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  1. 6 points
    Cermak (22nd Street) was originally #22 in the original scheme. 21 was Fulton/21st. Clark/Wentworth was Thru-Route 22, which was a different series, and local Clark and Wentworth cars were considered 2, This was soon seen as a problem. So Cermak became 21, Clark/Wentworth kept 22, and Fulton/21st was renumbered 15, which had been its old Thru-route number. This is also why Canal-Wacker bus became 15, as it partially replced the Fulton/21st carline.
  2. 6 points
    The low 7900's that went back to 77th is not even true lol. 1st its only 2 buses we got from 77th which are 7903-04. Which are both at 103rd. All garages have rehabbed 1000 series so I don't see the unfairness there neither unless you wanna mention them having the oldest nf but so does my garage but still irrelevant cause they're all rehabbed. I was the 1 who said FG might lose their Novas in exchange for flyers but that doesn't mean it's going to happen lol. I have my reasons as to why I said it but I wont speak on it to just to avoid the back and forth. But currently as I said more than a few times at this point, FG still has 89 new novas so why are you guys still upset? I get the 6400's are still there but they're also on the way out. It's a reason FG have the fleet they have. You a former Operator I'm assuming from that garage so you know just as well as I do how different things are from the North and South side of the city. Kedzie and NP dont have Novas at all but you dont hear anybody on their behalf upset like you and Bus Hunter. Bus Hunter dont even ride public transit so I definitely dont see his reasons lol. He mad about the "lack of new buses" when he riding past people at the bus stop in his personal vehicle 🤔🤔😄😄 come on. Its Novas all across the city now. I feel all garages should get 60 a piece but since that's not the case as of yet FG still have 89 in comparison to our lil 20 so yea.
  3. 6 points
    Where did I swing at you? I didn't. No insults, name calling, personal shots. I ve respected your opinions which I ve stated which ones I agreed and disagreed. Bottom line is CTA will do as they please and our opinions don't matter. As long as I have decent bus service in my neighborhood, I won't complain about old buses serving my neighborhood. Last thing is when you speak, whether verbal or written, you should expect a response to your statement. If you want your opinions respected, respect others. Disagreement is not swinging at you.
  4. 6 points
    Here are shots of 8337 working Belmont and 8341 working Addison
  5. 6 points
    GUYS!!! Just caught #8347 on the #76!!!! A rare catch! The 8325s are now in service!
  6. 6 points
    Okay how did this turn into a rehash of the Gray Line proposal that is long dead? The costs outweigh the benefits, so please let it stay dead and in the graveyard where it belongs. Geez. As pointed out by Busjack himself, he only quoted those numbers to highlight how little the demand is for current ME services that the Gray Line would replace.
  7. 6 points
    Rumor has it that effective 4/2/17, 98th St Yard will temporarily close due to construction of the 95th St Station and Red South equipment will be stored at 63rd/Ashland Yard and restore some Red trains via Green from Howard to 63rd/Ashland as well as to 95th St. Certain weekend closures of 95th with trains and buses going to 87th St. Could anyone shed some light into this?
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    Just a guess... If you have time, take a look at CTA roll signs for sale on eBay, past and present. In most cases, there's a barcode printed on the side of the roll sign that scrolls along with the destination. During normal operation, the train operator uses the two destination knobs in the cab to select a destination. A scanner of some sort picks up what sign is being displayed by the barcode. If the barcode that is being scanned matches the selection, the motors that change the destination stop moving and all is good. In some cases dirt or other crud gets stuck on the barcode and that's what causes some to behave erratically (may be why some destination signs are blank). However, there are other cases of undesired moving signs: I remember @briman94 discovering that the roll signs on the 3200s move when some operators use abnormal methods to override the ATC penalties without use of the ATC bypass mode. The signs would move out of place, and then move back to their normal position (Kimball or Loop). On some 2400s, getting temporarily gapped at railroad crossings (like on the Purple and Yellow Lines) would cause the roll sign units to start scrolling in a direction (I'm not sure if it's the same direction every time). After the train contacted the third rail again, the signs would scroll back to their selected position. I have personally witnessed this on the Skokie Swift, and there is a video of a Purple Line set of 2400s exhibiting this behavior.
  10. 6 points
  11. 6 points
    Oh man, you in it for a real treat @BusHunter!!! #8240 #8241 #8242 #8243 #8244 #8247 #8248 #8250 #8251 and #8252 have arrived!!!! Also, bonus shots of the actual engine without the mesh and #8252's decals on the left!!!!
  12. 5 points
    There's a nice feature called "search for" on google maps........Blue Island and 23rd Street/Paulina
  13. 5 points
    Let's do some math. There are 450 7900 series Novas split among 5 garages. Split evenly, each garage would have 90 of those buses. We know this: 103rd has 20 77th has 98 74th has 100 FG has 89 C has 143 With the exception of 103rd being way below average and C being way above average, the other garages are near the average allotment. Based on those numbers, no one can reasonably say FG got shafted (103rd only has 20).
