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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.

Minor Detour of the 7, 10, & 26 because of Av. España and New Routes of Buses Leaving Terminal Terestre

As the title says, this is a post with two different subjects smashed into one. The detour effecting the bus lines 7, 10, and 26 is minor and not quite meriting its own post. So, to fill it out, I’ve added the maps showing the routes the inter-provincial buses will be taking in and out-of-town from the south and the west.

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So first of all, TranVia construction has closed the connecting part of Av. España and pushed the buses back over to Huayna Capac.

 

More interestingly, but less having to do with local buses, check out the new routes for buses leaving and arriving Cuenca.

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Instead of coming all the way to Las Americas, buses coming from Guayaquil will now cut through neighborhoods west of Feria Libre all the way up to the newly paved parts of Tejar; cut around to Las Americas via Las Pencas, and then join the old route across on Av. Heroes de Verdeloma.

That’s a lot of traffic for those people living along Las Pencas!

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Here is your bus to SuperMaxi Las Americas: Changes to the 3 and the 8

The Bad News: The 8 has been changed YET AGAIN in just a few weeks.
The Good News: The 8 is going past Supermaxi Las Americas the closest.

There was no word of this yesterday, but this morning, we got this update for the 3 and the 8 lines near Supermaxi.

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As you can see above, the 8 has now shifted northward, instead of turning off with every other bus in El Centro going south, the 8 now continues across on Vega Muñoz and cuts over to Las Americas the way the 16, 28, and 100 used to but no longer does.

There is a stop just before it turns right off of Las Americas called simply “Supermaxi” where you can now get off within a couple of blocks of the store rather than more than a half-dozen. After that, the 8 goes up De Las Pencas to catch up with its original route out Tejar.

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Returning from west, the 8 now continues up Tejar to the street just above Supermaxi where it joins back up with Las Americas to go the same the 16, 28, and 100 used to, which I mentioned before.

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Meanwhile, the 3 is now cutting across the Las Americas and Ordóñez Lasso construction zones by way of 3 de Noviembre westbound and 12 de Abril eastbound on the south side of Rio Tomebamba. Cm1vNvAW8AA5jxp.jpg large

 

So throw out the last maps in the other post for the 8 and add these!

MAJOR CHANGES as Las Americas in Front of Supermaxi is Closed

The latest change to hit and it is a DOOZY!

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Let’s start with the detours for the 16, the 28, and the 100s…. they NO LONGER go anywhere close to SuperMaxi Las Americas.

This is a very inconvenient change for a lot of people who go to Supermaxi Las Americas because there is no good way to get there anymore without having to walk several blocks.

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The northbound 16 now goes up Edwin Sacoto to 12 de Abril where it crosses over to the Otorongo bridge to join the rest of the buses using Miguel Velez, the only street on the west side of El Centro not closed yet. After rejoining Gaspar Sangurima, it returns to its newly changed route turning left on Toral, right on Pio Bravo, and rejoining Tarqui on its way north to San Pedro.

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Meanwhile, the southbound joins all the other buses cutting through El Centro on Miguel Heredia and going around the Redondel Otorongo.

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Look familiar? The southbound 100 takes the same path as the 16 to get to Las Americas.

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The northbound 100 is taking Remigio Crespo all the way over to Unidad Nacional before joining back up with the same route as the 16 all the way up to Gaspar Sangurima.

The 100 also has been changed on the others side of the airport were Av. España has been closed to traffic. Look for the details in another post.

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Now, it still takes the same path as the 16 and the 100, but turning back on its return trip on Remigio Crespo.

 

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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New TranVia Schedule Announced

Via El Tiempo 

On Friday, the mayor announced a new timetable of goals and a new completion date for the construction of the TranVia.

Appearing with representatives of the contractors doing the work, the mayor has designated MAY 15th 2017 as THE DAY when the TranVia will begin regular service. Mayor Cabrera hopes that the public announcement and pledge by the contractors will help guarantee their compliance to the new schedule of deadlines.

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So according to the new schedule, Gran Colombia between Las Americas and Huayna Capac will be completed, in its entirety by November 21st.

Next, the workshop depot and administrative building are to be completed by December 3rd.

After that, they want to have all the work in El Centro completed by December 31st, with the exception of Mariano Cueva and Gaspar Sangurima at the plaza de Mercado 9 de Octubre. The deadline for that area, including Lamar is a week later on January 8th, 2017.

Continuing into 2017, Las Americas, including the bridges over the Rios Tomebamba and Yanuncay is to be finished by January 24th. Actually, the bridges are set to be completed first, the Yanuncay should be completed by this July and the Tomebamba bridge will be done by November 4th.

Rounding the construction is Av. España, although they should have the new bridge over the Milchichig done by November, from Chola Cuencana all the way to the Puente Fabian Alarcon is to be completed by March 11th.

After the construction is completed, April 12th has been set as the start of the test runs of the entire route without passengers. Even though these dynamic tests will not be carrying passengers, they do want to be able to give special rides to local dignitaries and authorities during the city’s 12 de Abril founding celebrations.

After a full month of empty runs, the formal debut of the TranVia de los Cuatro Rios will be May 15th, 2017.

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Teresa Bermeo, a member of the TranVia oversight committee has promised to publicize any delays to the promised schedule.

Shall we start a betting pool on Cuencabussherpa.com?

Las Líneas 3 y 8 So se Modifican

I just heard back about the 3 and the 8 over on Av. Ordóñez Lasso…. there will be NO MODIFICATION of those routes.
 
The 13 and 50 have been routed around the construction on Las Americas, not necessarily around Av. Ordóñez Lasso, therefore the 3 and 8 will NOT be effected by the TranVia construction on Las Americas.

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:

https://issuu.com/felipeamoroso/docs/baterias_cambio_de_linea_de_buses_c/1

 

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.

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*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.