I knew it had been a long time since I had a Cuenca Bus Atlas sales event in the park, but I was very surprised at the overwhelming turnout!
I knew when I set the date that I was getting low on our inventory of hard copies, but I’ve never sold more than 5 to 10 at these events, so I thought this time would be the same. “With it being Good Friday,” I thought, “some of the people I’m supposed to meet may not even show up.” Well, I was wrong.
As I walked out the door to go to the park, I went to grab all 10 of the atlases I had left from our entire run of 250. Some were spoken for per prior arrangements, but like I said, I’ve never sold more than 10 at a time; so as I packed my bag, I made a mental note to order a small batch on Monday.
Not only were people waiting for me when I arrived early, there was a steady stream of people arriving for about 45 minutes… and I was sold out in 30!
So my heartfelt apologies to all the folks who showed up after 4:45 and were disappointed to find no atlases available. Luckily, we were able to get most people signed up as members so they’ll have access to the individual maps which they’ll be able to print up and use in the meantime before more copies of the Cuenca Bus Atlas are available. The solution we came up with on the spot was, since normally if you purchase an atlas, the membership is 50% off, they purchased a membership at $10 and will get 50% off the price of a new atlas next week.
The Good News
The good news is that even after six months since the initial printing of the first edition of the Cuenca Bus Atlas, there have been very few major changes of bus routes. Because our maps show the entire route from end-to-end, there have only been small changes to routes due to construction detours. Some of them have been permanent, like the change of the 16 into El Centro from the north side, but most of the others have detoured buses a few blocks here and there, and those small changes have been temporary.
Since TranVia construction has advanced to 24/7 on Gran Colombia and Mariscal Lamar after three months of little progress, there have been some more semi-permanent changes to the líneas 22 and 50 westbound. They used to be able to be able to go down much of Lamar to Juan Montalvo to turn left and catch back up to their normal routes. Now, they have been forced up to Vega Muñoz along with the líneas 16, 28, 100. I’ll post those updated maps for members as soon as I can get them “ridden and rendered”.
Looking ahead, we are monitoring the construction of the TranVia and watching for any announcements about when it will be running with passengers and therefore changing the bus routes. We are guessing the bus routes that are being replaced by the TranVia will be altered to be more orbital to it. Perhaps they will act more as alimentadores or ‘feeders’ for the TranVia and thus become shorter and more neighborhood bound.
As soon as we find out for sure, we’ll be finalizing the 2nd edition of the Cuenca Bus Atlas and update CuencaBusSherpa.com. Until then, current members will have unlimited access and downloads of the individual maps and will get discounts on the new editions and on re-enrollment.
In the meantime, since we are coming up on the six-month mark since the publishing of the 1st edition, perhaps it is time to update it and publish edition 1.2. I’d like to be able to lower the cost by subsidizing the cost of the atlas to the users by selling some modest advertizing. The Cuenca Bus Atlas project has been always been personally underwritten and maintained, so all of the support from members and users of our atlas has been very positive and we are very grateful to everyone. We want to continue to grow and be a resource on how to successfully navigate the Cuenca bus system.
What do you think? Should we try to make the price of future Cuenca Bus Alas editions cheaper by selling advertising on or in between the route pages? Let me know by commenting below. We are always looking for ideas and proposals on how to proceed and develop the project, so please contact cuencabussherpa(at)gmail.com with your ideas!