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  1. Real time bus tracking for Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, and Saskatoon Features: live map with current bus positions updated every 30 to 60 seconds view full trip and block schedules look up and search for buses by route, model, or fleet number view bus/block history - routes/buses recently seen integrated route detour/info notices (Calgary only) fully mobile friendly Go check it out: https://transit55.ca/ I've been working on this project for the longest while and I'm quite excited to finally be sharing it. Feel free to let me know about any thoughts or questions you have, or any issues you run into! A huge thank you to A. Wong for getting the initial version off the ground and all the technical help and feedback along the way. Also a big thanks to everyone who tested the site and gave feedback!
  2. It's exciting to be looking at the routing for the North Crosstown BRT, something that's been definitely needed to provide better E-W connections along 16th Avenue. I think this route would provide a frequent link between a couple of hospitals (major employment centres), help with the development in University District in west campus, and also spur some development for more high density developments along 16th Avenue. Only issues I see with the route is the lack of separated lanes or traffic priority at major intersections such as Centre Street, Edmonton Trail and 19th Street NE which hurts reliability and travel times. Currently, Eastbound 16th between 10th and Edmonton Trail is horrible for congestion during the PM rush, and this doesn't look like it would have any priority in this stretch of road. A problem with BRT branding and subsequent appeal is the lack of time savings over a conventional bus route, so I am not too sure if this would be successful in shifting over current passengers from the current routes (One of the issues with the 306 for example which had to be massively scaled back due to low ridership). More information from the City of Calgary here: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/North-Crosstown-Bus-Rapid-Transit-(BRT).aspx
  3. So this is an annual event in Calgary that takes place between Christmas and New Years. As indicated in the title it is a hockey tournament that involves 30 to 40 different teams. Of course with hockey comes lots of coaches! Some teams do not have their own coaches so the pictures of "National" units are coaches that shuttle around teams that did not arrive in Calgary with their own chartered bus. So here are some buses from day 1, Dec. 26, 2012 Bi-West Translines (Camrose, AB) MCI J4500 #750 Brandon Bus Lines (Brandon, MB) Prevost H3-45 #914. In 2010 and 2011 this company sent out #915, nice to see a change this year. Charlies Charters (Tisdale, SK) MCI 102EL3 #200, this one showed up in 2011 as well. Maxies Bus Lines (Saskatoon, SK) MCI D4500 #152 National Motor Coach (Calgary, AB) Prevost H3-45 #162 National Motor Coach (Calgary, AB) MCI D4505 (earlier model) #214 Prairie Bus Lines (PWT- Red Deer, AB) MCI D4505 #3001 Prince Albert Northern (Prince Albert, SK) MCI J4500 #162 and #163 Ventures West Charters (Battleford,SK) Prevost H3-45 #976, this is an ex-Autocar Preference coach. Ventures West has a few used coaches it appears, including ex-GLC #924, Sun West #115 and I think a former Dallas Coach H3-45. See their website http://www.ventureswestcharters.ca/fleet.html
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