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  1. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    MAX is launching on November 19! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-transit-brt-max-opening-1.4836768?cmp=rss
  2. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Nice to see that stops are being added in the backend. If you type in the right keywords in the online "Next Ride" feature, you'll notice that most of the stations for the two crosstowns are in as well. Also added is the new East Hills terminal (2298) as well as new stops along 68 Street for the new Route 68 (Saddletowne - East Hills). Here's some shots of the WB 52nd Street Station from the intersection camera. It's probably the furthest one along. If you look carefully, you'll notice there's an extra section/lane of red concrete. It looks like they've modified the design a bit from the original plans to allow the Route 1 to slip out of the median directly into the left turn lane to turn onto NB 52nd Street. The BRT will continue straight through using it's dedicated signal. The slip lane looks like it's long enough to fit an artic so even if the turn lane gets backed up, the 1 should have enough space to pull over without blocking the BRT.
  3. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Does anyone know how many of the articulated buses are currently used during rush hour? Between the 1, 3 and 301, there's about ~33 of them in service right now during mid-day at about 1pm. During rush hour, that number jumps up with the various express and school runs. I wonder if the new MAX routes will use artics and if so, do we even have enough of them to go around? All the renderings and promotional videos released thus far regarding the BRT service always show artics being used.
  4. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    The south side of the intersection at 17 Ave SE and 19 St was reconstructed over the weekend. Here's a good view of the intersection from the nearby traffic camera this morning. I thought they were only going to use the red concrete at the stations so it's nice to see it being used at a major intersection. I bet 26 St and maybe even 28 St get a similar treatment.
  5. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    The last section of regular traffic lanes on 17 Ave SE was moved into its final alignment this past weekend. The median is now completely clear for them to work on between Hubalta Road and 30 St SE. Work has now started on every single one of the stations along the transitway. Construction looks to be moving along at a good pace. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the next few months so we're able to make the November launch. Noticed some folks on Reddit and Twitter were wondering why the big network overhaul wasn't ready for the Fall Service Changes.
  6. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    Fall Service Changes have been posted: https://www.calgarytransit.com/news/fall-service-changes Nothing too exciting as far as route changes. Not too surprising considering the massive network overhaul which is expected to happen in November with the launch of MAX. A few deep SE routes (14, 302, 406, 468) modified to serve Joane Cardinal - Schubert High School. #59 extended to Savannah and renamed as such.
  7. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Technically, a few regular (non MAX) bus routes will already be making use of the MAX related infrastructure: Curbside stations for the MAX routes will be shared with regular routes. Regular buses will also be able to take advantage of various queue jumps (e.g. #19 along 16th Ave, #23 along 52nd St NE) as well as the shoulder lanes along Glenmore (e.g. #20). For the SE Transitway, the #1 will shift from serving all curbside stops along 17 Ave to only stopping at the MAX stations to make use of the dedicated lanes and bridges.
  8. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    With all the investment into rebranding the new routes as MAX, I would imagine that these style of shelters will be used exclusively for MAX stops/stations only. It makes sense for people to see the unique shelter and immediately identify it as a MAX stop versus just a regular bus stop. The one complaint I have is that unlike the two Crosstown routes, the 17 Ave SE BRT isn't getting MAX style stations for all its stops (at least not at launch). The new stations are currently only being built between the Blackfoot Truckstop and 52 St. That means the various downtown stops, East Village (6 St), Inglewood (12 St), 61 St, 70 St and East Hills stops will just be a regular bus stop without all the MAX enhancements like real-time info and heated shelter. That's really disappointing considering it's the one new route getting the largest amount of dedicated lanes. I can also understand why it's being done this way. For example, the 61 St and 70 St stops will just be curbside service at launch. If they built the stations now, they would have to be torn up someday when the transitway is extended further east. Likewise, the transitway will be extended south of the Truckstop to run parallel to the future Green line meaning an Inglewood station on 9th Ave would also have to be torn up someday. That being said, both extensions are likely not going to built for a long time. So in the short-term, we're stuck with a MAX route will half of its stops not having the benefits and branding of the rest of the MAX system.
  9. Transit Fan

    Calgary Transit

    If the underground and elevated stations are anything like Westbrook and Sunalta stations, i'd be pretty happy with that. Since the platforms won't need to be as high, I suspect the ground level stations will probably be a bit more simpler looking compared to our existing ones. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up seeing something similar to the new MAX Purple or SW BRT stations along the 14 St Transitway albeit with a longer and wider platform and some additional shelters.
  10. Transit Fan

    General Route Discussion and History

    I wonder how well used a route from say Sandstone or 78 Ave to MRU via Lions Park and 14 St would be. A mix of 89 and 414 but also extended south to MRU. Also worth pointing out that the upcoming extension of the 90 to Foothills and UofC should provide some additional east-west connectivity for the Beltline area. Although I must admit I'm not a fan of the big one way circular route they decided to use.
  11. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    None that i've taken unfortunately, but the city does have webcams overlooking the bridge structures: https://app.oxblue.com/open/cityofcalgary/bowriverbridge https://app.oxblue.com/open/cityofcalgary/deerfoottrail Not really missing out on too much currently. Most of the work so far has been on either the bridges or the roads and sidewalks on either side of the transitway which runs in the median. With some of that work starting to wrap up, we're only now starting to see work being done on the median and the stations. If you don't mind really blurry and pixelated intersection cameras, here's two snapshots overlooking 26 ST and 52 ST station areas:
  12. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    MAX Purple Progress Update: Red concrete for the 19, 26 and 33 ST stations has been poured. A portion of the transitway parallel to Blackfoot Tr has also been paved. Work is ongoing on all three bridges. A section of transitway has been paved west of the Deerfoot bridge. 33, 36, 44 and 52 ST stations are all being worked on along the avenue. Westbound 33 ST will probably be the first to be completed. Set of traffic lights have been installed at 31 and 33 St intersections. The dedicated bus signals appear to display a vertical white bar (when green) and double red's. They're still kind of covered up so there might be others, i've only seen it display those two. Median is finished from 30 St to 35 St and has just started between 47 St and Hubalta Road. Work is ongoing on the south side of the avenue between 37 St and 47 St. Once this is done, the regular road lanes will be in their final alignment along the whole avenue. Concrete is being poured at the EB 70 ST SE stop (it won't be a station but it's better than the patch of dirt that was there before)
  13. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    Here is a clearer version of the LRT/MAX system map tweeted out by Councillor Shane Keating.
  14. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    From an advertising perspective, I'm not entirely sure I see the value in having just a single bus wrapped in each of the three colours. Perhaps it'd work if they selectively assign the buses to the right routes (Orange on the 19, Purple on the 1/305, Teal on the 306). Or perhaps they could park the buses at some of the major stations or destinations (Brentwood, Saddletowne, Foothills, Westbrook, East Hills, Heritage, etc.) prior to the launch of the service and provide information sessions. Thinking along the lines of what they had for the RouteAhead bus a few years back.
  15. Transit Fan

    General BRT discussion

    One of the images from this Global News page seems to indicate that the destination signs would likely display "MAX ORANGE/TEAL/PURPLE". The image also mentions the inclusion of a card that would be changed daily on the lower bottom corner of the windshield. Not sure why we would need that...
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