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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. I want them gone 😅, I hated having them on the 4 and 79 during the winter and spring pick, they're so slow and the 40 footers that are out there with me would always hang behind me.
    2 points
  7. Nah I hope they keep them lol 77th is a spoiled garage when it comes to their fleet. A few yrs back 77th operators complained about artics being on 79th and that’s when they had the upper 4300’s for a short time but they didn’t want to drive them on 79th and eventually they got their wish lol. Due to the pandemic of course they came back and they need to stay there lol.
    2 points
  8. 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
  9. 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.
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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Yea I had 1635 today on the 7
    1 point
  13. I was told by a Metra exec, they are seriously thinking of service every half hour middays on the UPN soon. They are also want to eliminate the 2 hour break in service each morning on the UPN, since that's a vestige of when both Tempel Steel & S&C Electric had freight service from the Northwestern. There's isn't any freight traffic on the UPN south of Lake Bluff anymore, because the service out of the North Ave. Yard is totally on its own track, east of the tracks Metra uses. Those few freight cars that go in & out of North Ave., are brought in overnight & never interfere w
    1 point
  14. Oh, yes. Kedzie did receive or is receiving the 1200s and 1700s in small grouplets now. The 1230-1246 (except possibly 1236, which may still be at FG) grouplet and the 1703-1709 grouplet are now at K (and these grouplets include buses that have already been at K for a few months prior to the latest moves). This is because the UofC is reducing its operations for the summer (with the 171 and the 172 being reduced to weekday-rush-only operation until Fall); therefore, 103rd needs fewer 40-foot buses than what it had prior to this weekend. And NP received the upper 4100s and the 4200s from bo
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  15. It's beginning to take shape I honestly think Kedzie and NP will get there artics back.
    1 point
  16. Yeah I figured the shifting would begin this weekend.
    1 point
  17. I would say CTA might as well buy new artics for the other garages: 103rd, Kedzie, & North Park. My personal 2 cents.
    1 point
  18. Chiming in to say the artics need to remain at 77th. I shall never be dissuaded!
    1 point
  19. There is a planning committee meeting on Tuesday (Agenda, attached). Public comments due COB on 6/21.
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  20. No, I think he was saying he operates them two days out of the week. I currently operate the 2 and they don't use artics.
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  21. Yeah I'm just as lost as you are, my first thought was maybe 103rd is short but that doesnt seem to be the case, I know were short for sure at least for the pm rush periods but my only other guess is mileage swapping going on although C and K didn't receive anything back in return. I think the bigger piece to the puzzle is the #4000s and dormant #6400s, will they get moved or stay put? So far this month C has lost quite a few buses to Covid19 prep and 103rd. How many more will they lose?
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  22. Metra shuttles are the 120-125. Since 77th was likely not as busy for the AM rush that is why they took on those routes to ease the strain on the garage before them. As far as everything at 95th being one group, the period after the 2010 cuts led to LOTS of route sharing and huge amounts of interlining. Anything coming into 95th red rarely came out on the same route even on a Sunday. 134 and 143 each borrowed a run from the 26 in the AM, and there was the infamous 145/148 combo. The decrowding plan basically solved a lot of operationally inefficiencies, yes the buses and trains were still crow
    1 point
  23. Purple and yellow will probably be tested simultaneously with a 6 on the purple and 2 sets of 2 on the yellow as was done with the 5000s
    1 point
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. I wonder when the #600s will start running on the weekend???
    1 point
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. I disagree with the Pink Line. That is just promoting gay stereotypes. Gay men are no more likely to prefer pink over straight men.
    1 point
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Love it!! Thanks for posting about this.
    1 point
  35. 1/60 is the maximum for the 7000s.
    1 point
  36. 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
  37. 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 😂
    1 point
  38. Right you would’ve thought Rahm was cta president the way he was quick to put his face on everything
    1 point
  39. Does he not realize that politics really play a role in transit operations? 😂😂😂😂😂😂
    1 point
  40. Here's a photo I took where the signs came out slightly better.
    1 point
  41. Now gone head change your name to NephewMCI 😂
    1 point
  42. 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
  43. As of yesterday. Here's a video from yesterday.
    1 point
  44. Ok. There we have it. Will Punk only run one test set or will they dare try running rwo?
    1 point
  45. 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
  46. As of 4pm, same 3 buses 6861 (77), 6869 (56), 6877 (91) are now out. Sounds like it's just these 3 for now running out on afternoon runs, but things might change on Monday but we'll find out. Also I'm thinking they won't run this weekend yet
    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. Have you ever worked for CTA,CPD,CFD and or any city agency? You seem to have no real idea as to what's really bad and what's really good when you make remarks like that. A lot of these areas you mention have hardworking citizens with a few bad apples in it but what areas don't? Have you traveled the city enough through the areas you say you'd never go to and see firsthand what's really going on? I don't want to assume your race/age but you're way out of touch in my opinion when you spew this blasphemy across the forums.
    1 point
  49. The darn things aren't built (and four years out) and we're speculating over car #'s....
    1 point
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