Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

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Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby madras » Sat May 03, 2014 7:56 pm

Looks like Ecan is doing another round of service changes.

Main page - http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/news/Pages/Metro-Bus-Services-Review-May-2014.aspx

The Frequent Network (pretty much the same as current, but cool diagram):
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:49 pm

There are a number of the changes proposed that are mindless ideological stupidity.

Routes 21 and 23 which have good loadings are going to be stopped from going through to the city and instead terminate at Eastgate instead. They have not given thought as to what will happen at rush hour when there are heavy loadings on all the routes including the connecting services at Eastgate. it is inevitable people will be turned away from over full buses and experience unreasonable delays in reaching their destinations.
Likewise the route 83 and 84 which will be replaced by routes that go to Westfield Mall instead. In the same way the heavy loadings of parts of the Metrostar route will be shifted onto other services.

Here is a piece of mindless doublespeak:
"We currently have seven separate bus routes that connect Westfield Riccarton to the city, and six of these routes use the same route along Riccarton Rd and Riccarton Ave. " Therefore this constitutes "uneconomic duplication". Over a 3 km distance from the city centre. Many of these routes have a heavy loading especially at peak times; therefore, this will stretch the capacity of the retained routes, Maybe they hope to discourage people from taking the bus as will happen if it becomes less convenient.

The flawed hubs and spokes system only really made sense with a few very lightly loaded routes (most of which are now being discontinued). It makes no sense to chop high performing routes and force them into the inconvenient model.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:53 pm

Another mindlessly ideological decision is to put on a Route 140 that goes from Redcliffs through Mt Pleasant to Eastgate then across town to Westfield and then out to Hornby. This is routed to go down Moorhouse ave. 600 metres from the bus exchange - but not to go through it. Hello?
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby madras » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:31 pm

The flawed hubs and spokes system only really made sense with a few very lightly loaded routes (most of which are now being discontinued). It makes no sense to chop high performing routes and force them into the inconvenient model.


Hubs and spokes would probably work if they could guarantee 5 min headway at peak on all the core routes shown above.

Unfortunately, as already proven by the current Orbiter - consistent, short intervals at peak are nearly impossible to achieve.

They are still missing the key to unlocking Chch's public transport infrastructure - a full length Riccarton Rd bus lane. This would go some way to helping consistent times at peak.

It's our very own 'CRL'! Talked about for decades but never committed to.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby matthew25187 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:54 pm

madras wrote:They are still missing the key to unlocking Chch's public transport infrastructure - a full length Riccarton Rd bus lane. This would go some way to helping consistent times at peak.

It's our very own 'CRL'! Talked about for decades but never committed to.

Take capacity away from one of the busiest roads in Christchurch at peak times when it is most congested with the traffic already using it? Not happening any time soon. It isn't just the retailers that would be upset at loss of parking outside their businesses, it would also be the motorists that'd try to use "alternative" routes like Blenheim Road and Fendalton Road, worsening the peak-time congestion problems on those roads too.

Anyway, assuming you'd want to improve bus schedules on Riccarton Road for both the morning and evening peak, you'd need priority lanes on both sides of the road. I don't see how there would physically be room for priority lanes plus general traffic lanes, cycle lanes that the lycra-brigade are demanding, as well as turning bays/lanes at major intersections to improve traffic flow, even if you removed on-street parking.

Things have moved on a lot from when there was a tramline running down Riccarton Road to the racecourse.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby madras » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:03 pm

It won't take any capacity away, leave the two current car lanes untouched and just add bus lanes.

In terms of space - I agree that the 'central riccarton' section between Matipo and Straven would be very tricky. More politically than physically - there is space once you remove the carparks - but retailers won't be amused despite most buildings on that stretch having plenty of offstreet carparks behind them. ("What do you mean I can't use public space for my private gain?!")

Fortunately, even if you add lanes to everything except that section out you will still see vast improvement as the congestion is usually end to end (Church Corner to the roundabout or even down the ave to the hospital) most peak periods.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby Kahukowhai » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:26 pm

It's a pity our powers that be are so blind they missed the potential of putting a busway on the unused land along the MNL corridor.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby john-ston » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:32 pm

Kahukowhai wrote:It's a pity our powers that be are so blind they missed the potential of putting a busway on the unused land along the MNL corridor.


To be honest, I wonder if there would be any value in doing that above putting median bus lanes along Papanui and Main North Roads.
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Re: Ecan's May 2014 Bus Network Review

Postby madras » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:41 pm

john-ston wrote:To be honest, I wonder if there would be any value in doing that above putting median bus lanes along Papanui and Main North Roads.


There exist bus lanes on both those roads, they're just poorly designed ones that manage to irk PT travellers (due to the lanes discontinous nature), drivers (due to all the zig-zagging now required) AND cyclists (due to there being no provision for cycling other than sharing this lane with 30 tonne chunks of steel).

Worst part is, congestion on Papanui Rd is currently nowhere near as bad as it was pre-quakes anyway due to the gutted CBD economy.

Still, better than nothing.
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