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  1. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Woo, first commute on the MP on #6038. The 7:13 trip from East Hills was pretty busy. It could just be due to day 1 slowdowns but the MP may have schedule adherence issues. Mine was slightly late arriving at Brookfield this morning. Transit55 shows a few behind schedule as well. Those crazy layovers at the two ends doesn't seem so crazy anymore. 60 minute round trips during weekends and weekday off-peak may be tight if there's any congestion at all in downtown and/or Inglewood. I guess that's why they went with 66 minute roundtrips at 22 minute headways for weekday mid-day trips. Not surprisingly: there was a bit of confusion at WB 52nd St since the 1 doesn't stop at the MAX station a truck was parked right at the MP stop at Brookfield
  2. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Great shots! My one complaint with the MP stations is that they didn't really incorporate any space for some non-digital displays like you often find at LRT stations. Something like a paper map of the Rapid Transit Network and perhaps a map of the connecting buses at that intersection and where to catch them. I'm surprised they decided to allow any parking on that block of 1 ST SW if that's indeed the case. Two artics killing time there could easily take up most of the space between the MAX/1 stop and the mid-block one. Visually that stop location looks pretty nice and it provides a good connection to 1 St Station. However, I don't recall there being any benches or seating at that location nor is there really a shelter or nearby building to hide in when the weather is bad. It's a shame they couldn't get any actual MAX style stations built downtown for the Purple line. A real-time info display would've been perfect so people aren't doing stop lookups for the wrong stop number! 😂 Edit: Took a look at Google satellite view and there's that bench that runs parallel to 7th Ave that's part of the plaza which is pretty close to the stop.
  3. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    I'm guessing they have employees that would walk to Chinook station and take that the #9 westbound to the residential areas in the SW.
  4. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    I was just taking a look at the Bow River bridge webcam images from today. They installed a speed limit sign today for 80 kph. I wasn't expecting it to be that high actually. https://app.oxblue.com/open/cityofcalgary/bowriverbridge
  5. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Awesome, I saw a glimpse of the new sign going past the 61st Street stop today. Nice to have a closer look at it. Btw, anyone know where the stop for SB 1 St @ 7 Av SW {#3392) is going to be exactly? There's an existing shelter mid-block at Brookfield Place for existing routes and then there's a chunk of parking spots south of it. The stop placement in the app (and Google Maps) shows it right where the parking is but that was still a parking zone when I went by on Friday. It would be a tight squeeze for two artics (1 and MP) if the parking spots were not removed. The 10 and 411 look like they're still stopping there also.
  6. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    The ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday at the 33rd Street Station. https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgarys-max-transit-revving-up-for-monday-service
  7. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    Tomorrow marks the last day of service for the following routes since they don't run on weekends: 66, 125, 126, 136, 176, 181, 182 East leg of the 305 becomes the Max Purple and the 306 becomes Max Teal The last day for the rest of the routes will be Sunday. It's almost kind of sad to see some of them getting changed so much. Buses like the Circle Routes and all the feeder routes in East Calgary have been nearly untouched for as long as i've been taking transit here (15+ years).😥
  8. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Those shelters are definitely a tiny bit larger than the Max Purple ones. The Purple ones only fit a 2 seat bench. Also, where is the real-time info display?
  9. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Thanks! They definitely have their work cut out for them this time with all the routes affected.
  10. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Anyone know when they typically update the signs at bus stops when there is a route revision? Starting to see shelters and poles for stop signage go up along 17th Ave SE for the 87 and 155 but that's probably more due to the ongoing construction work there. I haven't seen anything done for existing stops. Do they usually do it a day or two before? There's a lot of stops to go through this time.
  11. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Since most of the MAX stations are named after the cross street, I think they went with "9th Avenue SE" to follow that pattern since the transitway will eventually cross 9th Ave someday when the extension to downtown happens. However, when nearly every other station name on the route is a "__ Street", it does stand out, especially since the route for the foreseeable future will be travelling along much of 9th Avenue. Even with the transitway extension, it's not really clear where a "9th Avenue SE" station is relative to 12th Street and 26th Street. If it were up to me, I would've gone with "16th Street SE" or maybe even "Blackfoot Trail" station.
  12. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    Transit55 now has block data for the new routes starting Nov 19. https://transit55.ca/calgary/block_explorer?id=307&date=2018-11-19 At the MAX info session I was at, they did mention that a lot of the new routes were quite conservative in their scheduling. But damn, Max Purple has some crazy long layovers on weekdays. It's possible that they really tightened the schedule and put all the slack time at the two ends but 13 minutes to kill at East Hills during peak seems kind of crazy. Weekends are 6 minutes at East Hills and only 1 minute at Brookfield. Probably why they went with 22 minute frequency weekday midday to get in some extra time at both ends.
  13. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    I just noticed that the schedules for Christmas Day 2018 are available online. There's some changes compared to previous years as a result of the new bus network. Included below are the mid-day frequencies. Route 1 (26 mins) Route 3 (18 mins) Route 8 (45 mins) *New; connections to two hospitals* Route 9 (40 mins) *New; replaces 72/73* Route 14 (45 mins) Route 38 (40 mins) *New; replaces 72/73* Route 43 (45 mins) *New; replaces 72/73* Route 100 (45 mins) Route 300 (30 mins) Route 301 (20 mins) Route 302 (30 mins) Red Line (15 mins) Blue Line (15 mins) MAX Purple/Orange/Teal (All 30 mins) *New* It's nice to see the inclusion of the MAX routes considering they're part of the primary rapid transit service now. Also, Route 20 is no longer a Christmas day service since MAX Teal and Route 9 cover that already.
  14. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Woah, that actually looks pretty slick when lit up! The shelter looks pretty nice too with the lighting. One other thing i've noticed is that the shelters for the MAX Purple stations actually seem slightly smaller compared to the Orange/Teal ones. I haven't had a super close look at them and it's more just eyeballing the metal frame but it seems to be about 3/4 the size. I could be wrong but if true, it'd be a bit disappointing considering the canopy and overall platform is much larger. On the bright side, MAX Purple (and Route 1) have the transitway and 5-7 minute combined peak frequency so having a large shelter isn't as important.
  15. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    17th Ave Transitway Update: All sections of the transitway have been paved and lines have been painted on most stretches along 17th Ave. Diamond markings are painted on the bus lanes at each intersection. The lights along the 3 new bridges have been installed and activated. Signals meant for bus traffic have all been signed as "TRANSIT SIGNAL". All left-turns and right-on-red turns across the transitway have been restricted at all intersections starting today. Bollards that display "MAX", the station name as well as "MP" and "1" identifying the routes using the station have been installed (they're actually white and dark blue instead of white and red like in the renderings). Still to-do: Landscaping in 17th Ave median Wrapping up work on the bridges as well as putting down asphalt for the adjacent pathway Station amenities (glass installation on the shelters and real-time info displays) With the signals activated, training should be able to start tomorrow if they wanted to. They definitely need clearer signage at some intersections (i.e. 19th and 26 St SE) though. Saw quite a few right-on-red's on the way home today despite the new signals being active.
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