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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.


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.

Troncal 100



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



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!
working on the site

Collection of Map Updates from the City of Cuenca

The updates have been published to issuu.com; they aren’t complete, just an inset of the individual routes’ changes in El Centro, but it should help you update your atlas with a highlighter!

If this frame is too small to see, try making it full-screen or use this direct link:



HUGE CHANGE ANNOUNCED: Linéas 24 y 27 are now “Radiales”

This may be the biggest change to the Cuenca bus system since they removed the Troncal 200 and Alimentadores 103, 104, 202, and 203.

As I wrote about in a recent post, and talked about in the last Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast, the city has dropped the biggest list of changes to hit the city in about two years. Of course, the changes are due to advancing fronts of the TranVia construction in El Centro.

Most of the buses have been routed around the huge zone of closed intersections, causing a lot of inconvienence for those of us who used Juan Montalvo y Tarqui to get in and out of El Centro.
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Two bus lines are not just re-routed, they’ve been cut in half and split into two!

That’s right. The 24 and the 27 have both been split into two separate “Radial” lines. Instead of long routs going from one side of the province, through El Centro, to the other side of the province, their will now be norte* y sur* to take into account.

Linéa 24 – Miraflores to Cochapamba

The 24 was a very long route, usually taking over an hour to go between the villages of Miraflora and Cochapamba by way of El Centro. Now there will be a Linéa 24 Radial Norte that will go from the area north of Plaza Rotary up to the village of Miraflores; meanwhile, on the south side of El Centro, the 24 Radial Sur will come into El Centro past Todo Santos as far as Presidente Cordova before doubling back and returning on its outbound trip to Cochapamba.

Linéa 27 – Zhuizil to Sinincay

The 27 was another very long route going from the cemetary outside of Baños all the way up to Sinincay, north of the city. Just like the 24, there will now be Radiales Norte y Sur. The city has issued a map showing its new starting points in El Centro.

Of all weeks to take a new job!

I’ve already got a huge workload ahead of me this week altering and posting new maps because of these changes, I’ve just started a new transcription job and will have little time away from the computer this week. I probably won’t be riding as many buses in the next few days, so please keep me informed of the changes you see and how they are affecting your routines.

Be sure to keep up with changes by subscribing to our blog or our podcast.



*Cuencanos don’t use cardinal directions or know the city by which is the “north side” etc… I had to choose directions to describe each route in my atlas, so I use them often.

Whew…. The biggest batch of changes yet!

Folks…. it is going to be a tough week getting in or out of El Centro by bus. We have no less than 11 bus lines that are changing!

Well, the moment has finally come. The TranVia construction in El Centro has reached the point of shutting down the major north-south corridors’ intersections, so ALL of the bus routes that take them have been altered significantly.

The major change that is going to affect us is that Juan Montalvo and Tarqui will NO LONGER HAVE ANY BUSES!

That’s right. Beyond the 16, all the rest, the 8, 12, 18, 20, and the 25 have all been diverted at Vega Muñoz, over to Miguel Heredia going south and going north, over to Miguel Vélez or Estévez de Toral. Meanwhile, on the east side of El Centro, Tomas Ordóñez and Vargas Machuca have been disrupted, so that affects the 10, 19, and 24 on their north-south routes.

Well, I have entire pageful of changes here, so rather than type out each change, take a look at an image of the changes issued by EMOV this morning; first of all, here is all the closed intersections:


The city has published some updates with a few maps:

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This is all I’ve found so far; regardless, I have a lot of work ahead of me this week making these changes to the individual maps. In order to speed up the process, I’ll work at getting images of the changes posted first. I can do that a lot faster than changing and rendering each PDF.

The main reason why we published our atlas on regular paper instead of glossy was so when these inevitable changes came to pass, users could easily highlight the new route in their books. Website members have the advantage of receiving the map updates, and the ability to print out single pages.

Remember, these changes are probably not permanent! They may last through August or even November, or they may return to their original routes once the tracks are finished at the intersections along Gran Colombia and Mariscal Lamar.

Check out the Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting with recording a podcast to feature the latest changes and news. With all of these changes, this week’s episode is going to be pretty long. So get your atlases and your highlighters out, and I’ll read off each change line by line so you can update your books!

