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  1. Transit Fan

    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    8317 on the 68 this afternoon. Don't often see large buses besides MP travelling to East Hills.
  2. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    Odd that they would just cancel the 75, it's a pretty well used route. A slight bump in frequency to the 36/41 during peak hours isn't going to make up for its cancellation. Connecting to the 24 isn't exactly ideal either and you can't transfer to the 302 or any of the other SE express routes from that area.
  3. Transit Fan

    2018 Novabus LFS CNG Sightings and Deliveries

    3 out of 7 MP's are using the new CNG Nova's this morning (8360, 8363, 8386). You can spot that giant purple square from quite the distance!
  4. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    That's awesome, today I also learned that the very first bus to start service in the morning is a southbound 23, followed by a southbound 43. Then I lost track since a bunch of other routes started up at the same time afterwards! 😂 Also interesting to see how much more bus activity there is in the north part of the city compared to the south.
  5. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    I'm surprised we didn't get maps like this at the launch of MAX. Honestly, at this point, it'd be more cost effective to wait for SW MAX service to start and print out a finalized map.
  6. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    An outbound MP looks like it was involved in a collision this morning at the 19th St crossing. Didn't catch the unit number (T55 isn't available due to real time feed issues). There was some significant front end damage to that red truck. Guessing he may have turned right on red into the bus or possibly turned left onto 19th St after the left arrows turned red. These transitway intersections that run parallel to 17th are looking to be the equivalent of the red line crossing along 9th St SW. Just last week, I was on an outbound MP, the transit signal at 19th had just turned white and we were almost halfway across. There was one car going northbound onto eastbound 17th going full speed against the red light. Thank goodness our driver was attentive because that other driver didn't make any attempt at slowing down and floored it right through the crossing. It was a full standing nova so a collision that day would've been real bad.
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    2018 Novabus LFS CNG Sightings and Deliveries

    Saw 8378 on an outbound MP this morning. Only caught a glimpse of the destination sign; it's not purple font but there is a big purple square next to "MAX PURPLE"
  8. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    I checked T55 around the time it was happening. 3 of the 4 MP's were bunched together at East Hills and all were 15-35 minutes late. I guess they got things sorted out pretty quick. A power outage at either 28th, 26th or 19th St would all be pretty difficult to navigate for all vehicles. They're essentially two intersections in one.
  9. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    Noticed one of those this morning at NB 1 St @ 8 Ave SW where the 18 and 112 stop. I guess they've learned some lessons from last year. Although, it makes you wonder if we would've ended up with anything different last year had there been a bigger emphasis on collecting feedback.
  10. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    FYI, the doc doesn't seem to be shared. Although the Max could be routed south of FIsh Creek, I still feel like it's a bit too indirect. Unless your destination is MRU or somewhere along the Max route, the red line would generally be faster to travel to/from downtown. This is especially true if you don't live within walking distance to a station and require a feeder bus connection. There are long term plans for a 162nd Ave BRT eventually and maybe then would it make sense to extend the Max to connect the two. In the short/medium term, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some kind of smaller route connecting Somerset and the Max via 37 St.
  11. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    This David guy doesn't seem like a big fan of buses out of Spring Gardens. I've seen him asking the CT twitter all weekend about why VP and Stoney aren't open so the older buses can be in service. Meanwhile, i'm more than happy to have the newer buses on my routes, if only because the legroom is way better. 😄
  12. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    8253 was still in the Teal wrap as of this morning. Conveniently, both are on the Max Purple today if anyone is looking to grab some last minute pictures in case they're being unwrapped soon. 8253 runs until 11:56pm and 8313 until 6:34pm.
  13. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Unfortunately, the MAX route and stop locations are mostly set in stone outside of the downtown area. Whereas Orange and Teal are crosstowns connecting the different legs in the network, think of the Yellow (and Purple) as another leg. I beleive the intention is for people within walking distance of those end stations to just walk. Those a bit further could take the 56. Given the odd frequencies they like to use off-peak, connecting between a MAX and 56 (or any of the other feeder buses) could be tricky and the red line will probably still be the preferred option off-peak. I think the biggest downside to this route is that there's basically no room left for an extension unless you cut through Fish Creek Park. East Hills is a bit of a dead zone in the short term but the growth potential for the Purple is huge in comparison.
  14. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    I think one reason they've extended the 93 to Chinook is due to the 47 being discontinued. The 13 only goes downtown so they expect people to transfer to the 9 or 93 to travel to/from Chinook. The new 93 route also replaces a portion of the 112 and connects to the MAX lines at MRU. Speaking of which, not too surprised to hear about 112 complaints. The 132 to Westbrook doesn't seem nearly as good and connecting to MAX at MRU via the 93 doesn't seem as practical either. The new proposed 22 is actually very similar to the old route 108 along Richmond Road. They cancelled that when the West LRT opened. I remember there being a bit of backlash at the time. They decided to keep the 112 as the only direct route downtown. Now it looks like we're flip flopping. The 112 is getting cut but the old 108 route is being brought back as the 22.
  15. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Absolutely. That area around 1 St SW is probably the busiest part of downtown. From the initial project maps, I was always confused how it would just turn around at 6 St SW. Glad to see that won't be the final routing. Also, proposed frequencies are: 10 min peak, 22 min off-peak and 27 mins weekends and evenings. Subject to change once schedules are written. Hopefully they don't overestimate the time savings of the transitway like they did with the Max Purple and Route 1.
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