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  2. They definitely know which routes have seen less ridership declines. They really should shift buses from some of the downtown expresses (I can't imagine we need the 134 and the 156 running every few minutes) to the crosstown lines that have been less hard hit.
  3. 1222 joined i seen 1223 turn east on lawrence from kimball and north on kedzie at around 11:30pm
  4. Just some FYI...When I started at Colonial in 1999, they ran five routes (610, 1006, 1012, 1015, 1017 . When I was not out of town, I worked 1017 to Sears on 79th). We lost all subscription routes after 9/11 one at a time due to cuts at Sears headquarters. And, when I started, all motorcoaches were equipped with restrooms. Not sure the equipment before that. But we used equipment purchased both new (MCI DL3 12-units) and used (MCI B3 8-units purchased through Indian Trails) on Pace routes.
  5. The loop is a ghost town. Was ubering down Washington downtown midday and there were no cars at all. Spotted a #156 with no passengers. Still don't get this. Why expose the operators to this if there are no passengers? If they all get sick, who is going to drive the bus? I heard on the news CTA is exploring rear door boarding. They should do a study on absenteeism. These things have a tendency to still maintain the same effect even if they do nothing. If you don't pull the service your workforce will simply not show up due to sickness or fear, a job that doesn't care about your health, doesn't care about it's employees. Do they really want to send that kind of message to the workforce? I think this could be political. The Mare has stated that they will not pull service and they haven't. You know I heard on the news 64 CPD officers are infected, how long before it's 64 bus operators?
  6. Yesterday
  7. CBS explains why CTA is still running a normal schedule. Also notes that rail ridership is down by 87%, and bus by 76% (82% overall). Seven CTA employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Metra reports four employees have tested positive, including a SWS conductor. Pace says a bus operator at North Division has tested positive.
  8. Ordinarily there are two trains and crews based in Manhattan. That's still true, but it seems one of those crews returns home on #807 instead of #825 now. That would make it necessary for #825 to turn around to get its crew back to their base at 179th.
  9. I was initially going to say it's because of storage capacity, but Manhattan can hold at least 3 8-car trains, so I didn't see why #825 had to head back north
  10. Read the whole discussion of it here.
  11. NewFlyerMCI

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    It'll be as effective as they are frequent, based on ridership needs. If the route hasn't seen any drastic drop in ridership, neither should the frequency. However, if they have enough info to match the frequency to the ridership, they way they implemented artics in the past should actually probably work for this scenario In Baltimore, the route by my aunt's house that uses mostly artics went from every 7-10 mins to every 13-17 and the buses (artic wise) I've seen so far from when we were helping her move out were near or at standing room only, although usually during when rush hour normally is. MTA Maryland is also doing rear door boarding, but all the non-ADA seats are available. Now this route is one of the 17 busiest routes in the city, and before the bus route redesign, I think it was #1 or #2 in terms of ridership. North Ave (which is route runs along) is also basically a wider 79th St east of the ryan and each route serves a similar demographic, so I think its a good enough comparison on paper.
  12. Upon further reflection, it probably does have to do with crew scheduling. I observed this morning that both northbound trains out of Manhattan had seven cars. #825, which is the one that deadheads north in the PM, has eight. So the equipment and crew cycles have definitely changed, but I’m not sure how other than that one of the two crews based in Manhattan goes back south on #807.
  13. Well I'll give a brief summary of what's going on, so far #4008,#4014-15 and #4021 are currently out ready for service but they're also training operator's on how to drive them today, so I can assume that they will be here for a while. I'm not sure where the other 4-6 #4000's are at currently but they will get used at some point in the next few weeks on certain routes you guys have alluded to. Cottage Grove and 79th could really use a few artics. The only problem is how effective will using artics be?
  14. Maybe conductors and operators are parked at Manhattan? The storage yard has it's own parking lot
  15. I can't imagine the michigan (bar 146) and lasalle express routes are running with more than ~5 passengers...
  16. NewFlyerMCI

