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  1. CAD buses

    How do the announcements sound when it's off-peak (i.e. no need to actually stop) and stop placement is really close on a particular route? Do they kinda just play back one after the other?
  2. Suggestions for Improvements to Calgary Transit

    From the BRT project page: They're investing a lot more into this newest batch of BRT routes than they have in the past with our existing "BRT". Stations will have a completely different look and feel compared to the usual non-BRT stops. Queue jumps are being added at congested intersections. The Southwest and 17th Ave SE BRT routes will have dedicated lanes along parts of their route.
  3. General Route Discussion and History

    Wow, crazy to think that the bus would serve a road with only a few number of businesses like that. Even the 440 today isn't very popular, only ever see a handful of people on it (if any) going to/from Chateau Estates. I wouldn't mind seeing the 440 shuttling back and forth between Chateau Estates and the 17 Ave BRT terminus via East Hills. That would provide better access to the stores in that area.
  4. General BRT discussion

    Anyone have any ideas (or know for a fact) how they're gonna go about branding these new routes? Route #'s For the new routes like North Crosstown and Southwest BRT, they'll probably be route number's in the 300's since they're BRT routes. But will things like the 305 and 306 keep their numbers for the 17 Ave and South Crosstown routes? Station Names Since each station is supposed to have one of those red/white pillars with a station name on it, how are station names are gonna work? I'd assume they're just going to be named after a nearby major destination (facility, LRT station, etc.) or the cross street if none exists. Not sure community names like with LRT station names would work since stop spacing is a lot closer in some cases. This probably means we'd be getting new on-board announcements for all the station names.
  5. Calgary Transit

    That would make sense considering there's a future 28 Ave station for the Green line.
  6. General Route Discussion and History

    Hmm, maybe replaced wasn't the right word to use for the 19. They'll obviously be keeping the local service through Renfrew/Vista Heights/Sunridge areas and probably along 16th Ave still.
  7. General Route Discussion and History

    It's interesting to see that a lot of our longer crosstown routes are either being split or soon to be replaced by BRT/LRT. Up until last year, the 10 used to be one of the longest routes in the city wasn't it? 1/305 (Soon to be the 17 Ave BRT, the east half at least. Wonder if they're gonna split it.) 19 (Soon to be the North Crosstown BRT) 23 (Will eventually be the 52nd Street BRT someday) 301/302 (Future Green Line)
  8. Calgary Transit

    How does the automatic passenger counters work? Do it just count the number of people walking through the door and does the driver need to do anything?
  9. Calgary Transit

    Good to hear that they're making these types of decisions to tackle redundancies between services. Going through Inglewood and 17th Ave every weekday, it's crazy seeing the overlap in service between routes like the 1, 125, 126, 305, 411 and 440 for example. Too often i've seen things like people heading downtown ignoring the 126 because it's not a 1/305 or people travelling just along 17th Ave and totally ignoring the 440.
  10. Calgary Transit

    Damn, that's a lot of mainline / crosstown routes that are getting nerfed. I wonder what this means for the new BRT services if similar existing services like the 1 or 19 aren't doing so hot. They're promising 10 minute headways during peak hours but who knows what off-peak service could drop to.
  11. Calgary Transit - North Crosstown BRT

    Ooh, didn't think they'd end up putting the stations there! Is it there for both directions?
  12. Calgary Transit - North Crosstown BRT

    Do we know where the University stations are going? I'm guessing it's just the existing WB 32 Ave @ 31 St and the EB 32 Ave @ 33 St stops?
  13. Green Line LRT

    Don't recall where (or from who) but I remember it being mentioned that existing buses would continue to connect downtown even when the Green line is operational and going up to 16th Ave. So if you were travelling to/from downtown on a 3 or 301 for example, you wouldn't need to do a bus-train transfer to complete your trip.
  14. Calgary Transit - North Crosstown BRT

    Am I reading that right, you mean to say that the Crosstowns could be up and running as soon as December 2017 or is that just the area service reviews? Seemed like the goal was always Fall 2018 based on the project pages at least.
  15. Calgary Transit - North Crosstown BRT

    Can't believe we're still over a year away before we'll be able to see these new routes in service. Although it's still not really true BRT (in terms of having fully dedicated lanes), the fact that we're actually building "stations" this time with signage, real time info and heated shelters is a step in the right direction compared to our existing "BRT" service. Any insiders have any info on when we can expect to see bus service reviews conducted in the BRT areas like they did with the NW recently? I keep getting told later in 2017 for the 17 Ave and Marlborough area. I suspect we'll be seeing similar changes for the areas near the Crosstowns around the same time?