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  1. Those signs are pretty slick. It'd be nice to eventually see them at all major bus terminals/stops. I believe we'll be seeing some pop up at the new BRT stations that currently being built for the North and South Crosstown. The new transitway stations for the 17 Ave SE BRT should all have them too.
  2. You gotta keep in mind that the 301 is so successful because for much of North Central Calgary, the 301 is essentially their equivalent of an LRT line. The thing with the 302 and the deep SE area in general is that almost all the feeder buses there feed into the Red line LRT. During the off-peak/weekends, people have the choice of the 302 every 26 mins or the Red line every 10 mins. The Red line also isn't as packed during the off-peak. Unless you're living within walking distance to a 302 stop, having to rely on a good connection between your feeder bus and the 302 means that the train will be a safer transfer for most people. I'm just making a guess here but the fact that they decided to go from a 30 minute to 26 minute frequency indicates that transfers to/from the 302 isn't a very big priority. You could argue that they could increase the off-peak frequencies but then I think a lot of buses would be quite empty. Since much of the route is through the industrial areas means ridership isn't going to be very high outside of commuting times. With the addition of the South Crosstown BRT, I wouldn't be surprised if we eventually see more buses feeding into the Douglasglen terminal to encourage connections to that service.
  3. It's great to hear that this is the case! Along with your comment from the bus pullout thread about there being a big change up coming in 2018, it has me excited for what's in store. Outside of the 301, our existing BRT service is kind of disappointing in many ways: The 302 does well during the peak (enough to warrant artics) but then ridership drops off so heavily during the off-peak that only shuttle buses are warranted. Not exactly a great display of what the future Green line can be. The 305 has slowly seen decreasing headways and service hours. The main flaw with the 305 is its redundancy with the Route 1. They follow almost the exact same route (except at the ends) and the 305 only ever skips 1-3 stops so the time savings isn't very huge. I've been taking the 305 since it was created in 2008 and it's very evident that most people tend to take the bus that comes first. It's a game of leap-bus every day between the 1 and 305s. The current 306 is essentially one chunk of the South Crosstown but headways today aren't that great and there is also some redundancy between a few local routes like the 20 or 72/73 which come much more frequently than the 306. The plan is for 10 minute peak service for the South Crosstown. Apparently, such headways aren't warranted today and just extending the route down to Douglasdale isn't going to magically attract ridership all of a sudden so there's going to have to be changes made for it to work. Overall, it'll be interesting to see what kind of changes are in the works to encourage better use of the BRT's over local routes. The fact that we're getting "stations" built with things like real time displays should help with making them stand out more than just a regular bus. The 17 Ave SE BRT is getting its own dedicated transitway, the first of its kind in the city, which should help give it more of an LRT feel. Advertising and branding can play a crucial role in getting more people aware of these upcoming services. Our primary system map (like the ones you find on the train) should include the two LRT lines as well as the BRT routes and their transfer points.
  4. Next bus arriving. Please stand clear of the yellow line.
  5. Interesting, this means that existing routes like the 3 and 301 will continue to be just as busy even with stage 1 built. If you're going to/from areas north of 16th, you'll be better off sticking with the bus like you would be doing today versus doing a bus/train transfer. The north section would only really be useful if you're living/working near the 16th Ave station or transferring to/from the North Crosstown BRT. As for the SE segment, they're getting the bulk of the stations but a good chunk of those in the industrial areas aren't likely to see very high ridership. If only they could get one or two stops further to McKenzie Towne at least. In 9 years, there's gonna be a lot new development further south and that's gonna be a lot of feeder buses funnelling north into Shepard station.
  6. From the North Crosstown project page: From an email update I received today:
  7. A new update was posted on the North Crosstown page recently: Interesting that they mention Brentwood and Saddletowne already having digital schedules. I haven't been to those stations in a while but i'm pretty sure the only digital signs are on the train platforms unless they added new ones to the bus terminals too? Also, the part about certain stops on 16th Ave remaining as they are seems worrisome. Hopefully don't just put up a fancy new pole with the "station" name on the sidewalk and call it a day...
  8. An update was posted recently on the City webpage for phase 2 of the BRT project. Looks like construction of the new bridge over the Bow River will start within the next few weeks. As for 17th Ave itself, I take the 305 along it everyday and nothing too exciting has happened yet but they've started installing wooden poles at all the main intersections for hanging temporary traffic lights across them. The existing lights will probably be taken down soon once construction officially kicks off.
  9. Looks like the same kind they had for the 17th Ave BRT back in December. They're gonna have a lot more ground to cover this time considering the length of the North Crosstown. Would be nice to see them work with places like the hospitals, SAIT and UofC since i'm sure there's a good chunk of existing NE <-> NW riders that would be good to get feedback from.
  10. Hmm, shorter headways are nice I guess but stuff like this makes it harder to memorize the schedule.
  11. I think frequency will definitely be key for these new BRT routes. If they wanna pitch these as an alternative for going across town without having to go through Downtown via the LRT, they have to feature a good frequency at all times of day. The new stretch of the 306 seems like it might become fairly popular. Existing service connecting Quarry Park and Douglesglen terminals to the Red Line is pretty lackluster in the off-peak.
  12. What kind of huge flaws are we talking about?
  13. They say this regarding both the North and South Crosstown BRT's. Existing service on the 306 isn't exactly that great with 25 minute headways during peak and limited service hours overall. The south crosstown BRT is pretty much the 306 with an extension to Quarry Park and Deerfoot Meadows. I'm not sure that alone is gonna drive a lot of new ridership to warrant the jump to 10 minute headways though. Is the 306 busy at all these days?
  14. I could see how it could catch some people off guard. Sign could've been moved further in maybe. Or maybe have like a right-only sign with the small "Except Transit" fine print. On a different note, are there plans for some kind of bus bay for the EB side of Memorial? Could be helpful for the larger disruptions so shuttles could bypass going through Bridgeland completely and stay on Memorial. The Zoo station kinda gets shafted though; not that the current stop on 12th St they tend to use is much better.
  15. There's no longer a #106. Didn't that used to be an express version of the 6 prior to West LRT opening?