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Construction on Avenida Ordóñez Lasso Advancing

The construction project for widening Ordóñez Lasso has been carrying on independently of the TranVia construction project, but both projects have made one big pain in the neck for getting through/around in Gringolandia.

There was a little positive news this week as Calle Los Cedros opens back up to two-way traffic and, closer to Supermaxi Las Americas, Calle Los Laureles is reversing directions back to its original cut-through from Ordóñez Lasso up to Tejar.

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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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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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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.

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
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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