Jump to content

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 06/13/20 in all areas

  1. 6 points
    You're free to state your opinions, but not free of the responses they may bring. Words have consequences. You went down a path of pretty much saying that because you were an operator you know what an operator could or should have done in accidents to which you had no true details about other than the end results. Given that each operator is different and not all accidents are the same, that's rather arrogant. So you can't be surprised that others who are current operators would be offended by that especially given that drivers of the other vehicles transit buses are sharing the road with are more reckless in their driving than operators contended with in the past. And yeah there is the fatigue factor that's quite possible since last pick, for which just about all fell under the state and city lockdown caused by COVID-19, operators had to contend with taking on the brunt of more work caused by a significant number of runs going unfilled when others were out due to calling out sick, taking personal days, or being out on vacations. On top of taking up the slack, this also resulted in dealing with the stresses of being berated and yelled at because of the big gaps in bus service that were happening on an increasing basis. Operators had also been dealing with more people riding the bus than actually should or might have been because of buses effectively being free due to the rear door boarding and CTA not putting the Ventra card readers at the rear doors as they said they would. Add to that being yelled at by riders already on the bus because they passed up riders at bus stops once their buses got too full as a result of the increased nonessential riding caused by the suspension of fare collection. That last part was in spite of CTA announcing several times over that buses are now to operate at reduced maximum passenger loads and that buses would become drop off only and run express should the reduced capacity be reached. Simply put the work environment is different than that from when you last worked for the agency, and that difference is large enough for you not to be able to say to present operator that you know what their individual responses could and should have been at the instant either of them experiences an accident especially when you have zero knowledge or evidence of the contributing factors were leading to the accident.
  2. 4 points
    I'm not the one that "feels attacked for my opinion". Obviously it's something you've been doing and I don't blame the other operators for jumping down your throat for your recent relatively garbage opinions on how every operator is automatically in the wrong just cause they dont drive like you. 🥴🤫 Last I checked you're a retired operator not the investigation team your input on what these operators were doing were pretty out of pocket
  3. 4 points
    Yeah that bus was still around and It was sitting back in the shops a day later. #8229 Looks like it was openned by a can opener, the roof is practically wide open. It is on legal hold along with #1883 and #1925 #8023 is on legal hold. Just remember #6031, its still on legal hold awaiting scrap and I feel like anything is possible for these buses to return but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. Also to cut down on all the speculation I went to boneyard yesterday afternoon and pretty much did an hour long walk through and took hundreds of photos and here's a few, I'll upload the rest in its entirety to my flicker account.. You'll notice a lot of new faces back there mixed in with the old ones.
  4. 4 points
    Last time I "saw" it on Maths22 was 13th Dec 2019.
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    Thursday I was on the 18 coming up to kedize & a woman on my bus fell having a seizure since my 3 year old daughter have them when she have a fever over & temp over 100 I knew exactly what to do I told somebody to turn hwr on her side while I raced her to Mount Sinai & when it slowed down me & another man ran her into the hospital I let my supervisor know what was going on & the game plan when we got there & he was ok with it even tho he said that I should have called it in but by me being a marine you dont leave nobody behind without help glad to say the woman pulled through went & checked on her after shift & she's going to be ok
  7. 3 points
    9/10 times if you feel like "everyone's against you" you're obviously doing something wrong 🥴🥴
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    Hello-- Apologies if this isn't the right place for this post. I'm a Chicago-based illustrator with an interest in history and transit (among other things, like architecture). I wanted to post this preview of a piece I'm making and see whether it checks out. I thought this might be the best community and thread for that. Mainly I'm curious to know if you see any errors? I couldn't include EVERY generation of surface transit, but wanted to get some of the major technological shifts. Thanks very much.
  10. 3 points
    Thank You!!! I will say whatever I want to say! Why some of you get off defensive about it instead of acting a bit more civilized, is beyond me! But whatever! Ill continue to post! Just keep in mind. You dont have to respond! No one is saying you have to!
