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Old Posted Apr 9, 2018, 11:50 PM
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Norwegian is starting the flights to Paris today, the first one shall be taking off in a couple of minutes. DBJ also reports that:

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A company executive who recently visited Denver confirmed that the low-cost airline already is examining whether Denver could support a flight to Barcelona, Madrid or Rome.
Which would be really nice... We need way more connections to Europe. SAS to somewhere in Scandinavia and Austrian to Vienna would be nice.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2018, 6:42 PM
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Norwegian is starting the flights to Paris today, the first one shall be taking off in a couple of minutes. DBJ also reports that:

Which would be really nice... We need way more connections to Europe. SAS to somewhere in Scandinavia and Austrian to Vienna would be nice.
MOAR Euro flights please... YES

Changing Denver International Airport

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/n...that-will.html
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Great Hall Partners, the private consortium hired by Denver International Airport for its $1.8 billion overhaul of the main terminal, is launching its search for business partners to fill the first 10 of the 50 new spaces being created for new restaurants, shops and amenity areas under the airport’s iconic white tents.
United Airlines and American Airlines watch as Frontier Airlines spreads wings at O'Hare

DIA upping its game, adding 2 new (really nice) passenger lounges
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2018, 7:41 PM
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It's raining FTA grants on Colorado and CDOT

Serious props to CDOT for knowing how to bridge community needs with how to work the process.

The FTA received funding request applications for 453 projects worth $2 billion; hands out $264 million in grants for 139 projects.
https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/...ities-projects
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The Colorado Department of Transportation, on behalf of the Town of Estes Park, will receive funding to purchase an electric trolley for use on the Free Shuttle transit program to replace a 12-year-old trolley that has significant maintenance issues and has exceeded its useful life. The trolley serves downtown Estes Park. 360,045
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"The Colorado Department of Transportation, on behalf of the City of Glenwood Springs, will receive funding to purchase a new CNG bus for the city's Ride Glenwood bus fleet. The new bus will replace an aging diesel bus that has exceeded its useful life and is often out of service due to mechanical issues. $458,384
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City of Colorado Springs (Mountain Metropolitan Transit) Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) in Colorado Springs will receive funding to acquire property and design and build a bus storage facility to house a fleet that is stored outside, exposed to the elements and increasing maintenance costs. The storage facility will provide operational stability and improve the longevity of MMT's fleet. $758,785
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The Colorado Department of Transportation will receive funding to purchase replacement trolleys for Durango Transit, one of the state's largest rural transit providers. Trolley service in Durango provides transportation for people commuting to jobs and schools and accounts for close to half of Durango Transit rides. $264,000
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The Colorado Department of Transportation will receive funding to purchase new transit buses for Greeley Evans Transit in Greeley. The buses will replace vehicles that are past their useful life and unable to serve growing ridership. $758,785
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2018, 8:33 PM
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Metro is about to redesign its entire bus network
Apr 9, 2018 By Matt Tinoco - Curbed L.A.
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In the last five years, weekday bus boardings have plunged 25 percent. That’s a severe problem.
Everybody has their want's and everybody wants somebody else to pick up the tab.
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Reversing the system’s ridership decline is one of the goals... In a recent survey, 90 percent of Metro’s riders said they want buses to run at least once every 10 minutes...
What is it that disappoints, frustrates people?
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...73 percent said buses are unreliable. The study also found that among former riders, 73 percent were frustrated by buses getting stuck in the same traffic as cars, 69 percent complained about having to transfer too many times, and 88 percent said Metro bus service is unreliable.
Has the bus system changed much in the last 25 years?
No, not really.
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Cheung says the way people move around the region today is very different compared to 25 years ago.
This is not unlike what Denveright/Transit is currently doing and customer feedback was much the same.
It's likely that RTD also needs to take a strong look at their own system.
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Old Posted Apr 11, 2018, 5:21 AM
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Old Posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:14 AM
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Denver's Colfax bus gets priority at green lights
Apr 12, 2018 by Jaclyn Allen/7Denver News
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On the busiest and the slowest bus in Denver, the Colfax Bus Route 15L...Starting this week...at a dozen intersections on Colfax, buses have a new...weapon that allows them to get longer green lights or shorter reds.

It's called transit signal priority, and RTD buses are already equipped with the required cellular and GPS technology that activates new routers inside signal control boxes and controls the signals as buses approach.
Will other routes be getting this?
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In the future, buses will get greens on more streets. Denver already has funding for Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue.
Here's a schematic that shows how the tech works:


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Cirrus... what would be your experience/feedback with this stuff. Seems I recall reading that Los Ageles abandoned this on 'some' streets where they tried it.
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Old Posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:51 AM
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Cirrus... famous from coast to coast.

Can the Valley’s Orange Line—the nation’s most successful BRT—get any respect?
Aug 8, 2017 By Patrick Sisson - Curbed Los Angeles
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Transit writer Dan Malouf calls the situation BRT Creep: promising great bus rapid transit, then undercutting it by removing the very features that would make it a success.
Interesting article actually.
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Denver's Colfax bus gets priority at green lights
Apr 12, 2018 by Jaclyn Allen/7Denver News

Will other routes be getting this?

