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Summer bus service changes start today, June 25, 2012

Hey hey: as we noted last week, summer bus service changes start today, June 25, 2012!

Make sure you know all about the details:

If you have any questions about your particular trips, feel free to contact our Customer Information line at 604-953-3333.

And please do share this info with anyone who might be affected!


9 Comments

  • By Eric B, June 25, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I noticed over the weekend that the blog has been optimized for viewing on iPhone. Thanks for that!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 25, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Yes! Indeed we did: glad you’re enjoying the new view :)

  • By Stefan, June 26, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Hi, guys:

    A couple of weeks ago, someone pointed out that there were unformatted (or temporarily formatted) public timetable PDFs up, in place of the usual nicely formatted PDFs.

    It looks like they’re still up…was this an oversight? Or a budgetary matter?

    It’s been explained that actual print timetables are only updated once a year, but even so, until this June, it’s always been the practice to format the PDF timetables each quarter the same way that they’re formatted in the print timetables.

    For an example of an unformatted timetable that is still up today today, here’s the #9 (effective June 25th). You’ll notice that one row wraps over two pages, and there are blank pages as well:
    http://www.translink.ca/~/media/Route_Files/81/timetables/tt009.ashx

    For an example what they used to look like, here’s the previous version (from April) for the same route:
    http://www.translink.ca/~/media/Route_Files/78/timetables/tt009.ashx

  • By Stefan, June 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    To continue from my last comment, for the #9 timetable, pages 10-13, 26-28, and 39-40 are blank, and pages 5-9 wrap over to pages 14-18, pages 22-25 to 29-32, and pages 35-38 to 41-44.

    There was a spruced-up version posted for the #5, but it still looks like it was a stopgap solution:
    http://www.translink.ca/~/media/Route_Files/81/timetables/tt005.ashx

    I understand that there are only so many people available to work on so many more pressing things…and timetables are a non-revenue item in a day when everyone’s using dynamic bus time lookups and NextBus and whatnot…but it still doesn’t look that great.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 27, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Stefan, I passed your comment on to our customer information staff and they’re sorry for the delay, but they’re just running behind on the timetable formatting owing to a number of different projects underway right now (the June service changes, and an upgrade to our core trip planning and trip data software). So, just hang on! :)

  • By Eric B, June 27, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I don’t seem to find the improvements in the coordinating of the schedules of the 002 and 022 outside of peak hours. I blogged about it here: http://wp.me/aiwe Perhaps one of the planners can explain what has been done in the last year on these routes?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 27, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Eric: passing that along to the planning team. Stay tuned!

  • By Stefan, June 27, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Jhenifer:

    Thanks. Good to know they’re on it, and after all, there are only so many hours in a day, with other things on the go. It just seemed so odd, especially then TransLink seems to be paying so much attention to its visual messaging.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, July 5, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Eric: here’s the response from planning.

    When there are two or more services on the same corridor, our goal is to always blend the schedules to provide the best possible service for our customers. In the case of the #2 and #22, we are aware that there are still opportunities to improve the blending and our Scheduling department is in the process of pursuing them.

    Please note though that blending headways so that they’re even is not always an exact science, particularly when one service is transitioning from a higher frequency to a lower frequency. Nevertheless, we are always looking at ways to improve it.

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