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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.

Looking Ahead: Updates and Hub Maps

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.

We are always watching the news for mentions of new developments in the plan, but if you see a local story about the buses or the TranVia, please send them to us. As soon as we find out about changes that are for sure, we’ll be finalizing the 2nd edition of the Cuenca Bus Atlas and update CuencaBusSherpa.com. Until then, current members will continue to have unlimited access and downloads of the individual maps and will get discounts on the new editions and on re-enrollment.

Coming Soon: Hub Maps

I’m working on some new maps for members to come out soon! Available only online, I’m making what I’m calling “hub maps.” The hub maps will show the busiest stops, that is, the ones that have the most bus lines passing by; and the most popular stops, that is, the ones most people ask about.

Puente Del Vado Hub Map Sample
CLICK ON MAP TO OPEN LARGER VERSION IN A NEW TAB–This is an example of a Hub Map of the “Puente Del Vado” stops.

This map shows the area where Av. Loja crosses Av. 12 de Abril known on the buses as the parada Puente del Vado. As you can see (when you open this tiny picture in a new tab to make it readable), there are actually four stops in the area all called “Puente del Vado.” And of course, different buses pass all four stops.

So the burden of creating these maps is to figure out how show you what buses pass which stop in a way that is both visually appealing and not cluttered with too much information.

On this map, the red line represents the 12, 17, & 18,which all happen to be going northbound, stopping at #004. Only the 12 going southbound is part of the pink line passing by the #003 on Av. 12 de Abril (eastbound side); the southbound 18 turns off onto Guyas to cut down to Remigio Crespo Toral, and the southbound 17 is part of the blue line. Also part of the pink line are the 2, 5, & 7 eastbounds AND the 22 WESTBOUND.

That’s right, take a look at the map for Route 22, the eastbound goes west on Av. 12 de Abril while the westbound goes east past Puente del Vado! 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the river, no less than nine different buses pass by on the orange line. Most of them are eastbounds or northbounds, but then there is the southbound 14 that passes through El Centro on its way to Del Valle.

It’s enough to make your head hurt and I haven’t worked out the kinks to the point where my perfectionist self is happy yet, so if you have some suggestions for the Hub Maps, I’m open to them.

Updates, Ideas, and the Future of CBS

Wow! We are at the six-month mark since the publishing of the 1st edition! We get new requests for hard copies of the atlas all the time, so since we sold out of all of the last of our hard copies a few weeks ago, we went ahead and published edition 1.2.

The main change I added was the 16’s change through El Centro. I really expected that one to change back, but no, it seems like it’s going to be permanent.  Heads Up:It hasn’t happened yet, but soon, the TranVia construction is going to close Gran Colombia between Montalvo y Tarqui, and at that point, the 16 will probably skip the Colegio San Francisco stop on Tarqui altogether. Anyway, I’m also in the process of re-riding the routes from beginning to end, so once I have more small updates accumulated, I’ll print additional sub-editions.

When it comes to after all the dust settles and we have a functioning TranVia and new bus routes and we are about to publish the 2nd Edition of the atlas, I want to be able to lower the cost by subsidizing the cost of the atlas to the users by selling some modest advertising.

Our long-term goal is to continue to grow and be a resource on how to successfully navigate the Cuenca bus system. Even after the city publishes and distributes free maps, our objective remains to provide the most comprehensive maps available. The Cuenca Bus Atlas project has always been personally underwritten and maintained, so all of the support, both financial and moral, from members and users of our atlas has been very positive and we are very grateful to everyone for buying our products and making donations.

Speaking of donations, I’d like to make a special mention of our newest member living in Japan, Eric C. who just sent a very kind donation via paypal with a note about how much he appreciated the work and wanted to support “just an amazing project.” Eric hasn’t made it to Cuenca yet, so his support means a lot and I just wanted to make sure to say, Thank you Eric!

 FEEDBACK Please!

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? Please let me know by commenting below.

We are always looking for ideas and proposals on how to proceed and develop the project, and as I mentioned above, if you have any thoughts on how to display the new Hub maps, please contact cuencabussherpa(at)gmail.com with your ideas!

Thanks again – see you on the bus!

Last Copies of Cuenca Bus Atlas Sold Out Friday!

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. Larmar is shut down to bus trafficThey 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

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!

Membership Discount If You Already Bought Atlas

Many people have bought our atlas but may not be aware of the members’ section on www.CuencaBusSherpa.com or that they can get a discount on the cost of membership!

Our member’s section grants access to printable, individual PDF files for each map and which is where I’m posting the updates to the routes. We’ll also have special offers, surprises, and even includes a special price on future editions of our comprehensive bus system atlases.

Normally, membership is $10, but if you’ve already bought a hardcopy, it is only $5 for the membership. I’ve set up a special coupon code for people, who already have a book but not a membership, to use.

All you have to do is open this link: http://cuencabussherpa.com/product/membership-to-cuencabussherpa-com/

  • add the membership to the cart
  • when the page reloads, click on ‘view cart’
  • when your cart opens, it will show the membership as $10, but look under the product list for the place to enter a discount code
    • TO FIND YOUR CODE: Open your copy of the atlas to Línea 17 Norte 1 de 2 and look up the name of the stop numbered 08–The discount code is the name of the stop
      • To check if you have the correct name, it is the same name as stops 03 (on the same page), 53, and 58 on Línea 17 Sur 2 de 2
  • Enter the name of that stop into the space for the discount code
  • when the page reloads, look for: ” Coupon code applied successfully”
  • Your final price will be adjusted to $5

You may pay with Paypal or make an appointment  and I will come to you to pick up $5 cash at your convenience. Once the payment is confirmed, I will set up your account and you can access all the PDFs and print up the ones that are most important to you.

Website Store is Up!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve uploaded the digital products and created a store that features all of the products we have so far. Customers can pay using Paypal, bitcoin, or cash-on-delivery (only for people IN Cuenca).

I’ve tested out most everything and it seems to be working okay, but there may be some bugs to work out yet, so please be patient if you order something.

Cuenca Bus System Atlas (Hard Copy)

Cuenca Bus System Atlas (PDF download)

Bus Route DATA in KML or GPX – Import these files to your Google Maps account or your favorite GPS device/app.

Also, new memberships to the website are now being sold through the store. You don’t have to be a member to purchase items from the store, but if you buy an atlas, either PDF or hard copy, then use the coupon code “bundlr” and membership is only $5.

Please help us out by referring your friends directly to our website!