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  2. CTA 'L' Rosters

    It's not that they can't do it so much as they won't do it. The heaviest portion of the line extends from downtown to Polk. I guess that is too short a distance to justify 2 extra cars per train. Besides, if things keep going the way they are going now, those surplus 5000s will get used elsewhere. You might see some on the Orange Line for the Holidays.
  3. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Pink Line could benefit from six-car trains at peak. Is there any reason CTA can't do it?
  4. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Well from the looks of it, the 3200s on the orange line are gone. Nothing passed me in the rush and #3215-16 and #3229-30 which were the only 4 I saw last week are now on the brown line. Brown line was running more 2600s but the intervals for the brown and orange lines were sometimes 10 minutes and this is at 5pm. Brown line was having door problems on a train so I dont know if you can call that an excuse. Looks to me like orange could use some help. Green line was running great intervals every 5 minutes. You know how pink is doing a few unnamed extras on the blue., they say ridership is poor on the south side green line. I wonder if orange couldn't benefit off a few deviated green lines just for a round trip. You could have consolidation plus help out the misfortunate lines with old equipment. Looked like orange didn't have enough working equipment. Could they be short. Brown line has lost a good chunk of 3200s and still I dont see many 2600s I wonder if that is affecting operations. Blue line is doing well intervals less than 5 minutes. The new equipment is helping
  5. Lettered Bus Stops Pilot?????

    Service notice for Jeff Park bus terminal rebuilding shows lettered stops. Seems to be spreading systemwide as an effort to help direct people to correct stop in complex areas. Makes sense, easier to say "stop D" than "4th platform in the terminal to your right".
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  7. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Just to be clear about this - the Pink/Blue trains are unpicked extras caused by Blue having insufficient equipment to operate themselves and as such are liable to be cancelled at any time such as when Blue gets enough 3200's in.
  8. CTA 'L' Rosters

    What are substations and there is one being rebuilt at 1000 N Milwaukee
  9. CTA 'L' Rosters

    The Fast Tracks project page specifically mentions power upgrades on the O'Hare branch.
  10. Metra and PTC

    Metra is working on a revised schedule for the Rock Island for accommodating PTC and it is open for comments/feedback on Metra’s website.
  11. CTA 'L' Rosters

    They were there. They were still wrapping up green and Pink they were up to like 4-5 sets by the time the rebuild started.
  12. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Well they cant seem to handle the demand on the blue line that's for sure and need to do Orange line service which is less labor intensive. If they are getting a rehab they better hurry up they wont be needing the cars in 3-4 years. Plus the blue line runs more than 100 cars, even with the positive addition of 100 #3200's that still leaves 200 unrehabbed cars. I see the blue line getting more 3200 cars when more cars fail but it probably wont be more than 50 more. They need a base fleet that's reliable maybe 150 could do that. It sure would be nice to have the rehabbed 2600s now but this is why we are using 3200s on the blue line right now.
  13. CTA 'L' Rosters

    As was pointed out many times before, 100 2600s are getting a life extending rehab. Also, aren't you the one that said a good number of the 2600s are virtually dead?
  14. CTA 'L' Rosters

    How many substations need to be rebuilt though? You know were are a year from 7000 prototypes 2 years from new cars. I think almost for sure blue line will be going all 3200 just because they cant rebuild all those substations that fast hopefully 256 7000s dont get here too fast or they'll have a problem. The forest pk branch is supposed to be rehabbed but it's going at the speed of the red line extension. Hopefully it can happen before we all retire. LOL!!
  15. CTA 'L' Rosters

    CTA said it was a power issue on the O'Hare branch. Neither one of us can refute this, so I won't. I don't think that power is the issue on the Forest Park branch as much as bad rail. That branch needs a DanRyan like rebuild. Remember the 5000s never saw the Red Line until the south branch was closed for reconstruction. If I'm not mistaken, there's a substation ear Mlwaukee and Division getting a power upgrade now. It is what it is.
  16. CTA 'L' Rosters

