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  1. 5 points
    @Mr.cta85 I was actually just in the process of typing this when I saw your post. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking of Busjack today. It has now been six months since Busjack last posted on here, so I feel this tribute is in order. Busjack was a pillar of the community since the very beginning of this forum in 2005. He authored over 20,000 posts, which is nearly 20% of the posts on this site to date. Almost everyone here had some interaction with him, as it was rare to find a discussion that he wouldn’t participate in. His expertise, sense of humor, and attention to the goings-on at CTA, Metra, and Pace drove many of the discussions here. Whenever a legal question would arise, he could be relied upon to provide the answer. Although we often disagreed, Busjack influenced my perspective and broadened my knowledge on many topics. Thank you, @Busjack. I sincerely hope you are doing well.
  2. 5 points
    Exactly. What 5750 is refusing to acknowledge is the fact that while FG has their fair share of busy routes, outside of Milwaukee their service being dedicated towards north and northwest service means they put less wear and tear per mile compared to the other garages that all do downtown service which means more costly deadheads especially for routes with peak heavy demand and end up pushing up and down the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Lake shore constantly. Therefore the current fleet allotments make sense. Same thing for the artic assignments. Kedzie has mainly peak only demand for artics outside of 151 and 12 on weekends and therefore have the oldest artics
  3. 4 points
    @NewFlyerMCI @Mr.cta85 I found them... I managed to catch the accountant for Speedy Gonzales Landscaping and he said the owners were planning to sell them for scrap. Maybe I'll try and speak to the owners themselves at some point.
  4. 4 points
    Took a ride on Route 603 to Elgin on Friday and photographed Pace 2738 at the Elgin Transportation Center.
  5. 3 points
    The Random CTA topic was inexplicably deleted a few weeks ago, so this topic is probably best for “random” observations for the reason given by @YoungBusLover.
  6. 3 points
    The ac on the Novas at least the 7900s is terrible. They would be better off with the windows open. Can you imagine a warm place like Miami with these buses? You would have a revolt. I havent been on the 8325s please tell me they fixed the ac??? Sorry guys if I've been away been working my butt off. I got a cdl now and I'm driving buses. I dont know if I should come to the cta but I might be interested in them or working for Pace. Been trying to figure out Pace starting pay but it's like a a classified secret. I think cta pays better though. I'm trying to collect a hiring bonus where I drive but they give it in installments but when they are through I'll be ready to roll somewhere else.
  7. 3 points
    You are forgetting two things here. First, FG had a practically new fleet of Novas when they received late 6700 and 6800s when they were new. Later, they got more young 6700s from C and had all of the 6700 and 6800s along with some 6000s. They did, at the time, have a pretty new fleet there. Second, along with North Park, FG is an outdoor facility. It makes a little more sense to store new stuff inside as opposed to outside at those 2 garages. Sounds like a good reason to me that the older stuff is there. Actually, myself, I'd rather ride on Flyers vs Novas. Although the Novas may ride a little smoother, they are so damn uncomfortable. FG is probably better served with older Flyers over the newer 8325s anyday.
  8. 3 points
    I've been saying it for years as long as the buses are maintained properly what is your point about bringing up seven buses possibly getting moved, FG has always maintained there aging fleets well over the last 15 years or so and whether or not certain drivers don't like it along with certain residents of the far northwest side don't like it, if you want newer novas so bad how about you get on the phone with the CTA higher brass and ask them about it but if not just give it a rest. Buses age fast especially on poorly maintained infrastructure that currently exists in Chicago. The newer equipment that you desperately crave will soon end up like the rest of the current fleet in a year or so. Its more about principal and equality to you than anything else when it comes to the northwest side getting new equipment. However, the current fleet that FG has seems to be doing just fine. Now what the future may hold is unknown but please give it a rest,we get it but there's nothing any of us can do to fix this problem that has existed for decades now.
  9. 3 points
    Or you can move somewhere that has them since you're that pressed about it. You're the only one left on here still pushing the issue 🤧
  10. 3 points
    Apparently, they meant sick
  11. 3 points
    Tracked down two more Pace Heritage wraps today. First is Pace 6567 (Nortran) not 6571 as originally stated. Then drove down to Oak Park and photographed Pace 6360 (West Towns). Very productive day to say the least.
  12. 3 points
    Two of my friends happened to photograph two of the Pace Heritage wraps. Don Ellison photographed Pace 6770 in Waukegan. Joe Goryl photographed Pace 2825 at Midway.
