Hello everyone! You may have noticed that there has been little to no activity on this website in several months or you may be one of dozens of people sending emails that have gone unanswered. Well, first of all, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and patience as we get things back together.
Basically and without going into details, access to CuencaBusSherpa.com’s administration sections, databases, and email has been impossible. There are several reasons for this, but there is no one to blame and please understand that it was unavoidable. We are still working on the problems, but here we are.
The good news is, access to the administration sections by the administrator, ME, has been regained and I’ll soon get everything back in order. There are several orders that had been placed and many, many emails from the last several months that are currently filling my inbox as I write this. Please know that all of your emails (except for the angry ones) will be answered soon and all of the back orders will be filled.
Bus Line Map Updates, TranVia News, Fares, etc.
The short answer is, at the moment, there are no updates to post; although, that is not say there have not been changes to a lot of bus lines in the last six months. There is a solution! Check out the Moovit App for maps to most of the Cuenca bus lines and stops. The app has a lot of crowd-sourced features so you can contribute pictures and information about your stops and help complete the entire bus system’s maps.
About the TranVia…. well…. obviously they missed their deadline last May. As I’ve said many times to CBS members and customers who bought our Atlas, our plan was to put out a 2nd Edition after the TranVia was completed. Well, that’s obviously an indefinite proposition right now, so what happens with the future CuencaBusSherpa is still as indefinite as the mercurial ‘end’ of construction. More on that later.
There’s been other news involving the local bus system, but the latest and long anticipated bit of news dropped in the last couple of days. After years of debates and deliberation, it looks like the new bus fare will be $0.30. Actually, the fair will be $0.31, but the city will be subsidizing the extra penny. Of course, there is still a desire on the city’s part to have all riders use cards and phase out the coin boxes altogether, but there are still problems that arise from that (like enabling tourists and one-time riders easy access) and, let’s face it, there is little doubt that the possibility for pilfering and graft is pretty high when large boxes of coins are concerned. Although that is a goal, from what I understand, only about 20% of all users are using cards, so there is still a long way to go. Personally, I still like the idea of an integrated card that can be used to receive payments as well as paying for bus fare as well as buying milk and bread at tiendas.