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  1. 2 points
    Lol thanks! I been around just mostly reading comments on forums. I’ve chimed in on a few post tho 👍🏽.
  2. 2 points
    No it’s not too heavy it’s just most passengers don’t give the rear doors a chance to actually work properly like they’re suppose to. They’re used to just bombarding the rear door as soon as the bus stops, or they don’t read or notice the “touch here” sign that’s on the door. They work just fine when you do it right. Also a lot of artics actually have a switch where the operator can open the back doors the same as the front. They added more switches on the artics that didn’t have them during the time we were letting them on and off the bus rear door only.
  3. 2 points
    It's a bit difficult to compare Seattle's transit system with Chicago's. For a long time, most bus routes in Seattle went to Downtown, and there weren't as many crosstown routes. Like you said, Downtown routes usually have people taking longer rides, so artics make sense for those routes. In recent years, Seattle's system has become more of a point-to-point grid system, and there are many more frequent routes today than there were 15 years ago. I believe most of Seattle's crosstown routes are operated with 40-footers, and only a few of them (e.g. 8, 44, 45, 48) have mostly artics. To add to this, Seattle has always struggled with funding, so it's possible that it was cheaper to run artics on infrequent routes than run 40-footers on frequent routes.
  4. 2 points
    Wild. The way it looks from 79th you’d think they’d ask for either some work ID at the driveway entrance or at least ask what sort of reason you have for trying to enter. Especially since 77th handles so much more for the system compared to other garages. But then again I was able to park at 103rd AFTER a bus was stolen so.... even was able to chill at the garage till a bus could take me home one night cause I got arrested and stranded on 103rd and Luella
  5. 2 points
    He has a history of pulling this over the years across different forum topics for as long as I can remember.
  6. 2 points
    Yeah I'm fine this happened about two hours after I got off this morning. The security gaurds at the front entrance need to be fired for even letting that happen. Anyone can get such easy access to these garages with minimal pushback these days. I leave late nights and security is just as un noticeable as a needle in a haystack.
  7. 2 points
    Why not! 7000 series are for cars and 8000 for cab-cars. All of the early cab-cars 8200-8275 have been downgraded to coach only and the few C&NW painted ones have also been downgraded. In most cases the cabs are just locked up. On some cars they have been rebuilt without them. 7000-7099 were not used but I believe allocated to the ex-BNSF steel cars 700-787 and 816-820 (the locomotives were also not renumbered but 500-524 were allocated to 9900-8/10-25) 7100-7121 are the West suburban MTD ordered steel cars for the BNSF 7200-7283 are the ex-MILW (except 7242-56 ex-RI) steel cars. 7382 is a rebuilt RI Cab car which was 8222 7284-7381 are the 1978-80 steel cars 7400-7497 are the 1996-8 steel cars 7600-7613, 7650-7681 were C&NW painted cars, 7700-7866, 7880, 7900, 7901 were C&NW painted cars, 7867-7871, 7881-7885 were RI painted cars 8000-8025 were not used but I believe allocated to the ex-BNSF steel cab cars 790-815 8200-8238 are the ex-MILW (except 8220-4 ex-RI) steel cab cars. (matching 7200 series) 8239-8275 are the 1978-80 steel cab cars 8400-8478 are the 1995-7 steel cab cars (matching 7400) 8501-8608 are the 2002-5 steel cab cars 8700-8763 were the C&NW painted cab cars (matching 7700) 8764-8768 were RI painted cab cars. There was not a gap of 194 in the 7000 series for cars when the 6001-6194 series arrived so a new series started. On this basis the new cars will probably start at 6201, the cab-cars I have no idea unless they go for 8801!
  8. 2 points
    There was a driver on the 88 Higgins back in the 80's who would have done just that. A guy parked his car in the bus stop on the Kennedy overpass in front of the Harlem station entrance. Of course, it was raining. The bus driver was a tiny woman who suffered no fools. She pushed the car out of the way and called it in as abandoned in front of the on-ramp. Unethical? Perhaps. Nice thing for the passengers? You bet!
  9. 2 points
    Metra board approves the purchase of up to 500 new railcars. They are Alstom Coradia Multilevels, and most notably they don’t use the gallery car setup. https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-board-approves-purchase-500-modern-railcars?fbclid=IwAR1ywYXF20Eh779jrzwZyy9mClUiNW5XGex5T1UJH7vBB2mITVHYjzAy2sQ
  10. 2 points
    Here is a photo of today’s 701
  11. 2 points
    Idk about you, but I've seen more robberies happen on the north side than south side. Let's shy away from over-generalization, its not like the north side is this magic bastion of safety and the south & west sides aren't monolithic
  12. 1 point
    Remember when the 4000s were brand new at Kedzie and people were touching the back doors and nothing happened. They were all like wth??? It was kind of funny until you had to use the door. But I watched where people were touching and the stickers were a little off. I dont really like the idea of operator controlled doors in the rear unless there are fare controls back there or a brt setup. So many times I've rode Pace buses and the bus goes right past your stop. By the time you get the operators attention, you are couple blocks down (pace buses can be pretty fast) I remember once it got so bad I would only exit in the front. The way the cta doors are setup is good because if you want the operators attention all you have to do is push on the door and their little buzzer goes off. Plus it's good if the bus flips over or something you have a quick way out. Busting glass and turning a lever was just too time consuming and the average joe could nt figure that out. The cherries are a good idea.
