Category Archives: Updates

Intersections Re-Opening in El Centro has many Bus Routes RETURNING TO NORMAL!

The intersection at Calle Tarqui and Gran Colombia is ready to open today!

This changes the bus lines: 12, 16, 18, 20, 25, 27, and the 28 from their detoured route further west on Miguel Velez BACK to Tarqui.


The buses should be stopping at their original stops along Tarqui and there should be new signs back in place.

On the other side of El Centro, construction at the intersection of Gapar Sangurima and Vargas Machuca will alter the routes of the 19 and the 24 lines.

Changes have changed and changed back in some cases!

I have been neglecting my duties over the last couple of weeks mainly because of being overwhelmed by all the changes that have come down. Not only new changes, but some of the lines have actually changed back to how they were running before El Centro was split in half.

Now, TranVia construction has progressed to the Redondel de Las Americas where it is running into the detours cause by the construction on Ordoñez Lasso and the changes to the 3, 8, 13, and the 50 have now been changed since Del Batan and General Escandon at Las Americas  is now torn up.

Here are pictures of the new traffic jams on 3 de Noviembre under the bridge on the NORTH side of the Rio Tomebamba.
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Photos Courtesy of Paul Laguna

Rather than bogging down this post with all the details and maps we have from the city, I’ll be making separate posts throughout the day.

Thanks for reading and using Cuenca Bus Sherpa!

 

Cold Weather Brings More Bus Route Changes

Not that the cold has made them close roads, but both seem to be happening without warning and for longer.

No sooner had I updated 20 different routes’ maps (yes, I’m still trying to finish all the uploads of the new PDFs), the city updates the schedule and closes new areas of the TranVia route and alters some of the same bus lines I just finished updating!

Hey, no hard feelings… ’tis the season. These latest major changes have been a headache for me, but there isn’t much more of it left to tear up!

This week, the last area to to be torn up, the area of Avenida España past the Redondel de Milchichig to Avenida de las Américas, has been completely closed off to traffic.

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According to the new schedule, this work will conclude and the street will re-open March 11th, 2017.

As such, the bus lines that were still utilizing the bit of road are all detoured.

Here are images of the changes provided by the city.

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Líneas 7 and 10 will both be taking the same route on their northbound trips.

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Meanwhile, Línea 20 has been cut from its leg to Ciudad Kennedy and parada Hormiazuay.

Turning around at the Redondel de Milchichig, the 20 now loses seven stops on the east end of its normal route. That leaves only the 28 serving the Ciudad Kennedy area.ClKna9zWEAE3Rvx

Be sure to plan your travels through this area accordingly!

Like I said, although this means more work and more time before I can have the website updated and even longer before I’ll have new print copies with the changes available. Bear with me folks! I’m doing my best!
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005 — Looking back on the Past to Appreciate Today’s Changes

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Today, I’m going to be talking about Cuenca’s past and reading an article about Cuenca’s bus system that appeared in the newsletter called “Sustainable Tranport” published by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy in the Fall of 2001. That was when the city took control of the local bus system and turned it from an unregulated mess of over 600 privately owned buses to the current system of routes regulated by the city and leased by a half dozen of private coopertivas.

We also have some news from the week to cover, including the latest updates with the TranVia schedule as well as more construction on the West side a block away from the Ordonez Lasso widening project. Those stories and more coming up on the Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast.

This week’s news sources:
http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/185258-ciudadano-fallece-arrollado-por-un-bus/
http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/185261-seis-proyectos-cambiara-n-la-cara-del-centro-hista-rico/
http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/185213-obras-del-tranva-a-se-entregara-en-mayo-del-2017/
http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/185264-obras-del-tranva-a-se-extienden-hasta-mayo/
http://www.eltiempo.com.ec/noticias-cuenca/184952-avenida-orda-a-ez-lasso-se-entregara-en-octubre/

Plus a feature from “Sustainable Transport” #12 2001

Changes to the 13 and the 50
Source: Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast

Upcoming Change to the 50 west of Las Americas

Just like the 13, the 50 will also be detoured around the construction on Ordóñez Lasso and Camino Del Tejar starting on June 14th.