  14. 5 points
    I'm not whining about anything. YOU are! FG has 89 new Novas and you're still not happy. Not only are you not happy about FG having 89 new Novas, YOU are constantly whining about what's on the South and West Sides. You can't say this is political because Rahm isn't running for reelection and this move happened just before election day. Without directly saying it, you are expressing your opinion, feelings, that CTA (by extension the Mayor's Office) caters to the predominately Black residents of the South and West Sides for political votes. Your posts concerning the 5000s further prove that point. I've never disagreed with you that 8200 - 8349 ALL should be at FG and CTA should be making a concerted effort to get as many 6400s off the street as it can. But I'm tired of reminding you that during the '70s, '80s, '90s, and the 6000s at 74th in the 2000s, it wasSouth Side garages getting the shaft. Every garage has some old equipment sometimes. Even NP, which seemingly has the best equipment, was the last garage to retire the MAN Americanas and the 7000 and 7100 and 7300 series MAN artics. They were pretty much the last to retire the 4400s. So please relax! The 6400s will eventually be gone.
  15. 5 points
    Perception is everything. Back in 1982 when I was living in New York, the newest buses were brand-new RTS's with hard plastic seats. One day instead we got an elderly 1964 fishbowl that had upholstered seats as it had been a Staten Island Express bus, but had now been degraded to an unassigned "shop spare". Now most people by then in New York had never seen a bus with upholstered seats, and two behind me were saying how nice it was to get a new bus with such nice seats. Most people have no concept as to how old a bus they are getting on is. A more comfortable but much older bus is seen as an improvement.
  16. 5 points
    I doubt that the vast majority of riders is at all concerned about the age of the buses. Even with the most elderly equipment in the system, the operators and technicians at FG still manage to provide a safe, reliable ride from Point A to Point B. I think that's all that matters. Seems to me that Artthouwill, Sam92, and Mr.cta85 have all offered convincing reasons why things are as they are. Incidentally, I'm a North Sider and a onetime CTA bus pilot: 1969-76, FG and NP. BusHunter and CTA 5750, I understand your feelings, too, but like I said, I don't think that most riders really care.
  17. 5 points
    That's for the mods to tell me not you.
  18. 5 points
    The situation has been reversed. That is the part you are in denial about. Other posters and I have pointed out the history that you choose to ignore. It's okay for other garages but not FG, even though to this point, the newest buses are at FG.
  19. 5 points
    Whenever those who put the hard work to maintain them get time from stuff like jobs and everyday family life. Though you're welcome to start one up too if the update happening soon is important enough for ya.
  20. 5 points
    That's all that's needed.... just the link, not the whole "search and find" rapport. I've been away on a live feed for quite some time, hence my long period of absence. And I've learned on that feed that working with the Moderators and various people who stop to chat that working together and helping when someone asks a question or is unsure makes a happier, more productive chat(or in this case, forum). We would post links and direct them to the links that were available when needed rather than just say "find it yourself". Being helpful to the follow chatter(or in this case, poster) goes a long way. Let's work together and help each other!
  21. 5 points
    Just passed #6729 on route #626 and it's now wrapped like the I-90 buses with the Pace Express logo on its side.
  22. 5 points
    Meet Emily! Tuesday afternoon, Skokie Shops.
  23. 5 points
    Here is a photo of CTA 4374 taken at Jefferson Park earlier today.
  24. 5 points
    It's all part of the plan to reduce crowding. Children will see that thing and run away crying.
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    Here is the flyby video for this week (5-2-17) I also took a couple shots at street level of the future station house as well as a closeup of the new staircase just added this week on the NB platform. I also took a shot of the elevator and station construction so far.
  27. 5 points
  28. 5 points
    This is a manufacturing plant, so I'm too sure that security will be available to greet individuals that attempt to make that unauthorized move. One a brighter note, here are more views of the revised rendering of the 7000-series
  29. 5 points
    Historical item - a while back somebody asked if there was a list of CTA bicentennial buses. Well, there is. Attached is a bus and rail list. Bus list should have included one additional bus, done late 1976 after list came out - 9040 - "Mom" Rinker.
  30. 5 points
    The notices are posted! The Transfer Bridge is now gone! The old station house will be out of revenue service on September 26th! Evanston-bound Purple Line Express will be the only service operating on the old infrastructure along track 4.
  31. 5 points
  32. 5 points
    So, do they want to trade some for some 6400s? I know where some are available.
  33. 5 points
    That was coming from one side of the equation though whom we've seen that type of thing from before and not all parties involved, so I think yes there still is an element of confusing the whole discussion with taking the whole thread south, in this case based on one individual's conduct. Telling that individual that their proposed idea causes more problems than are solved and is ultimately unworkable in the form presented is not being uncivil to that individual or committing any kind of personal attack. So again, let's not confuse Mr Payne's excessive passion for his ideas with everyone else stooping to the same level simply because they happened to disagree with his ideas and he himself can't separate disagreement with his ideas from a personal attack.