  11. 3 points
    Let alone the oldest which would make the red line even more unreliable than it is. Do you have justification for 2600s aside from "I just wanna see new equipment at FG and Blue Line"? CTA already has done as much as they can to distribute new equipment where it belongs so unless you can pay for the comed bill to power newer equipment just gotta wait. 🤷 When the 7000's come in along with whatever comes in to replace 1000's and the rest of the 6400's the average fleet age will be relatively even across the city with them rotating equipment better
  12. 3 points
    You sound crazy as hell for that remark that operator wasn’t even charged to begin with and probably a better operator than you were. Just cause you never had a accident does not mean that this operator wasn’t a good, well trained, disciplined bus operator it just mean they reacted to the situation differently than how you think you would have smh. I’m real disappointed to see such comments coming from you especially a former operator who has the same training as we all did at Cta. I’m sure in your time at Cta you made mistakes so you don’t have the right to say such things when you know what you know about operating a bus and dealing with people from all walks of life.
  13. 3 points
    CTA's bus stop signs are, in my opinion, the best I've seen in the US. this is a nice enhancement to multi-route signs where the map is impractical.
  14. 3 points
    NB 52 buses say "KEDIZE" instead of Kedzie. I don't have a picture because I saw this while driving.
  15. 2 points
    Ah ok. For some reason I don't hit a paywall on Crain's on my phone. Basically, UP has notified Metra of a couple things. 1. If they win the lawsuit they will stop operating trains within 90 days. 2. Beginning August 1st (and continuing at set dates) UP will stop providing legal, claims, clerical, and mechanical/repair services for Metra. UP refused to share the statement to Metra with Crain's, but it sounds like there will be more news on this topic.
  16. 2 points
    Essentially yes they are trying to transfer operations to Metra. Metra would be responsible for equipment, maintenance, and personnel (engineers, conductors, ticket agents) UP would maintain responsibility for dispatching trains and track maintenance.
  17. 2 points
    The only garbage is what you keep writing to me! Your obviously too ignorant to understand other peoples opinions! Im glad you dont like what I have to say. Gives me more ammo!
  18. 2 points
    Let's just say it was off the books cant really go into details without incriminating myself
  19. 2 points
    No, you don’t 😂😂😂😂
  20. 2 points
    Oh, believe me, I dont get upset here! It takes way more than these responses to get me going!! But it does seem almost every post I make, regardless of the content, some on here cant hack it! So they feel they have to get defensive and in a couple of instances Ive been insulted on here! Im way better than that! I wont waste my time! I know I strike a few nerves on this site. But I dpnt have to agree with what everyone here says! I will say whats on my mind! Im an experienced bus operator myself, my dad was nearly 30 year veteran of CTA. Ive been around this agency almost my whole life. I pay attention! And I know some of how this agency operates and that they dont always play with a fair deck. Im not some outsider, Ive been out there, Ive taken the verbal abuse and dealt with the bad traffic and weather conditions. I have scars of my own!!! I know what I know from what Ive observed and experienced! So dont anyone lecture me here! But oh well! Ill just continue to post my opinions and thoughts I guess and If you dont like what I have to say, you dont have to respond OR insult!! Im respectful of others thoughts and opinions here. I may not always agree but I let people have their say and I should expect the same courtesy. If you dont like what i have to say.....Then Just Keep Scrolling or Just Move On! I wish some members on here would act a little more civilized and let people speak their minds! Isnt that what this site is for???
  21. 2 points
    Oh, believe me, I dont get upset here! It takes way more than these responses to get me going!! But it does seem almost every post I make, regardless of the content, some on here cant hack it! So they feel they have to get defensive and in a couple of instances Ive been insulted on here! Im way better than that! I wont waste my time! I was an experienced operator myself, my dad was nearly 30 year veteran of CTA. I know how this agency operates and they dont always play with a fair deck. Im not some outsider. Ive been out there, Ive taken the verbal abuse and dealt with the bad traffic and weather conditions. I have scars of my own!!! I know what I know from what Ive observed and experienced! So dont anyone lecture me here! But oh well! Ill just continue to post my opinions and thoughts I guess and If you dont like what I have to say, you dont have to respond or insult!! Im respectful of others thoughts and opinions here. I may not always agree but I let people have their say and I should expect the same courtesy. If you dont like what i have to say.....Then Just Keep Scrolling or Just Move On! I wish some members on here would act a little more civilized and let people speak their minds!
