Sounds like an adjustment issue for Transed to make - it took them a bit to fix the top of Connors and 95 Ave, but they did shorten the light significantly.So it seems like TransEd might have their poop in a group now? Seeing a lot more simulated service the last few days. Along with that simulated service is massive traffic delays at the crossings. On Sunday the line for WB traffic on 82 Ave was almost halfway back to 75 street. This morning I went to the office and I have been cutting over to 83 street on 82 Ave and then going down Connors - we watched 3 trains cross the intersection before we got a green. I was stuck behind a 4 that had to stop at that little strip mall so I couldn't sneak by and turn right to NB 83 street. Might be worth watching to see how bad they get delayed. I think TransEd could alleviate the backlog for the cross traffic if the first green after the train crosses favors the cross traffic - they seem to be favoring left turns right now which doesn't make much sense to me.
Coming home we were backed up a ways on Connors Road as well - Some of that is the crazy they created by eliminating the traffic circle. There was probably 25 cars on 85 Street trying to get onto Connors to go EB 90 Ave, which then screws up people trying to go SB 83 Street from Connors. There is just too much going on in such a small area there.
Time to do some route adjustments for the drive to work I guess.
I did see 1013 in the stop at Bonnie Doon which left before I did. I beat it to 36A Ave, but not by much as it was in the stop at 38 Ave when I went by. It will be interesting to see what they are using for simulated dwell times at the stations while they are testing.
Also to add to my wall of text - saw two trains displaying "Out of Service" today vs the using "Testing Mode". 1013 had a paper taped to each door as well but I couldn't read what it said.
I think the biggest issue would've not been the costs, tbh. Considering where we'd want the grade separation, it would've probably need to be elevated all the way from at least Bonnie Doon to Wagner (there's not enough space or stations between Bonnie Doon and where the next elevation starts that would justify the awkward up-and-down). I honestly believe the pushback from residents would've been tremendous (bigger than it already was) and I do think that having an elevated track all the way down 83 St would be terrible, considering the surroundings.The costs for elevating the track would have been something like an additional 200 million and honestly I often question those extra costs. The extraordinary costs of modern infrastructure typically come in the massive amount of inefficiences, bureaucracy, bad planning, and then followed up by poor execution. Poor execution having extenuating intangible costs that can last centuries.
I dunno, guess I'm of the ilk that you gotta cut through the bullcrap and just build things right the first time because it'll always end up costing ya if you cheap out and half ass your critical infrastructure projects.
Building a multi-billion dollar transit system that has to come to a screeching halt every time there's an idiot driver isn't smart design imo and isn't the sort of thing that leads to reliable and timely service which will draw people away from using their cars.Or someone turned on a red light.