Originally Posted by lrt's friend
Has route splitting really solved the problem? I was on Montreal Road in Vanier on Saturday and passed two Route 12 articulated buses that were back to back, acting like a train. Bunching is an age old problem. The solution is to make sure that the service is frequent enough that bunching does not cause major service gaps and when gaps do occur to be prepared to add an extra bus in.
I never ride the 2, but I walk on Somerset-Wellington-Richmond very often, and based on my observation of the 2s that pass me, it seems to be running much better than in the past -- they seem both more frequent and more evenly spaced. (they also seem to be better compared to my observations -- much less frequent, admittedly -- of service up and down Bank St, which still seems to bunch and gap severely).
But from what I hear, in this place and elsewhere, service on the 12 is as bad or worse (which, as I understand it, is what caused most of the problems for the old 2 on the west side).
If this is the case, better service on the 2 for the west side was bought at the price of poorer service on Rideau-Montreal; unfortunate and I wouldn't be surprised at all.
If only we'd stuck with the Holt plan, implemented as funding became available, revised and updated as needs required (rather than thrown out completely after a spell, as every Capital Plan has been), the whole Montreal-Rideau-Wellington-Richmond corridor would be served a by a subway, decades old.