Here's a schematic that shows how the tech works:


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Cirrus... what would be your experience/feedback with this stuff. Seems I recall reading that Los Ageles abandoned this on 'some' streets where they tried it.
So we can get the buses to work with this tech no problem, but the trains, it turns into a 2 year fiasco.
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Old Posted Apr 13, 2018, 9:35 PM
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We use transit signal priority, although not as much as I'd like. It's not like an ambulance where you automatically get green. Basically it just holds a green a few seconds longer or switches from red to green a few seconds faster if there's a bus nearby.

On its own, the effects are nice enough but relatively minor. Fine, but sort of not worth the headache. Coupled with limited stops and bus lanes (or at least queue jumps) it's pretty powerful.
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Denver's Colfax bus gets priority at green lights
Apr 12, 2018 by Jaclyn Allen/7Denver News

Will other routes be getting this?

Here's a schematic that shows how the tech works:


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Cirrus... what would be your experience/feedback with this stuff. Seems I recall reading that Los Ageles abandoned this on 'some' streets where they tried it.
The Colfax TSP tech works a little differently. Works off Sprint wireless network. Bus passes a pre-determined geographic location (handled by on-board GPS), makes a call to the signal, determines if TSP is needed.

Coupled with the planned interim bypass lanes, queue jumps, and bus bulbs, this should increase speed and improve reliability. Then the BRT will come.
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DEN: Are the new ground-level gates on Concourse A (odds A71-A81) in use? They are shown on the gate map of the airport's website, but a cursory check of airline departure boards has yet to show any flight scheduled to use these gates.
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this hyperloop would be so dope. I'll believe it when I can board though

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Old Posted Apr 25, 2018, 5:01 PM
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Latest addition to my transit fare media collection (penny for scale):

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Old Posted Apr 28, 2018, 7:14 PM
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Neat. Also Cirrus, I had to go up to Aspen and took zero bus photos for you.
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2018, 8:43 PM
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I do like the the Denver Tramway piece.

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The Colfax TSP tech works a little differently. Works off Sprint wireless network. Bus passes a pre-determined geographic location (handled by on-board GPS), makes a call to the signal, determines if TSP is needed.

Coupled with the planned interim bypass lanes, queue jumps, and bus bulbs, this should increase speed and improve reliability. Then the BRT will come.
Thanks for the clarification.

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We use transit signal priority, although not as much as I'd like. It's not like an ambulance where you automatically get green. Basically it just holds a green a few seconds longer or switches from red to green a few seconds faster if there's a bus nearby.

On its own, the effects are nice enough but relatively minor. Fine, but sort of not worth the headache. Coupled with limited stops and bus lanes (or at least queue jumps) it's pretty powerful.
Exquisite reponse. So a little at the margin and something is better than nothing but as PLANSIT describes it will be a whole lot more powerful when combined with other improvements and when BRT on East Colfax is completed.
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend?

Ridesharing is overtaking urban mass transit and we should rejoice, not mourn for the past
April 19, 2018 by Randal O’Toole, Opinion contributor/USA Today
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Mass transit was developed for cities that no longer exist. A used car is far more useful to a poor person's job prospects than a free transit pass.
Interestingly, I've brought this up (at least) a couple of times with respect to the USC research paper of lower socioeconomic neighborhoods in San Diego including the importance of first- and last-mile access.

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Thanks to new services such as Uber and Lyft, the nation’s transit industry is fading away, leading some people to declare an “emergency.” In fact, we should rejoice ... Ridership declines have prompted transit consultant Jarrett Walker to argue that “city governments have an urgent imperative to do what’s necessary to make it attractive for people to use” transit. Walker apparently believes that cities exist for the benefit of transit systems, rather than the other way around.
What about growing congestion, Randal?
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Nor does transit particularly relieve congestion or, as Jarrett Walker puts it, “use space efficiently.” In fact, transit often makes traffic worse: Lumbering buses, streetcars and light-rail trains usually contribute more to congestion than the few cars they take off the road.
While I haven't (yet) jumped on the O’Toole Train he is able to make more substantive and less ideological arguments here.

But life is rarely limited to just black and white and like Barack Obama I'm an 'all of the above' kind of guy.
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2018, 9:58 PM
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Buses are going to save the world


Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry
April 25, 2018 by By Jeremy Hodges/Bloomberg
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Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early model.

“Everyone was laughing at BYD for making a toy,” recalled Isbrand Ho, the Shenzhen-based company’s managing director in Europe. “And look now. Everyone has one.”
Where are we now? Btw, BYD is making RTD's electric buses for the 16th Street Mall. BYD was also featured when Warren Buffet flew to China and became a BYD investor a few years ago.
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The numbers are staggering. China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters—the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionize city transport—and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry.
The energy industry; how so?
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For every 1,000 battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels a day of diesel fuel will be displaced from the market, according to BNEF calculations. This year, the volume of fuel not needed may rise 37 percent to 279,000 barrels a day because of electric transport including cars and light trucks, about as much oil as Greece consumes, according to BNEF. Buses account for about 233,000 barrels of that total.
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