  34. 5 points
    It's not only a matter of buses being sufficient given the bus (#26) came after the train in that area. It's also the matter that the proposal as structured would leave CTA with having to work train schedules around the remaining Metra Electric Main Line and Blue Island Branch services and the South Shore Line. That's a headache from the start, and the current ridership on the South Chicago Branch makes it even more of an unneeded headache that CTA is best served steering far clear of. It's not worth the effort or money. There are a number of other reasons we discussed in past years of why this idea is flawed like CTA having to pay Metra for maintenance of the cars since these are Metra's cars starting out and obviously CTA maintenance personnel would have no experience fixing the cars. This is one of those ideas that sounds good on paper but in reality is impractical. As such folks just need to let this idea die and finally rest in peace for good.
  35. 5 points
    True it's still a Nova but would you want to be the first guy who scratches or damages one of the new buses after the garage just got them? He would never live that down from the other operators. Lol. Give it some time and they'll get comfortable with operating them a little quicker but still safe.
  36. 5 points
    Here it is guys! What the hell did they do to the seats though?!?!?! Also, notice the two stop requested buttons at the front (a very good idea for passengers who are senior citizens and disabled). There are 13 stop requested buttons total (7 on the right and 6 on the left) exclusively on the 8200s. I need to know the rest of the specs because these buses are not the same as 7900-8199. By the way, #8203 is also on #77.
  37. 5 points
  38. 4 points
    Also if you do your research all TA's tend to stick older equipment at garages with light service requirements this isnt just a cta thing
  39. 4 points
    Let's see. The Red Line South was in total disrepair and needed to be rebuilt, in part, because it was affecting North Side service as well. It also had a bunch of 2600s. But I suppose you think the south Siders should've kept them. The Green Line reopened in 1996 with ALL 2400s, which were the 2nd oldest cars in the fleet at that time, behind only the 2200s. Before the shutdown, the Green Line was saddled with the 2000s,which were even older than the 2200s. I suppose the West Siders shouldn't have new equipment either. The Brown Line was still running 6000s before retirement. Are Brown Line riders not entitled to newer equipment? Remember both the Brown and Orange were also passed over for 5000s. Add in the fact the Orange Line lost all of their 3200s to your Blue Line. But I guess it's okay for the southwestsiders to have them. The entire CTA system was dilapidated. With limited resource CTA has had to prioritize which projects were most urgent. While the Blue LineO'Hare branch did get some work, other lines needed the most attention, period. Now it's time for the Blue to get the attention.
  40. 4 points
    Replacing 100 pretty unreliable cars with 100 much more reliable ones improves things. Orange service is less stressful on equipment than Blue. In all everybody seems to come out ok.
  41. 4 points
    I hear Forest Glen is getting electric buses, too! I'm sorry. Sometimes I can't help myself.
  42. 4 points
    CTA 8499 was out today and was photographed by me at Jefferson and Harrison. If in wrong thread please correct.
  43. 4 points
  44. 4 points
    "Diverting" a bus to another route to fill a major gap is not unheard of. Was a lot more common years ago than now, but still done occasionally. In the late 60's it was an almost daily practice for instance to grab North Limiteds on their pullin trips after the AM rush to make a trip[ up Pulaski to Peterson as Pulaski had a tendency to have major service gaps in the morning. Strangest example I personally ever saw was one day about 1968 when Fullerton had some kind of electrical problem and the trolley buses were immobilized in the PM rush and service was being run entirely by diversions, including a Mack and a 100 presumably off Halsted and various propanes. However, this still occurs. I personally while out of 103rd made a trip on Grand from Navy Pier to Nordica and then on Fullerton from Nordica to Halsted one day about 5 years ago, with a 4000 no less.
  45. 4 points
    Here is the shot I had from a couple weeks ago as promised.
  46. 4 points
    Pretty lame. Has to do it the cable news way with ALERT ALERT ALERT or BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS and at least a crawl and a banner, such as _________________________________________________________ BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS 8306 is at the shop. REPORT: TRUMP IS A [fill in the blank with anything.] WOLF BLITZER INTERVIEWS BUS HAWK GARMON IN 1:42:11 ___________________________________________________________
  47. 4 points
    Howard has been a problem for DECADES. Two basic issues: 1) Some crews are supposed to turn the train around, while other trains are supposed to be laid up, but this is not what is done. When a train is supposed to be laid up and is turned instead, first you have to find a switchman to turn it, and this can take while. The other is that all trains going in the yard must be cleared out of bums, and this can be a long procedure. All this makes for delays, which is why sometimes trains are run into the SB platform. Also, this is why sometimes Evanston and Skokie trains leave from the SB platform. One thing about turnbacks - especially the last couple of years, CTA has been very strict about NOBODY rides a turnback move. Basically, because there were cases where somebody was left aboard a layup, and then there was a big hassle getting them out of the yard. So the rule was made very absolute - turnbacks MUST be emptied out.
  48. 4 points
    Introducing the new Wrigley Field Express wrap design. (Bus 6447)
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    #8220 #8221 #8222 #8223 #8225 #8226 and #8227 have arrived. #8023 will be resuming service tomorrow. #8211 #8213 #8216 #8217 #8218 and #8219 will arrive at Forest Glen tomorrow. I don't know what's the deal with #8212 and #8246 because they are still at the shop. Also, #8194 is at the shop but no timetable of beginning service so far.