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  1. CPD has always used cta buses to move around officers during big events, last years riot, NATO 2012, heres a photo from 90s during the Bulls riots. When you have 10-11,000 officers and only 3,000 or so vehicles your gonna need extra transportation when you mobilize them all at once
    4 points
  2. Well I finally rode a #600 today and the review I would give it is that it's pretty good. I think it has the best ac at cta, surprising for an electric bus but this is my first Proterra ride. Where it's really smart is the vents can be adjusted to blow right on you like a car does. The vents are made to blow into the center of the bus versus down the window side. Kudos to Proterra. If only Novabus were this smart!! 😜 I'm not crazy about the crazy swept back seats but thats not Proterras fault. seems that is the style nowadays. Hope everyone is not going to have a bad back riding these. It ha
    3 points
  3. Funny how CTA could rebuild the entire Red Line in a matter of months and the ATS has taken several years to be modernized. They should have just built an 'L' line.
    3 points
  4. Moderator note: Off-topic posts have been removed.
    3 points
  5. I get what you're saying, and to some extent, I somewhat agree, but transit and politics are naturally intertwined, and it's not like this is off-topic. These are CTA buses and personnel we're talking about here, in the appropriate topic
    3 points
  6. #700 is active again with a new look for the rookies.
    3 points
  7. I also took my first 7000 trip. The cars are depressingly similar on a side exterior view. The ends are nice though and they dont feel like a standard cta car looking at the ends. The interior is not bad. I love the seats please sign these guys up for an extended contract. The seats are wide, the backs are straight. The seating arrangement is much better than the 5000s. I laughed cause the aisle facing seats at the car ends has a bar to keep a homeless person from laying down. The bar needs to be bigger, it's too small. While it has some differences and new tech it's still just the standard ct
    2 points
  8. You know what would be cool is if they extended the east 63rd branch down to the metra electric and turned it north onto its structure. It could go to 59th or points north and serve many great attractions. MSI, hyde park 53rd, the U of C,. Stony Island, the future Obama library (although that might be a little walk) north hyde park (kenwood academy) condos along 51st/Cornell, the beach. I'm surprised the cta is not tapping into that. It could also serve as a connector for the metra electric. That's alot of people from the south side.
    2 points
  9. Potbelly & Chik-Fil-A are in the Page Bros. Building which is landmarked, as it's one of the few cast iron front buildings left downtown. The cast iron front is on the Lake St. side, as they though Lake was going to be the main shopping street downtown in the 19th Century.
    2 points
  10. It's the LEDs themselves that do that. If you look closely at them with your eyes you can see them stutter a little bit. Use exposure time of 1/60 to get the signs to come out clear. The problem is that you need to be in a lower light environment so that the photo doesn't come out too bright. Phone cameras can't accomplish this.
    2 points
  11. Another reason why the 6400s should've been the vaccine buses!
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  12. Nothing on the tracker right now (for 6400s)
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  13. Oh yessirre that look is hot πŸ”₯
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  15. Well if 77th was loaning to 103rd for a morning piece you gotta remember 77th is more likely to have spare equipment in the morning as a PM heavy garage. Thats partially why they ended up taking the Metra Shuttles. That’s how I’ve always seen loans happen since high school. 103rd has always borrowed from 77th mainly durijg mornings cause their AM requirements are a bit higher than the PM. If anything there used to be a 3 way dependency, 74th was involved in frequent loaning to 7 and 03 (also had to help out with 108 in the mornings) but that ended when decrowding put an end to the wild interli
    1 point
  16. So let me get this straight, we were short buses yesterday for the PM school runs but they we're able to help out 103rd today, ahh the operations puzzle me at times.
    1 point
  17. Fun or mental?😁
    1 point
  18. I'm a gay man and I understood what @NewFlyerMCI meant. No offense taken. It would be cool for the cars to run on all of the lines, though. I think the same about the art cars. Valley Metro commissions a local artist to do a light rail wrap every year. It's very cool to see it flying down the middle of the street whether you are in Central Phoenix, Downtown Tempe, or the East valley.
    1 point
  19. I can't speak for him, but I think his intent was getting those cars with that wrap on other lines besides the Red because there are "gays" all over the city. I don't think his intent was to stereotype. If anything, putting those wraps on the Red Line could be stereotypical because Lakeview was also known as Boystown is a known "gay community " The wraps are probably for a limited time so it's not really important.
    1 point
  20. Dont get why they want to do this. The station is already accessible. There are plenty of stops that could use the attention and money to at least get them to an accessible state. Looking at the project, I cant help but notice the canopies again. It's good cause it gives the station more natural light. Seems funny seeing a new station on such old structure. (1893 era)
    1 point
  21. Couldn't snap a picture but 700 is wearing a full body ad wrap for Pure Michigan. Spotted it parked along the 79th fence at SS.
    1 point
  22. Actually yes it does, but it's still a free transfer between the Loop L and the State Lake station (I assume the northern fare entrance. You tap your Ventra card but it doesn't deduct anything. It works the same at the south end of the Red and Blue Line Jackson stations and the Library State/Van Buren.