  13. 1 point
    It's funny. I've seen them sit there for years and I always wondered where they came from. There were a bunch stored in Fox Lake, WI that were sold a year or two ago and were sent to Chicago. I wouldn't have a way of checking those car numbers. I saw the 8722 and searched trying to find what it was and found this forum post. The 8701's numbers seem to have worn off. They are definitely bare bones stripped. I doubt they'll ever be moved again. They are on rail behind a red board on track taken out of service.
  14. 1 point
    For now, I think CTA is still fine with operating no more than 300 artics because of the fact that others pointed out, namely that prepandemic CTA was very inefficient in how it deployed its artics already on hand. Even during both rush periods on weekdays, 100 of them on average sat unused and parked at the garage for reasons that had nothing to do with maintenance. Now they're seeing that it was smarter from the get go that having them spread among five garages instead of crammed and overstacked at only three for a gang of them overall to sit unused is more efficient and smarter to do. 77th and C managers can't do their usual shenanigans they done in the past to get out of having them longer than just a few months now that rider behavior dictates that deployments and assignments be more efficient than what we were seeing out of them in the prepandemic days. And the other angle from before the pandemic says to me that it's not smart to act on impulse and jump increase the overall number of artics if from looking at past actions and decisions, bus operations bosses at the main downtown office are going to allow 77th and C find a way to get out of having any artics and then go back to K, NP and 103rd overstacked with them to a point that we see a significant percentage of the overall artic count unused. They should keep the current setup of keeping what artics are already on hand spread among five garages for the longer term, and then only after the pandemic finally starts dying down for good with increases in vaccinations assess whether increasing beyond 300 artics is warranted.
  15. 1 point
    The darn things aren't built (and four years out) and we're speculating over car #'s....
  16. 1 point
    I don't know, but 6200s would make perfect sense. Also, 2000s, 3000s, 4000s,5000s, or 9000s would work also. I gmhope they don't switch to Pace:'so new numbering system.
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  18. 1 point
    Oh I didn't know, it had been a minute since I looked at the South Suburb routes on Webwatch so I didn't realize those were out there.
  19. 1 point
    6298 was my least favorite nabi and I hope I don't see it again lol because it pissed me off every time I saw it
  20. 1 point
    They are going to need new coaches anyways. So much of the fleet is obsolete. I'd imagine ridership will rebound by the time these start rolling in. From the Metra press release the base 200 new cars won't even be delivered until 2025-2027. (Deliveries starting 42 months after contract execution, and continuing for 30 months).
  21. 1 point
    Proofreaders on drugs again
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  23. 1 point
    Only on the southside you'll see this kind of stupidity. I guess the Hennessey was to important to get from the liquor store.......the sad part is there is a parking lot on the northern side of the building yet hardly any customers use it....🙄 Note - Not my photos.
  24. 1 point
    I'm guessing that the 20300s are the 30 ft Eldorado EZ Riders, and the 20500s are Axxess buses. The question with the Axxess buses are whether they are diesel or CNG? If CNG, will they eventually head to Wheeling? How many CNGs are actually arriving?
  25. 1 point
    Along with some buses get a break gets parked overnight or for the weekend while others run 24/7
  26. 1 point
    Most likely any nova that craps out is GONE gone unless it’s an EXTREMELY minor repair.
  27. 1 point
    No. The 30-footers will still be the EZ Rider II's, but in an updated design. The Axess is still officially available only in the 35- and 40-foot lengths. And more than half of the 2600s will be replaced. Buses 2728-2735 (2727 has been retired) will likely be moved from MV Batavia to the Niles service, replacing the 2600s that have been operating there. And one final note: The heavy-duty bus company is now no longer going by the ElDorado name, after the REV Group sold off the cutaway bus division along with the ElDorado National brand name to another company. The REV Group retained the heavy-duty bus division, which the EZ-Rider II and the Axess fall under, and the REV division now goes by the ENC brand name.
  28. 1 point
    Here's an update on the 30 foot bus order in the Dec 2020 RTA Project Management Oversight Update. Page 62 of this PDF: https://rtachicago.org/sites/default/files/documents/businessandfinance/Project-Management-Oversight-Dec-2020.pdf 5 year contract awarded in Sept 2019 Minimum purchase of 67 buses, maximum purchase of 164 buses 23 buses ordered to date 5 have arrived, the remaining 18 expected by end of 2020 A new order of 44 buses will be submitted, bringing total ordered and delivered to 67. Buses expected to serve Fox Valley and MV Batavia.
