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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.


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!

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.

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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!
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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.

An El Centro Divided… Podcast Episode 3

Cuenca Bus Sherpa Podcast episode 3 is out! I cover the big news and changes hitting El Centro this week.

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UPDATE 5/23/16: The map for the 27 was delayed, so although I mention that it has been changed to two linéas radiáles, I didn’t have the information to say what it is going to do. Here is the update announcement from the city:

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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!

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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.

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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.

The Layered Foundation of the TranVia Tracks

Several absorbing layers will be between the tracks and the surrounding ground.

As we’ve mentioned before, the big hype about vibration the TranVia would cause in El Centro was unfounded.

I spent some time watching the work progress in El Centro the other day and noted the way the track’s bed is put together.

If you take a walk up and down Gran Columbia and Mariscal Lamar, you can see every step of the work in progress, from the areas being torn up to the stretches of completed tracks. We’ve watched as they excavated a deep channel and replaced old water pipes, embedded orange electric conduits for future power lines in concrete, and then laid a concrete bed in which they put the foundation for the ties and tracks.

After the sub-bed has dried, they pour another layer of concrete in sections within the bed, and embed them with threaded receivers on top and other connectors for the sections on either side. Each of these sections have space between them but the connectors keep them from expanding or contracting too much. The threaded receivers in the top of the concrete sections are for large bolts that connect the individual ties to the concrete sections that are on top of the sub-bed on bottom.


The ties are pre-fab iron bars embedded into concrete blocks on either end. Each block also has a threaded receiver for the large bolts and as the ties are being connected to the rails, they are suspended above the concrete sections below by as much as four inches using the bolts. Most of the ties are suspended from the rails at this point, the bolted ties are spaced out from each other by more than eight feet.

After each section of rails are laid on ties suspended above the concrete that was on top of the sub-bed, another layer of cement is poured, filling in, under, and around each individual tie. This last layer of cement fills in everything leaving only the fasteners holding the rail to each tie.

The rails themselves are connected to the ties using fasteners made from a pliable material that will also absorb vibrations from passing trains.  tranvia construction

So in all, basically four layers of vibration-absorbing cement will be between the tracks and the ground surrounding them.

When it is all said and done, you’ll be able to sit on the ground within six feet of the tracks and you probably won’t feel the passing train.

Need proof? Here is a glass of water on the ground next to tracks laid using the same technique.


TranVia Vibration: An Over-Hyped Red Herring

One of the more virulent arguments against the project was that the TranVia vibration of passing trains would destroy Cuenca’s fragile El Centro.

The French company that is constructing the rails have taken extraordinary measures to control the TranVia vibration, and here is the visual proof of the design.

This video showing an example of the kind of tranvia vibration we have to look forward to in Cuenca was actually posted late last year, but I just found it while exploring some of the other videos about Cuenca buses and the TranVia project.  It shows a cup of water placed on the ground less than two meters from the tracks. A train just like the one that will be running in Cuenca rolls by and you can see the effect it has on the ground around it:


It may not sooth tempers about how long the construction is taking nor have less of an effect on the short-term bottom line; however, in the long run when we are walking down a street in El Centro and are taken surprise by a train passing by, we will all be thankful for the extra time that was taken to excavate the cavity for the bed of the train’s tracks. Other than the audio warning signals, don’t expect to feel the ground rumble to let you know a train is coming!

I’ve made no secret that I am a big supporter of the TranVia and think it will add a wonderful new dimension to life in Cuenca that we not only cannot imagine, one we cannot even begin to imagine.

Check out the other videos on the channel!

Surf on over to Gerardo Ayavaca‘s Youtube channel and see what it will look like to pilot one of Cuenca’s TranVia trains! I’m not sure who the individual is, whether he is a private advocate or actually an employee of the constructions company, but the few videos he has posted are very interesting!

Encroaching Construction on Lamar


TranVia construction is continuing up Mariscal Lamar, one of the former main bus streets. The image is too small to make out, but the green, red, and purple lines represent the 22, 28, and 50 respectively.

The 22, 28, and 50 will be re-routed along Vega Muñoz, which is already crowded with the 100 running its length as well as having the 8, 12, 16, and the 27 using it to cut through El Centro.

This is going to make for extra walking for everyone living north of Parque Calderón. Now, instead of four blocks, the main east-west corridor on the north side of El Centro is a full six blocks up from Parque Calderón. 

The east-west corridors for the south side of El Centro, for those of you scoring at home, is Presidente Córdova going west and Calle Larga or Juan Jaramillo going east.

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