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I didn’t get a ‘return route’ map for the 13, but it may also be detoured onto the same roads coming back.

Upcoming Change to the 13 WESTBOUND to TEJAR

Even though Ordóñez Lasso is currently under construction, crews have started paving Camino Del Tejar, one block away!

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Heads up! Starting next Tuesday, June 14th, the 13 to Tejar (NOT the one that goes to Mall Del Rio) will be detoured around on the south side of Rio Tomebamba all the way out to De Los Cerezos, where it will then cross over the construction zone and rejoin its regular route.

No word yet about the 8 and the 3 and whether or not they will be detoured as well. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out!

New PDFs uploaded

I’m in the last phase of rendering and uploading the new maps for the routes changed by the construction in El Centro. 

Extra time was needed to update the base maps as well as the route trail, but you will notice that I didn’t update the stop names. The new maps show the detoured routes, but I left the numbered locations of the original stops in place for now. EMOV personnel have been installing new parada signs along Velez and Heredia, the streets on the west side of El Centro that are the new detour routes.

I’ve gotten three of the twelve routes published as PDF and uploaded to the side tabs for members, so far. I’m still working at finishing the rest and uploading them today.

Things have been pretty quiet on the site while I’ve been working on these maps, but I’ve been putting all the daily news stuff into my new podcasts.

Notes on Updates

 We aren’t just updating our bus route maps, we are also updating the OpenStreetMaps  project with the TranVia . The OpenStreetMaps projects provides all the base cartography for the Cuenca Bus Sherpa Atlas. 

This is a good news/bad news situation… the good news as, as you can see below, I’ve added the TranVia tracks to Gran Colombia and Mariscal Lamar to the base maps which we use for our route maps.

The bad news is, I am going to have to go back and re-image each of the PNG files I’ve been uploading over the last few days. After the city allowed the TranVia construction to split El Centro into north and south, they also re-routed numerous routes to the last passable intersections. They expect these re-routes to be in effect until August at the earliest, but more realistically, until November.

Even though this is extra time and effort, adding the tracks now will save me having to re-image ALL of my routes later when the TranVia is close to being in operation.

I apologize for the extra time this is going to take in updating the members’ files on the website, but this project has always about providing the most accurate and comprehensive maps. Users of my maps let me know all the time that they appreciate my work and my eye for details. The sacrifice for that eye is the extra time to make sure the maps are as updated as they can.

Thanks again for your continued support! I’m parked at my desk clicking away at fixing and updating the files, Thanks for your patience while I make all the updates and changes.

CK

 

New Route 24 Images: North and South Radiales

Note to members: I’m making these updates available to you first, but the PDFs will be updated in a few days. When I’ve updated the PDFs, then I’ll make this visible to the public.

The 24 has been split into to two radiales, so now there are two different Linéas 24, one going from El Centro north and the other goes from El Centro south.

I will soon list these as “Linéa 24 Radial Norte” or “Linéa 24 Radial Sur” on the left menu.

Click on photos for full-sized versions

24 – Radial Norte

 

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Route 24 — Radial Norte
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Line 24 – Radial Norte NORTH
RADIAL 24 NORTE South
Line 24 — Radial Norte SOUTH

24 Radial Sur

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Route 24 — Radial Sur

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Line 24 Radial Sur SOUTH 2 of 2
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Line 24 – Radial Sur NORTH 1 of 2

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Line 24 – Radial Sur NORTH 2 of 2

New Images of Route 19

Note to members: I’m making these updates available to you first, but the PDFs will be updated in a few days. When I’ve updated the PDFs, then I’ll make this visible to the public.

Click on photos for full-sized versions

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Line 19 WEST 1 of 2
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Line 19 WEST 2 of 2