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CMBC has a Twitter account!

I’m back! And here’s a little post to tide you over while I get my content sorted out for the week.

The communications department at the Coast Mountain Bus Company has launched a Twitter account: CMBCtransit.

They’re currently posting stuff about the April service changes that launch today, and also breaking items about service disruptions and other transit news. Follow them if you’re interested!


8 Comments

  • By ;-), April 20, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    Here’s the Blackberry RSS feed for this page.
    http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/31231442.rss

    I assume this is where we will see service disruptions in the future.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 20, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    Well, bus-related service updates will definitely be put there.

  • By daniel, April 20, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    i have a question: why wont cmbc put trolleys at joyce station so they can just serve the crown route and UBC? i mean it would be nice to see osme trollies there.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 20, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    Hey Daniel! It just so happens I’ve got the answer to this, as you asked about the #41 before. From a planner at CMBC:

    We do not presently use the trolleys on 41st, but may again in the future. At this time the majority of the trips go to UBC and therefore cannot be trolley service (no wire to UBC along Marine to UBC). The diesel buses give us significantly more flexibility to deal with
    capacity issues, and short turning of vehicles in the event of situations such as accidents, special events on campus (of which there
    are many) etc. This is particularly true on weekends, when there may be a bunch of small events on campus which cumulatively add up to
    large loads. On weekends, when other services to UBC are not running or running at a significantly reduced headway, it is imperative that we have this flexibility.

  • By 420, April 20, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

    I’m hearing newscasts that Howe is closed to all vehicles for the 420 celebrations. But nothing is showing up on the Twitter account. Talking to a transit operator, it’s showing up on their display panels. Why the Twitter account so quickly forgotton?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 20, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

    Not sure why it’s not on there. The alert you’ve mentioned is definitely on the Current Operating Conditions page though.

  • By Chris, April 21, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    I love how the summer service “improvements” actually mean less service on most Vancouver routes, including the 4, 9, 25, 28, 41, 43, 44, 49, 84, 99, 143, 144, 145, and 480. Luckily, I’ll be on my bike for most of the summer.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 21, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    Well, they are seasonal adjustments that help us match passenger flows around the region. You probably wouldn’t want us to send the fall volume of buses to UBC/SFU when the number of students going to campus drops significantly in the summer. Then those buses can be redeployed in other areas that will see higher summer volumes, like the PNE special service and others. Also, community shuttles to destinations like White Pine Beach start their summer service, which is great :)

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