 Click here to visit the Podcast page 


Click here to subscribe in iTunes

(try pasting the above link into iTunes or your favorite podcast player or RSS feed)

New Page under Latest News

I’ve added a new page featuring tweets from several of the local agencies and individuals involved with Cuenca’s public transportation.

Not all of the tweets are strictly about buses and the TranVia, but you’ll be able to find many, many tweets featuring bus route changes and updates about the construction.

You can find the new page on the menu at the top of the page as a sub-item under “Latest News.”

Boy, do I have a lot of changes to tell you about! I’m working on a post about today’s announcement of changes to 11 bus lines in El Centro.


New Part of Ordóñez Lasso and 4 El Centro Intersections are Closed

Starting May 16th, new stretches of Av. Ordóñez Lasso and four intersections in El Centro are closed to traffic.

Adding more madness to getting across town, the construction zone on Av. Ordóñez Lasso is advancing on Av. Las Americas; meanwhile, four major intersections in El Centro are closed while they install TranVia Tracks.

via 2 stories on El Tiempo

If you live off of Av. Ordóñez Lasso between Calles Pinos y Jacaranda, your life is about to get more complicated.

The widening project that started further west has worked its way eastbound and will now be effecting the busier sections.

The intersections of Gran Colombia and Lamar where they cross with Benigno Malo and Luis Cordero are going to be closed for the next three weeks.

The new manager of the TranVia project has announced, in response to missing an important deadline last week, that four major intersections will be closed for at least three weeks while they intensify efforts to complete the El Centro section of the TranVia construction by August or September.

Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast

Hey everyone, here’s an experiment:

I recorded this on the 4th and decided to put it out before the info gets too stale.

Let me know what you think about the new podcast, but be kind, it is the first and a bit ‘rough.’

Here it is as a soundcloud…  you can stream from this page or you may download it and listen on a device later.

Or you may click on this little icon and subscribe to get it on iTunes:

itunes podcast feed

This may not work yet–It may take a couple of days to be listed in the iTunes library. You can also copy and paste this link in your podcast software:  http://cuencabussherpa.com/podcast

New Feria Libre Stop

A new parada with a sign has been placed on northbound Las Americas, just between  Av. Remigio Crespo Toral and Calle Del Batan.

This will really help users who want to go to Feria Libre, because now they don’t have to get off at the new parada Tomebamba, and walk all the way back.

I've labeled the new stops "Parada temporal de..."
I’ve labeled the new stops “Parada temporal de…”

TranVia construction is still making the area pretty rough to pass through, but the latest announcement is that work will be going to 24 hours a day starting in March.

The first batch of the Bus Atlases has arrived!

These are the bus maps you’ve been looking for! Cuenca Bus Sherpa is proud to announce the release of its first Cuenca bus system atlas, the most comprehensive and up-to-date maps available! 28 city bus lines, end to end, with every bus stop named and marked by GPS. This atlas includes 2 system maps, 28 route maps, and over 100 detailed maps of each individual route – printed and spiral bound for the low price of $10. We hope that this information will help you explore the beautiful city of Cuenca with ease and confidence!

TODAY (Thursday)! We’ll be at Parque Calderon, in the northwest corner near the gazebo and fountain, from 10am-1pm with the first copies fresh off the printing presses. $10 cash, or you can reserve your copy by sending $10 via PayPal to CuencaBusSherpa@gmail.com or visiting THIS LINK and bringing your printed receipt.

TOMORROW (Friday): We’re planning to be in Parque San Sebastian from 10am-1pm (and we might be tempted to have a tasty lunch at San Sebas Café afterwards!)

Hope to see you there!

The Master is at the Printers!

Just a quick update for everyone.

Thank you very much for the pre-orders and the early interest in Cuenca Bus Sherpa! The master copy of the Atlas is with the printers so we are less than 48 hours till they’ll be available. Exciting! Now, heads up, this entire project has been self-financed, so we’re doing a limited first run for the printed copy; meaning, we are going to have 100 available for purchase this week. If all goes well and we sell out, we’ll turn right around and do another run next week.

I am still working on uploading maps and other data to the website, so all of you who have already paid your membership, please be patient until all the sections are activated. I have a few appointments this morning, so I’ll get back to working on it this afternoon. To reward everyone who has already supported us, we’ll have some nice bonuses coming your way!

So we’re almost there! As soon as I have the physical copies in my hands, I will announce a time and location where I’ll be with them so you can come get yours.

Thanks again!