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  14. 2 points
    This forum doesn't have enough discord?
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  17. 2 points
    I am not impressed too much by how they are actually doing this. They should have just wrapped these buses in the old colors instead of hurting your eyes looking at windows inside windows that aren't there. The pic of 6360 above may be the best looking of any done. Also, the most obvious wrap missing ???...the original Pace white livery !! Each garage should have one of those too !!
  18. 2 points
    CPD has a mid 5300-5400 series and CFD has #6163
  19. 2 points
    I agree; what a ridiculous argument! 😂 There's literally 1,000+ D40LFs in the CTA system right now. Whether people like it or not they make the MAJORITY of the CTA fleet.
  20. 2 points
    Yes, rehabilitated buses that make up the backbone of the CTA fleet, the premier workhorse that every garage has, and that's a bad thing? Methinks you only want FG to be only buses numbered 8200-8349 🤣
  21. 2 points
    Yea but only 7 of them CLEARLY Forest Glen didn’t want the other 18 of them so they sent them to 103rd for way better buses.....FLYERS I’ll be surprised if FG doesn’t get rid of the 7 8325’s they have left since K has 8342 chances are medium for FG to send 8343-8349 to K so they can pair up with 8342
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  23. 2 points
    By the way, Forest Glen has the newest Novas as well. Yet people still complain. Isn't that funny?
  24. 2 points
    You said the West Side has a bunch of 7900s and doesn't need any more. I am only using your reasoning to say the same thing about the NW side.The 6400s ru just fine. Remember they were also on the South and West sides.
  25. 2 points
    "...boxes from Kustom Seating Unlimited of Bellwood wait patiently." Sticking with the vintage models, I assume. Speaking of vintage, their website is a doozy.
  26. 2 points
    Exactly, I've been on nearly all of the southside routes and throughout the years I haven't seen much of a repave on most of the major streets unless there in small 1 to 2 miles sections. Living right around Ashland near 95th is a nightmare, from 95th all the way down to maybe Belmont is nothing but rough roads and untreated pothole cities, there's a one mile stretch that did get a recent repave a few years back from 71st to 63rd and that is nearly back to the same old rough terrain that it once was, the 8000's take one hell of a beating on Ashland but that's just one of many routes where buses take a beating. I remember riding #6877 on route 54A a few months ago and the ride felt as if the bus was brand new based on the roads itself along with the moderate condition of the bus, riding along Skokie blvd felt like I was riding on cloud 9 vs riding on Route 9.
  27. 1 point
    I wouldn't mind speaking to them as well, are they in running condition is my biggest concern.
  28. 1 point
    You should really check out the first page bud...... "To ask this question, so I don't go off-topic in another thread, I thought I'd create this one... Today, I boarded CTA Bus #6102 operating the #152. It sounded different than usual. Noiser and more turbo sound on acceleration. Anyone else know if this bus just has a bad exaust system, a turbo system added or turned on in the Detroit Series-50 engine on it, or has it been fitted with a Cummins C8.3 engine? The sound reminded me vaguely of a Cummins C8.3 6300-Series bus(noisy engine + turbo sound during acceleration). You may use this thread to share stories about a ride on the CTA Buses/Trains, but please watch your words(The CTA has many people that anger us, both Operators and Passengers, but we must keep a civil tone here)!!! No personal attacks: Hateful language and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by Kevin(Taken from Kevin's posting guidelines). I'm sure this means swear words too, so let's try to keep swear words to a minimum!"
  29. 1 point
    That's North Shore.
  30. 1 point
    In the summer of 1995, GPTC started a Route 3 Ridge Road Connection express Route between IU Northwest in Gary and Hammond Clinic in Munster. It connected with Hammond Route 5 at Indianapolis Blvd (at Ultra Foods) and Route 1 at Hammond Clinic. For a couple of years there were two routes designated with "3". How? GPTC was still running the "Georgia Delaware" route in the city of Gary until 1997 when they made some service changes, eliminating "Georgia Delaware" and adding the South Broadway Express, which extened service into Merrillville and Crown Point. This is when GPTC started using route numbers in their destination signs, i.e. "17 S. Bdwy Exp, 35th to 93rd". None of the destination signs buses before the 1995 Flex buses could handle route numbers.
  31. 1 point
    Are they like those vacuum toilets on airplanes? Every time I use them I press the button and then cover my ears ASAP.