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    I think the big issue is they reduced the frequency of the routes with artics, which led to no improvement at all (although I'll never figure out why if the route was busy enough for artics in the first place that reducing the frequency would be the solution). But yeah, the 79 & 4 (and to a lesser extent, the 3) all need artics. I remember that the 2 had artics, but it was more of a mixed fleet. I also don't ride it, so I can't speak on it that well.
  17. NewFlyerMCI

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    I'd said days earlier this is probably the best time to deploy artics at 77th, mostly for routes 4 and 79 since CTA can actually run schedules around artics and still meet social distancing guidelines.
  18. Mr.cta85

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    77th used to have artics regularly as recently as 6yrs ago. But they could use artics on the 2 for sure cause on a regular day that bus be packed. 79 is definitely a route that could use them regularly too as you can see even during these times that route still have a bus full of people. Honestly they could use them for the 3 and 4 as well once things get back to normal. 77th is spoiled tho cause they always get new buses 1st but also when they had artics the operators at the time complained about them on certain routes and had the artics moved from 77th to 103rd in 2013-14. If anybody remember they had the 4333's and up after the Red Line was finished and those buses were used on 79th then. Afterwards those buses were moved to now NP and 77th got 4172-96 but those eventually moved to 103rd to where they are currently. So yea they need artics for that route now and even when things clear up outside in my opinion.
  19. The best I can say is social distancing because they only had one out this morning on 79th and the Union once again made headlines by sharing pictures of crowded buses on 79th almost a week ago so I can only imagine when I head in this afternoon if not more will be put out in use to the operators that have experience with artics and are willing to operate them. I would also like to add that we have about 10-15 of our own buses oos for various reasons as of late as I've seen a lot more of our #7900's hit the boneyard along with #6400's. #804 has returned to the boneyard after being moved briefly so maybe it may return service I would hope. Southshops has been very busy as of late, I've never seen so many lines of OOS buses that clumped together in one space other than the time I remember seeing retirements of the #7500's and #6000's.
  20. artthouwill

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    What will 77th do with artics? They don't have routes conducive to them. I suppose sending some to 77th creates space at Kedzie and from a storage standpoint, 77th has plenty of room.
  21. 3457 and 3458 were in existence before this accident. There was a period when the Blue Line was suffering from many incidents including this one, a derailment in the subway, a car fire in the subway, and the infamous crash into the escalators at the O'Hare station.
  22. When Pace had contracts with Keeshin/Coach USA, Pioneer/Colonial, Greyhound, and MidAmerica, those contracts required that those companies provided the equipment. Each of those companies only highway equipment with lavatories, though Colonial did have older coaches without lavatories. Keeshin used to run the 626 and 691 with MC5C buses without lavatories, but Pace switched that contract for Keeshin to run those routes with Pace provided transits. Greyhound ran the 855 first before Keeshin. Keeshin then was under budded by Neal's Bus Service, but due to their poor performance, Keeshin/Coach USA finished out that contract only to lose the bid to MidAnerica. This was the first contract ( with MudAneeica) that Pace required the contracted party to provide lift equipped coaches. Again, due to poor performance, Coach USA finished that contract until Park implemented the Bus in Shoulder service which required Pace to purchase it's own commuter coaches. I'd I recall correctly, Colonial always had the 610. I think they had the majority of the Pace Prairie Stone subscription service routes except the three far south side and south suburban routes that Hammond Yellow had. When INDOT restricted Hammond Yellow to intrastate service only, it effectively shut them down. Obviously they lost the Pace contract, but most of the company's income was generated with commuter service to Chicago and charter services primarily in Illinois. Due to poor equipment. they probably would've lost the Pace contract anyway. Obviously all of the subscriptions service went away.
  23. Depending on how long she was working at, she could have been. Many of the older drivers I see are Million Milers and I think I know what operator you're talking about, because you told me about her last summer.
  24. 1799-1812(or more) have shifted to North Park
  25. #1199,#1200,#1210,#1211,#1212,and #1223 have all shifted to kedzie last night which maybe explain the #4000's popping up at 77th late last night.
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