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