  32. 1 point
    I did report it to the Forest Glen Garage Manager after noticing it. @Mr.NewFlyer1051, I am just stating what my observations were, I don't think the "Mr. Know It All" line was called for.
  33. 1 point
    That last major schedule change about a year and a half ago increased service to 20 minutes during the day through Hyde Park. This also eliminated the South Chicago and Blue Island Loop trains at night. Part of the South Chicago Loop elimination was incorporated to the 20 minute thing as it was desired that night trains go thru from Randolph Street to 93rd Street. Its silly because the South Chicago trains are basically empty at night. This also created hardship on riders from the south suburbs as their schedules were changed to accommodate the Hyde Parkers. It is all believed that all of this nonsense was requested (more like demanded) by Preckwinkle. Of course the Policalness of the Board agreed and, well, messed up an efficient adequate schedule of service as well as created the illusion of a need for longer trains. Everyone lost some type of service in this fiasco, EXCEPT those in Hyde Park who have basically shied away from Metra service in recent years due to fare increases. You can get where you want on the CTA for 1/2 of what you can on Metra, and the public pretty much figured it out. It is no surprise that this same group of people now want CTA fares in the area too. All in all, not a good thing and it has hurt ridership there more than helped it.
  34. 1 point
    Actually, all facilities except FV are looking for drivers and some mechanics. Wonder why the turnover all of a sudden? Are the old Nabis running folks away? They also better figure out the a/c soon, it's supposed to be really hot tomorrow and then again this weekend.
  35. 1 point
    6224 and 6257 on 332 with workubf air today .
  36. 1 point
    Which as a well.taken care of and reliable model is better than the former arrangement
  37. 1 point
    Found this photo on Facebook. Posted by Karthik Parvathinathan. Cannot make out the number.
  38. 1 point
    My guess would be power cutoff. I don't think the CTA has the ability to cutoff power for just one track, power probably has to be cutoff for the entire stretch(both tracks) they are working at.
  39. 1 point
    What's funny is that they're programmed for the 90N. I think I was still living in Chicago last time that route was around
  40. 1 point
    Get a job at the CTA.
  41. 1 point
    And I said "sorry if it came out as "rude". Now I'm offended cause you didn't read that close enough 😂
  42. 1 point
    Conspiracy theory: All 6400s are sent to FG because they're the only garage that can properly maintain them
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  44. 1 point
    Another advantage is they give people on this forum something to argue about.
  45. 1 point
    I was thinking, if dwell time is a problem on artics the only sensible reason would be the fact that the back doors take a few seconds to close. To my knowledge both the 66 and 79 used just 4000's. As a frequent rider of artics i noticed 4300's doors close faster than the 4000's ones. Is it possible that 4000's are the only buses causing dwell time problems? If so almost all of the 4300's could move to 77th and Chicago which have the heaviest routes and the rest at the other garages where they might be needed. Here is my idea of the garage assignments it could go down any way but this is one option I think would work 103rd: 4312-4316 NP: 4317-4322, 4324-4327, 4370-4379 Chicago: 4328-4332, 4334-4349 77th: 4301-4311, 4350-4369, 4380-4399
  46. 1 point
    all the buses that are out now are the same? I understand we had the NABIs, we have Novas and the new Flyer and all 3 are different makes but they are the same to me. All of them are low floor, DEF/regenerated buses with the same personality. Before, all buses had their own distinctive personality and look. GM and Flxibles were similar but very different..slanted windows, fishbowl front, slanted back....but the engines sound different, print scheme diffeent....etc. flyers had their own look. The MAN Americana to me was a box bus, the RTS TMC was a bus I thought was famous because you saw them in New York tv shows and they were very uncomfortable in the rear with no space because of the rear wheel well. The 5300, 5400 and 5500 series new Flxibles were great! I called those the bouncy buses because every time they run over a smooth hump or hard bump they bounce up and down for several seconds. Made weird sounds doing it at times as well. The breaks wouldn't release right away when the a/c was on...I think that's how all the newer Flx were. 5545 or some number, the destination sign code was different...the route number was bigger. The front sign wasn't in sync with the overhead sign on the passenger side. 5740-5764 all used the Alcoa aluminum rims, 5765-5769 all had the exhaust pipe underneath the bus....5745-5764 had a cut in the rear floor on the left side for some reason, a cummins sticker near the front door, there were other differences. I can't renember...6000 series had a more straight rear end and not slanted, yellow door handles for the front door and one entire vent piece on the rear wall, the seating was different than the 5000s... The new buses look the same and are boring to me
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