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  1. Correct me if i'm wrong but hasn't the MP been travelling counter-clockwise through East Hills and using that southbound stop for a while now? I've never actually taken it to/from East Hills but every time i've seen one going through the area, it was going counter-clockwise. On that note, looks like construction of the adjacent Belvedere community is starting to ramp up in the area. It'll be nice to see the MP/68/440 serving more than just retail/commercial over the coming years.
  2. As part of today's new schedules, it looks like a few routes have switched to entirely/mostly all artic keys. Routes 1, 3, 23, 301, 302 (a couple of non artic keys), Max Orange and Max Purple.
  3. Looks like express buses (albeit fewer trips) and weekday only routes are still in service to get people to work. Most other routes look like they roughly have a regular midday level of service during peak hours. (e.g. 15 -> 30 minutes for feeders, 4-12 -> 15-20 minutes for busier mainline/crosstown routes)
  4. http://www.calgarytransit.com/news/reductions-transit-service Looks like certain trips will be removed starting tomorrow. No revised schedules on short notice but if I had to guess, the routes with <= 10 minute frequencies during peak are definitely gonna be cut. Certain express trips may see cuts as well.
  5. I haven't been out this week to say for certain but judging from some of photos posted online of how empty stations are and how early a large number of buses are running during rush hour based off transit55, I don't think crushloads are a concern. Ridership has dropped off considerably this week.
  6. Only the airport routes? I guess the only thing stopping them from doing it system wide is that you would have to forego fare checks for it to be effective.
  7. Amidst of all the school and facility closures, and workers slowly moving towards working remotely, many buses are running ahead of schedule across the system. For those still out and about, please make sure to give some extra time especially if not at a timepoint.
  8. Not just the frequency increase, but the spacing between timepoints is still the same for MY on weekends. Not sure if it's an error but it would be weird to chop off time during peak hours and all day on weekdays but still leave tons of time between timepoints on weekends.
  9. This issue is also seen on transit55. It's a bug in the schedule adherence data that they publish. Buses arent actually running that late. It does make it tough to track the ones that actually are late though. It's been broken for the 1 since the start of this signup.
  10. After taking a further look, I can't help but feel like the route 1's schedule may be padded out a little too much. Here's an example during morning rush hour. Technically, yes, non timepoint times are just estimates but let's just assume for a second that it does in fact take both routes 10 minutes to get to 52nd St. Somehow, it takes the MP 3 less minutes to get to 9th Ave Station. For that 7:05 trip, assuming that drivers actually wait for the full amount of time at the 9th St timepoint, the MP would be 5 minutes faster despite both routes arriving at about the same time at 52nd St. For trips where the route 1 sneaks ahead of the MP and ends up picking up the bulk of passengers, that could be interesting. For reference, the current time between Penbrooke Terminal and 9th St SE is 28 minutes and the new schedule is about 32 minutes. I do know a lot of operators tend to just ignore the 9th St timepoint if they're only a minute or two early. I usually take the MP in the mornings which is currently scheduled 4 minutes after each route 1 at the 9th St stop and there never seems to be a route 1 in front of us that is consistently running late.
  11. Well, I totally didn't see that coming. They did in fact balance out the midday schedules between the two routes but now there's all sorts of overlapping schedules during peak hours. After having looked over the two schedules, it's not completely awful but there are times where both routes are scheduled at the exact same time or within 1 or 2 minutes. The evening schedules are actually not too bad. At 25 and 26 minute headways, the spacing between them is about 10-15 minutes throughout the evening. You know what would really solve some of these schedule adherence issues though? Actually giving buses proper signal preemption along the major transitway intersections. One could argue that it can be disruptive during peak hours with buses in both directions at such high frequency but it seems like a no-brainer during midday or evening periods.
  12. I'm fairly certain reduce implies it going down to 20. They often use words like "improve" or "increased" for increases in frequency. That and it makes too much sense for it to be 20!
  13. Nice to see a lot of improvements this time as well as reversals of some of the service cuts from the previous signup. 4 minute frequency on the 301, that's nuts! It's a shame this area isn't going to see the Green line anytime in the near future. 6-7 minute frequency on the 145 is also quite surprising; that area is developing very quickly. Good to see improvements to MAX all around. Thought we might've seen a frequency bump for MO but I guess a lot of the demand is one-directional during peak hours. Having all that extra slack time transformed into higher frequency for Max Yellow is great as well. I don't think they would've needed to add an extra key as well to make this happen as it sounds like there was a lot of slack time at timepoints. The schedule adherence tracking on transit55 is sometimes a bit flaky but more often than not, the Max Yellow seems to be running early. Can't say for certain without seeing the schedule but Route 1 having midday frequency parity with Max Purple is great news. Theoretically, having the same frequency should allow them to space the two routes evenly during the midday so there could effectively only be 10 minute gaps along the transitway. That 1 minute difference in frequency meant that the two routes would always overlap on various trips throughout the day. The decrease to 25 minutes for the 1 during evenings and weekends still kind of sucks for the west end but I find that it's drastically improved operations in the east.
  14. Looks like either an EB 1 or MP sideswiped another vehicle pretty hard at the transitway crossing at 26th St SE this afternoon. Not entirely surprised given the close calls I see on a regular basis at these intersections. People are really bad with obeying those no right turn restrictions used during the u-turn light phases all along 17th Ave as well. Anyway, there was a pretty big emergency and transit response, hopefully everyone was okay.
  15. That is true but you have to consider that if they do build a station just south of that intersection at street level, it'd be hard to imagine how they would grade separate it in the future. Unless they want to tunnel 16th Ave underneath Centre St someday, you would need either a trenched station or build the station significantly further south of 16th Ave so that there's enough room to cross under 16th Ave in the future. Nothing presented thus far seems to indicate that the former is happening. The latter is still possible would make connections to Max Orange (one of the benefits that they're promoting) more difficult if the station is 2 blocks away.
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