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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I'd be happy if they could just run the service smoothly and on-time based on their published timetables although extending peak service to 10 a.m. and from 3:30 to 8:00 with 5 minute headways would be lovely (and 10 minute headways until 11) would make transit just that much more palatable. Since they won't open their location data to developers, I want to see them use it to good effect - still not sure why they're clinging so tightly to control of the data. It still feels like 50%+ of the drivers are in training based on the lack of smoothness (starting and stopping) and the fact trains seem to stop randomly (for green signals no less).
  2. It would appear that's the case everywhere but Seattle: https://www.wired.com/story/transit-center-census-americans-public-transportation/
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    We're #91 Most Congested City in the World (down from #85) after Sheffield in the UK and before Florence, Italy and 16th in the US after Baltimore and before Tampa. http://inrix.com/scorecard-city/?city=Charlotte%2C NC&index=91
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    Google Fiber coming to Charlotte?

    I hope my place gets connected. I have a Google Fiber jack in my house and there's a Google Fiber embarkation point (and disconnected fiber) at the front of my house. Spectrum has been fine. AT&T tried to sell me their service but having been a customer of theirs before, I said "no thanks at nearly any cost other that free." I never thought I would miss BellSouth, AT&T made me miss them (terribly).
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Today, 201 was operating as a single consist. That was ugly. Do cars 202 and 203 run anymore? I only see 201 and 204. Additionally, why does CATS do such a poor job communicating service impacts? It's fascinating to me that they added SpokeHub (in addition to Twitter et al.) and yet, they still are not conveying much useful information. I won't harp on the crummy RideCats (sic) app.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I am amazed beyond words that they're incapable of using the LED boards in their stations to good effect. The northbound sign at East/West hasn't worked for months and simply displays the incorrect date and time continuously (on a related note, the electronic sign on the TVM on the northbound side is still in "demo" mode). None of the sign at any of the stations I've been to in the last six months has even remotely accurately reflected when the next train will arrive. I am still amazed that CATS won't or can't use the GPS information they supposedly have about their vehicles to either open the data up, or use it to good effect in their own app. And while I purchase my fares on the CATS Pass app (why not just one ride and pay app?), the new TVMs are as bad as or worse than the old ones. Something else I noticed yesterday after waiting an inordinate amount of time for a southbound train from 7th St, at rush hour . . . (no SB train on the line for my walk from Tryon to the station). When I arrived at the platform, it was heavier than normal with people waiting. There are two kinds of drivers on CATS, those that move quickly but smoothly and those who are herky jerky on the acceleration and the brakes. My train was driven by a herky jerky "cautious" driver. The train which followed three minutes later was very smooth and efficient. I'm realizing the order of drivers affects the throughput on the line ("duh" I hear you saying). #DoBetterWithTheSimpleStuff indeed!
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    It seemed like there was some delay on the northbound route Wednesday evening. Coming south from 7th (to East/West for perspective on the distance I'm talking about) at ~5:20 last night we passed/crossed no fewer than five northbound trains on our journey. The trains arrived to 7th at the same time (and looking south I could *see* the next train below CTC pulling in slowly), crossing another between 3rd and Stonewall we encountered another train, between Carson and Bland and finally the trains arriving at East/West at nearly the same time. Initially I thought I was imagining it.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Does the system seem to be straining? Between drivers that can't run the trains smoothly (accelerating or braking) to still irregular (but improving schedule adherence - stupid CATS App notwithstanding), to TVMs that are still out-of-order and still slow processing orders (yes, I use CATS Pass) and with banner LEDs that are still running in demo mode? The electronic station signs often have the wrong date/time and train arrival information. Yesterday, afternoon they had to reboot the train (a 100 series car) between Bland and East. It couldn't get to 45 MPH and seemed to be going into limp-home/fail-safe mode. Then in the East/West station after the reboot, they couldn't get the train running. Today one of the doors on my train wasn't working and the Use Other Door sign was illuminated both inside and outside the car. Are the 200 sets undergoing refit and PM currently?
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    While I am also sad to find us at the bottom of another list, let's go to the source: https://www.walkscore.com/NC/Charlotte It looks like all of their information is at least 10 years out of date (highlights mine). The included photos are pretty good though . . . so current. I'm really not bitter, just miffed because I feel like they are ranking a city from 20 years ago.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    The "CH" problem strikes again . . . from: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/21/640435962/after-a-year-of-rising-tensions-protesters-tear-down-confederate-statue-on-unc-c
  11. (lost a lengthy post probably because I fat-fingered something) Envision my Ride seems like a fatal half measure at best. Rather than fixing procedural and structural issues, it seems to be merely window dressing with minor tweaks to most of the few routes it touches. I'd rather see consistently increased frequency on the top 10 routes (not counting Lynx) with a maximum headway throughout the day of 10 minutes and a maximum headway on Lynx of 15 minutes (evenings after 8 and weekends) and routinely from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. running on a maximum headway of seven minutes. I know those changes are not without cost. Fix the Ride CATS app, provide more well-maintained shelters and real-time boards at all stops for when the next vehicle will arrive (Lynx still doesn't have a number of problems fixed including schedules on platforms, route maps, platform recordings, not to mention arrival times are nowhere in the neighborhood of accurate). Ensure that when routes intersect, the busses use the transfers as time points and wait for the other vehicles to allow for transfers between the lines. See this for my dream for CATS (and really an integrated regional transit network): http://www.seattle.gov/transit/year-2-annual-report
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    I agree completely. I think Charlotte's meandering streets can be charming albeit inefficient.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    I thought this might be of interest to the Charlotte Urban Planet folks: Street grids matter more to your commute than you might think - Charlotte, NC has Americas messiest street grid. We "look" like Rome and Paris somewhat. I ❤Strange Maps. Of note:
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    The Good News Report

    The owner and head chef of King's Kitchen and Rooster's has been *very* outspoken against LGBT rights: http://goqnotes.com/34440/charlotte-lgbt-debate-attracts-high-profile-supporters-opponents/ High-profile business owners opposed In a letter on Friday, nearly 100 anti-LGBT religious leaders, activists and business owners asked Council to vote against the proposals. Among the letter’s signers are several high-profile leaders, including Jim Noble, owner of several restaurants in Charlotte and Winston-Salem including Uptown’s Rooster’s and King’s Kitchen’s and Winston-Salem’s Noble’s Grille.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Guy and his crew had just finished lunch at 300 East. Your post helped me connect all the dots about what the fuss was about (the car was the giveaway).