    1 point
  23. State/lake elevated station in design, and making progress. CTA press release: https://www.transitchicago.com/mayor-lightfoot-cdot-and-cta-unveil-design-for-state-of-the-art-fully-accessible-new-state-and-lake-cta-station/
    1 point
  24. 1/60 is the maximum for the 7000s.
    1 point
  25. 1/80 to 1/100 are ideal settings to capture the LED destination sign and those are for Manual [M] settings on most digital cameras. Most photographers are used to [and comfortable] utilizing presets on their digital camera, so this could be a great opportunity to getting familiar with using Manual [M] settings. It takes getting used to, but once familiar, Manual [M] could become a favorite [and preferred] setting.
    1 point
  26. Lol that's kinda interesting I never even knew that. But I did know that 10 codes do exist I am mostly used to 10-4 though but cool. So they donig a 10- 24 for 1024 to the garage
    1 point
  27. And as you noted wrightwood is far enough west to be more of the metra alternative if people were to seek metra as a better option. Even the ME would probably see a better pick up considering it’s further from the red line and also reaches much of downtown but I’ll avoid becoming Mike Payne not am I advocating for killing the LSD express as a trade off for it πŸ˜‚
    1 point
  28. Right you would’ve thought Rahm was cta president the way he was quick to put his face on everything
    1 point
  29. Does he not realize that politics really play a role in transit operations? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    1 point
  30. Here's a photo I took where the signs came out slightly better.
    1 point
  31. Yea 8135 was just a bus that 7 went & snatched for a run
    1 point
  32. Now gone head change your name to NephewMCI πŸ˜‚
    1 point
  33. If it’s police related 31st might be the closest they can stage police buses to help control crowds of kids messing up downtown every Saturday night
    1 point
  34. As of yesterday. Here's a video from yesterday.
    1 point
  35. Ok. There we have it. Will Punk only run one test set or will they dare try running rwo?
    1 point
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  37. 6 still got some FG novas & do 6 be helping 7 run the 79 cuz 1 of 6 buses pulled in with a sign saying 79 to western 0521212343.mp4
    1 point
  38. Dam I just see 38 yesterday & I was always thinking that the 600's was gone be a issue
    1 point
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  40. Saw #6861 westbound on the #92, and #6871 WB on #84 this morning on my way to work.
    1 point
  41. I wouldn't say that necessarily because #700 & #701. It just depends on the situation and what's is needed to be used for training for the day. I wish my group could of gotten trained on the 700s back in 2019 but the eclectic buses weren't the standard for us at the time. #7900-#7901 will still get used just like any other series.
    1 point
  42. Yes to all of the above. You'd think 3 agencies are bad. Try 27. The problem with the status quo is that the networks are balkanized to the degree that you can't move from one mode to the next without double paying or taking a transfer penalty (never mind the scheduling, which was a big problem prior to this past March where if you missed a train, it's an hourish wait). I'll defer to the fare chart on that website that it should straighten out the ideal approach for fares, although more tweaks should help. A better Clipper Card and some governance reform may make the status quo bette
    1 point
  43. I wear mines cuz we out there on the road can can get smacked real quick
    1 point
  44. All are on an incline not far from overpasses too. So a few additional stairs. It's good for physical fitness. Cta riders are probably fitter than all these lazy auto drivers.
    1 point
  45. Looking at the 22 least busiest stations in the system (Feb 2021), the lion's share of them are on the Green & Purple Lines. Broken down, they distribute as: Green: 9 (Ridgeland, Oak Park, SSE, except for 47th & A/63rd) Purple: 7 (all Evanston stops except for Davis) Yellow: 1 (Oakton) Blue: 3 (Racine, Montrose, Oak Park) Pink: 1 (Kostner) Brown: 1 (Rockwell) Adjusting for Feb 2020, they distribute as such: Green: 12 (SSE, California, Laramie, Conservatory) Purple: 6 (all Evanston stops except Davis & Main) Yellow: 1 (Oakton
    1 point
  46. Naw 7 need to come get those bounce houses on wheels & give us are artics some artics back in return πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    1 point
  47. To @NewFlyerMCIpoint, Xcelsiors ARE New Flyers. The Nova design is virtually unchanged. The specs CTA has almost make it impossible for anyone other than New Flyer or Nova to have a chance to win. On the one hand, having a homogeneous fleet has benefits in terms of training, parts. But if something major happens luke with the NABIs, you have a big problem. Fortunately for CTA, they were already receiving New Flyer artics when the NABIS went down Heck, Southwest Airlines has all Boeing 737s, and the MAX fiasco almost made them start to order Airbus planes. Would i like to se
    1 point
  48. There are actually two 151 routes. The short one out of K & goes to just Belmont/Halsted is fairly normal. But the long 151, out of North Park, goes through Uptown & the ride between Sheridan & Pine Grove to Sheridan/Foster has some of the most burned out people in the city! That two mile stretch has people too addled to figure out how to use a fare card, let alone how to think & breathe. Booze, drugs & serious mental illness are the problems there & then they get on the bus & make their problems your problems.
    1 point
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