  29. 1 point
    6780 6784 and 6792 are out right now according to the tracker
  30. 1 point
    You’re totally right that the issue on forest park is the trackbed. My suggestion was since the power is being done and that also would allow more new cars, why not split the forest park project in 2 phases to get hot to Cicero completely rebuilt while doing modest maintenance west of there. Then when the IKE rebuild happens you do the complete rebuild there. So with the new IMD turnback, you hopefully can effectively turn back more trains and only send 2600s out on the Forest Park trips.
  31. 1 point
    Those have to be some of the grandest temp stations I have seen. Steel ,bricks??? The bryn mawr one looks almost like a permanent structure. It's not missing much.
  32. 1 point
    There has also been lots of development the past few years between Ashland and Clinton. I've seen West Loop riders from the Morgan stop go onto the Douglas branch
  33. 1 point
    Yeah at least it is an attractive part of town. I dont see why changing it to residential could hurt it. The looting downtown has really hurt the image of being downtown, but it basically is a crime of opportunity and much opportunity was there when the streets are barren of people. This will greatly affect the cta because the cta's ridership is mostly from downtown, but its service can change, but people like Metra are more in dire shape because they have their entire infrastructure based on downtown ridership. The only way for them to make it is equalize the fares between them and cta hoping to attract riders. We are getting close to a driverless car society, and that opens up the doors for anyone to use a car from kids, to the blind or elderly. So the future will be different. Maybe cta could even go into the car fleet business. If it is automated expenses would be low.
  34. 1 point
    it easy to do a line cut actually run the blue line from ohare to 54th cut pink line service completely and replace with blue cuz there is no stations between ashland and polk for a few months and then run more green line service (optional) between ashland and the loop
  35. 1 point
    It would be smart in theory but the way the branch is set up the congress can’t support new cars and the new cars use a LOOOOOOOOOOT of power with these new high tech features and we all know these 7000 make the 5000s look like 2200s tech wise so imagine the drain. That’s why only 2 sets of 5000s are allowed on the blue line at the moment. It’ll be like trying to get iPhone 4 to run iOS13 or a Samsung galaxy to run the same stuff a galaxy S20 can.
  36. 1 point
    I get you and I would choose the 146 Inner Drive Express. The 146 and 147 have always been Michigan Avenue Expresses and everyone up north should know that. All of the LaSalle expresses are cleanly designated that way. The 151s aren't marked Michigan because everyone knows it goes down Michigan Avenue and the 156 is the LaSalle bus. The only reason 134 and 143 have LaSalle and Michigan designations is that both routes were created new at the same time in 2003, and with no history, had to be differentiated. As for the 15, no changes are necessary. Jeffery service has always served Hyde Park, from the pre 1973 5 Jeffery (which used to go downrown) to the 6 Jeffery Express and now the 15 Jeffery Local, it is evident that that route serves Hyde Park.
  37. 1 point
    Eh. The Michigan and lasalle exp designations are to show “is this bus taking me from marine to Michigan or marine to financial district?” and since foster to Delaware is an exclusive express zone to the 147 (compared to 135/146 both leaving Belmont and lake shore but serving different downtown markets or 134/143 bringing Stockton riders to their respective markets) doesn’t really need one. Jeffery is a historical holdover since Jeffery exp and Jeffery local always was how we knew only difference being the local runs all day compared to the days as the 6 local when it only ran before and after sunrise
  38. 1 point
    Probably was only going to kedize then
  39. 1 point
    Probably beefing up routes that are usually packed to spread out the crowds. Remember up til the COVID crisis, the idea was to not add a bus to the schedule unless it was overflowing; now somethings gotta be done to put some space between people so Looks like the service hours taken from LaSalle and others more heavily hit for ridership are being reinvested to keep the routes that haven’t lost as many riders with enough service to accommodate. Think of it as pandemic based decrowding
  40. 1 point
    if drivers have a flyer u know damn well they gonna speed😂
  41. 1 point
    In case anyone else is having trouble getting video in .MOV format, here's the same video in .mp4 (credit to TaylorTank1229) Bryn_Mawr_SB_Temporary_Station_Dec18_2020.mp4
  42. 1 point
    Didnt even notice the tags. Now we can ask where are the eldorkos?
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  44. 1 point
    Ahh so sounds like block runs provide the backbone of the all day base service while everything else targets the heavy times 🧐
  45. 1 point
    Yeah I don't what he's smoking as if routes like the 22,36,77,81,90,92 and 151 doesn't have its fair share of nuts on it.
  46. 1 point
    I know this is not regarding transportation but the last sentence is like a person at the cashier writing a full check holding everybody up instead of writing the amount only.
  47. 1 point
    There are a few routes like the 1,2,8,24,29,52A,53A,54B along with the Midway Corridor routes that aren't rough at all on the southside, An honorable mention would be Ashland.
  48. 1 point
    Better pictures I just taken 👍🏾
  49. 1 point
    You're referring to these right?
  50. 1 point
    Well they have prepped it for retirement already so only time will tell.
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