant increase in operators (and their pay) to run them. The train could come into the airport and be gone within 30 seconds. I doubt operators would like running that sort of turnaround time if they have issues with a homeless person or washroom break... And given we're talking a reasonably small vehicle means we can have smaller stations that don't cost as much to build, though admittedly, if we did run 1 car trains, that would save a lot on the maintenance facility, provided there's capacity within the OBMF for this. As for which train to board at the airport, go left at the platform to go to the Green Line, go right at the platform to go to the Blue Line. So long as the crossovers are set properly for each train coming in to crossover before arriving, it'll be easy enough to know which way the train is going. Jon
  5. Barlow/Max Bell I'm pretty sure is well above 1%, but unfortunately the resolution of the measurements from Google Earth Pro are pretty crude when it comes to the height. At the east end of the station, it reads 1074m, at the west end it reads 1073m. Since a meter is a pretty large measurement, heightwise, for a 100ish meter long platform, it's quite possible that the station is on a 2% gradient, but it seems steeper than that to me. Jon
  6. Towards the end of March, I was definitely seeing a serious uptick in the number of homeless people riding the trains, and with the lack of any sort of fare checks, the system is definitely being abused. I made mention of this to one of the people managing the building I work in, and she said she doesn't want me riding transit during the Covid-19 thing. Shortly after that (like 3 days into April) I was given a free parking stall in the parkade of the building and told to drive to work. I haven't been on transit since. (admittedly, at the beginning, the commutes into downtown were pretty sweet. These days, I'm definitely noticing an uptick in the amount of traffic...)
  7. The original idea of having the train go to 16th Avenue was so the expensive bit could be done in one shot - that is, a fully bored tunnel from 16th through to the edge of the beltline. If they're having to run it on the surface of Centre Street, to keep it on the cheap, I propose we end it at Eau Claire and use the money from not bridging now and send it further south. It's OBVIOUS the South won the Green Line, don't slap the north with a small itty-bitty useless segment as a consolation. When the City gets more money, build the Green Line north in a really meaningful manner. Pity though. To have the Green Line go from the Beltline to the north end of the city would've saved the city huge in operating dollars from all the buses that run on Centre Street. The ridership on day one on the north end would've made it a massive success. But alas, they couldn't figure out the fact the Aurora Business Park would've been a great location for the LRV garage...
  8. I too have noticed this. Seems like bumps in the road are also a good trigger for those things. Say, anyone heard whether the lawsuit between Calgary and Schneider Electric recovered the 5 million for the failed Connect system?
  9. No. You have one bus breakdown and all of a sudden, you've got thousands of riders in both buses and trains that are blocked. Recall when buses break down on 7th Avenue fouling the C-Train tracks and you've got yourself a situation where _everyone_ is mad. They routed Route 1 and a bunch of other routes off of 7th Avenue precisely to eliminate the potential for ruining the majority of Transit ridership through the core. Plus I don't doubt the fact that bus drivers try to not drive on the tracks for traction reasons. Also, LRT right of way maintenance becomes a massive headache when you have pavement on it. Lastly, costs of doing paved LRT become far more expensive than standard track laying. Hence, you wouldn't even get stage one for the same money that we're possibly getting now.
  10. Possibly to make it easier for operators to be consistent with their driving, regardless of what vehicle they're driving. At least, my guess...
  11. Not anymore. Province halted funding for that so the city shelved the order for the Series 10's. Those 40-ish U2's will have to be kept running a lot longer now...At least another 3 years until funding apparently comes available again. :-<
  12. The transit advocate in me is quite gutted at the moves this recent budget has made towards the Green Line. The political cynic in me almost wants the City to walk away from the deal, patch up the enabling works and finish the ones that have started and basically give the finger to the MLA's who allowed the Green Line to be postponed like this. The federal money is contingent on funding from the province and the City, and won't be paid back until the project is complete. So the City would basically have to temporarily carry the entire burden of the construction costs on the hopes that the funding doesn't get cut, which apparently the province can do with 90 days notice and no cause provided. That right there would be enough for me to say "shelve the project", and then place the blame completely on the province. Let those who are in the deep southeast and the north stew during their commutes and yell at the UCP next time they're at the ballot box. That said, I'm sure there are more than a few people in the city who wouldn't want the Green Line to go forward and they would be smiling at the fact their tax dollars aren't "being wasted" despite the fact this project would be quite a shot in the arm for the city's economy.
  13. I still believe that they should ditch the colours. "This is a Northeast Train, Destination Saddletowne" Or "This is a South Train, Destination Somerset-Bridlewood". We aren't going to end up with a bunch of lines that go all over the place like Edmonton with their even odder names (seriously, who knows where a Capital Line train goes?) such that cardinal directions can't be used effectively. Simplify! Jon If too many people don't know analog clocks, how are we supposed to describe rotations when "clockwise" means nothing? I liked the analog clocks actually. Jon Except if the traps catch a car, then you've got an ugly situation with respect to trapped buses and long detours. Gates on the other hand aren't bad, but are slow to raise and lower. Nah, we just need drivers caught using BRT lanes to give up their vehicles for a week and pay a really nice fine. :-) Jon
  14. Any word what parts ETS will be using on these cars? Jon
  15. I would suspect the Green Line will use the same system as we currently have. Why? Maintenance. Far easier to have one signal system for the city and as we already have staff that are trained for the ABS system, they're already good to go for the Green Line instead of having people be trained on both systems, maintaining two separate sets of inventory of parts, etc. etc. I suspect it would also mean there's a lot of simplification for the LRV's as well since the signalling is for the most part on the outside of the cars. Additionally, I'd imagine Rail Control would be able to swallow the Green Line instead of having a whole bunch of extra systems to control the Red/Blue line and then something else to control the Green Line. Trying to reinvent the wheel for miniscule gains usually leads to a lot of headaches. (Yes, I'm looking at you Edmonton...) Jon
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