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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    The proposed changes are now live. They didn't outright say it, but the new line will probably be called Gold or Yellow based on the color they're using on the maps. Also, the MAX has a slightly extended route downtown compared to what we've seen in previous documents thus far (only going as far as 6 ST SW). EB 9th Ave, NB 6 St SW, EB 5th Ave, SB 1 St SW, WB 6th Ave.
  5. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    414 is less odd for me especially considering the shift towards a grid network seen with last year's changes. I feel like we'll see an extension of the 414 further south along 14 St. I'd actually also like to see it travel west to MRU so that there's a direct connection between MRU and the North Central area. Connections to two MAX lines at MRU is another bonus.
  6. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Interesting that they decide to publish that page a few days ahead of the actual proposals being available. You would think it'd be better to just wait until Monday. I wonder what's in store for the 20, 149 and 302 considering they were all a part of last year's review. The latter two don't even serve the SW quadrant. The 411 is an odd one too; would've made sense to have reviewed that last year. More importantly, I hope they unveil the color of the new MAX line on Monday!
  7. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Sounds like a few of the new routes which aren't the major crosstown ones (e.g. community feeder buses and industrial routes) are slowly shifting towards shuttles during the evenings and/or weekends, if they haven't already.
  8. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Block data for the spring revisions is available now on transit55. Noticed that the 67 and 87 are now interlined on weekdays. One loop on 67, then 87, etc so it's very similar to the old 45 route. They're separate on weekends since 67 uses a shuttle bus all day. Speaking of which, 87 is also shifting to shuttles after ~7pm on both weekdays and weekends.
  9. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    A revised 155 route map is available from the website: http://www.calgarytransit.com/sites/default/files/route/155_mar_2019.pdf
  10. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Although not yet announced, the spring schedules (effective March 18) are up for the new Route 157 Saddletowne - Stoney Industrial and Route 161 North Pointe - Stoney Industrial (and all other routes). 157 every 30 mins, 161 every 32 mins all day. No weekend service. Route 157 Schedule Route 161 Schedule Most other schedules look unchanged from the few routes I took a peek at. We probably won't see any big changes until the fall signup and/or whenever the southwest MAX launches.
  11. Transit Fan

    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    Fortunately, snow hasn't been too crazy today. If that really was the concern, wouldn't artics have been pulled from the other routes too? 4 301 keys using artics as of 4:45pm plus a few express routes so some of them are going into service at least.
  12. Transit Fan

    Out of ordinary Calgary Transit bus spottings

    Interesting, the 301 seems to be the same as well right now. The usual 1, 302 and Max Purple keys look to be running artics still.
  13. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Too bad the destination signs don't always display "Love Max Purple". 🤣
  14. Transit Fan

    General CTrain Discussion

    Changes to 69 Street and Sirocco Station Park and Rides Effective March 1 2019: 104 free parking spots in the parkade converted to reserved at 69 Street 38 reserved parking spots converted to free at Sirocco
  15. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    It's been a few months since the network changes, we've had a lot of discussion on the MAX routes, but does anyone have any observations from any of the other new routes? Any routes doing better than expected, ones with low ridership, etc? From the east, some general comments I can make from either using the routes or seeing them drive by on a daily basis: 87 seems to be catching on along 17th Ave as people get used to the idea of there being a third bus on the avenue 23 seems relatively popular (I see a lot of connections to/from feeder buses along 52nd St). The north leg seems well used even off-peak. I would imagine the south leg through the industrial areas is a lot less busier outside of commuting hours? 68 doesn't seem to be getting used much the few times i've managed to see one drive by 155 is very empty even during rush hour. I've only ever seen a handful of people on it along 17th Ave. Nowhere near the same amount of people I used to see on the 26 or 57. This was the route that was created as a result of the backlash from the seniors at the complex on 26th Ave SE. I'm not entirely sure this new route is working out for them either. I'm especially curious how the changes around the FMC turned out considering how vocal people were about changes to the 20. Also the industrial routes with the change to the grid network. 52nd St doesn't really seem to be best environment for transfers.
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