    They'd really have to be on it about cutting Down to quads and only pulling 2600s for rush if they go that way
  17. CTA 'L' Rosters

    I just find it kind of peculiar that blue line had a complete rerailing with upgraded signaling installed on basically the whole ohare branch and they didn't upgrade the power during all this. When they speak of power issues maybe they mean the forest pk branch it was designed to carry every other train the other one designed to go to 54th. If there are really power issues on the blue line they better get cranking on substations they dont get rebuilt in 2 weeks it's a big line and the 7000s or 5000s are coming. I suppose they could delay it with all 3200s on the blue but I'm just skeptical on this we cant run 5000s because of a power issue thing. Just seems a little convenient to me. Btw 256 cars is not 400 cars so there might be a problem with the all 3200s theory.
  18. Pace 2019 Budget

    All the above comments appear correct. On the undefined Joliet Express, the new Joliet TC (apparently finally got state funding) would be adjacent to Joliet Union Station, and Pace is not going to compete with the Metra RID. The South Cook-Will restructuring had proposals for extending 357 to Joliet, and a Weber Rd. flex route to Naperville, but nothing came of that. Maybe time to subsidize consultants again. The Orland Square TC is probably similar to Golf Mill, as 364, 379, 832, and the On Demand all terminate there.
  19. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    I said that only in the sense of some other commenters said "some bus is better than no bus," such as when an Optima showed up on a heavy route. Here the opposite, but may be equally inappropriate. I think @artthouwill summed it up properly. I don't know if ETHS needs artics (and I'm pretty sure that when Evanston officials told Pace that they wanted fewer buses in town, they didn't mean artics), the only reason they are on 206 is that they interline with 22 and 147 at Howard.
  20. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    That's really the key point here. There are 19 (6, 12, J14, 22, 26, 28, 52, 82, 125, 128, 134, 135, 136, 143, 146, 147, 148, 151, 156, 192) regular service routes that use consistently use artics. School trips & special service aside (now 17), 82% of these routes either utilize or closely border LSD. What's left is the 12 (widespread use only on weekends, sees more shoeboxes during weekday rush), 52 & 82 (neither of which get that many artics). I think @Busjack was the one who stated that with 100 extra artics, they are running them someplace and it seems for the most part, that they're on LSD routes. *Open to corrections, my math might be wrong.
  21. Pace 2019 Budget

    I forgot to mention that as well. It seems fairly unnecessary for what is essentially 3 infrequent routes with 30 & 60 min headways, even during rush and the mall serving as a shelter. Would the Joliet express serve in a capacity similar to 877/888/895 manner? I believe it's been up on the CTA website since at least August or September. https://www.transitchicago.com/planning/southhalstedbus/
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  23. Random Metra

    Sorry up north
  24. Random Metra

    Are you referring to UP-N or UP-NW?
  25. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    You could do a lot of things, but it doesn't mean it makes sense to do it just to cover one school tripper with an artic. Those school trippers with artics end their routes somewhat close to downtown so it is a short deadhead to start their assigned route. That wouldn't be the case in your scenario. You also have to factor in driver hours of pay, fuel, and vehicle utilization. The artics are primarily for LSD routes. The only way your scenario works is if the same artic used for your Taft tripper is used on the current artic tripper on the 56, assuming time allows it to be effectively used on both. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense.
  26. Random Metra

    On the UP line going north past clyborn looks the a new track is almost complete across the river bridge. It looks like track would go as far as near the next bridge. My question is will this extended further or is this only a siding? It just appears if this was part of the main line that it would be a bottle neck due to angle of track.
  27. Pace 2019 Budget

    Halsted corridor already advancing joint project with CTA Check Pulse website
  28. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    It could go from Taft to Jeff park and then deadhead to probably like Howard red line and start a route or start on the 56 and go downtown and start at union on the 151 or something along those lines
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