  22. 2 points
    I used to ride MLL most days in the mid 80s from my home near Lancaster Lane and Rockford Rd to where I worked at The Pillsbury Center. I recall it was 90 cents each way for which you could purchase tokens in advance. There were several branches around Plymouth. The buses made stops as far as Golden Valley then fast downtown via Hwy 55.
  23. 2 points
    thank you for sharing all of these pics of the bone yard
  24. 2 points
    The reason why artics dont use front street is due to not having enough room to make that quick right turn, the radius was deemed to tight by management so as you stated artics go directly to king drive and and continue northbound. So they have told all operators that are going to 115th in artics to layover on Cottage Grove at 115th and then continue in service.
  25. 2 points
    You certainly are allowed to state what’s on your mind, and at the same time, can’t be surprised when an obviously inflammatory remark draws an inflamed response
  26. 2 points
    Easy there!!! Im just stating my opinion! Arent I allowed to say whats on my mind?? Chill Bruh!!!
  27. 2 points
    🤔🤔🤔 so you saying operators just out here crashing into buildings for a reason?? I guess them being tired behind the wheel has nothing to do with it or perhaps a medical condition rather known or unknown, perhaps they got cut off by a reckless driver and crashed into the building to avoid hitting people on the street or vehicles in front or close by the bus. Maybe it was a crazy passenger on the bus who attacked the driver or grabbed the wheel trying to cause a accident. But you say otherwise it’s a conspiracy I guess smh.
  28. 2 points
    It's real bad. I thought CTA employees rode free.
  29. 2 points
    When I was a bus operator, I was always disgusted when someone would leave their Popeyes bag full of food scraps or chicken bones on the seat. I would be so irritated. I cant leave it on the seats for my next trip so I had no choice but to clean it up. But it would certainly piss me off! When I worked at Pace that was never an issue.
  30. 2 points
    It seems this is CTA’s new style of bus stop sign, I like it. Definitely easier to tell what routes are frequent/infrequent or more likely/less likely to be running at first glance.
  31. 2 points
    Yeah service levels are not even close to normal on a lot of routes as evidenced by all of NP's express routes operating with a significant number of 40 foot buses to varying degrees and depending on time of day. Heck the fact that NP lost so many artics is evidence that service levels are not normal. So trying to judge the new extensions of the 94 and 157 by the current ridership levels isn't the best move right now. As for destination signs, it doesn't look like the 157 signs changed yet. All the WB buses I observed today still were displaying the Ogden/California destination instead of the current Pulaski Pink Line destination the route is extended to for at least the next year.
  32. 2 points
    They didn't tell you they changed the street name too? 🥴🥴
  33. 2 points
    Makes sense considering 103rd and NP artics focus on going to and from downtown whereas 77th or Chicago has crosstown travel that they use artics on. Honestly the only thing out of 77th where 2-door makes sense applying your logic would be the 2 Hyde Park express which could be moved to 103rd therefore giving reason for exclu 3 door artics at 77th 🧐. Honestly the scheduling department can put in more work and this wouldn't be so hard
  34. 2 points
    I made this suggestion because I saw that NP lost many artics and sent them to C and 77th (if I understand correctly) and it seems like routes 22, 146, and 147 have some crowding issues due to their new abundance of 40-footers. I would not have made that suggestion if the pandemic didn't happen. I suggested 3-door artics to reduce dwell times on local routes, as that was previously a problem on the 66 and 79. I think all-door boarding would be nice, but there has to be a way to enforce it. Since you mentioned they would work better on some routes than others, I think NP and 103rd can have the 2-door artics, and the 3-door artics would be at the other garages.
  35. 2 points
    It's really annoyed me as off late, I've had the 3,4,8 and 79 last weekend and most recent was the 8 on Sunday, I kid you not two gentleman got on my bus with there bikes at 69th just to go to 63rd. Here's the kicker they both rode past me several times from 79th all the way to 69th and didnt even want to get on until that point. I was already 7 minutes down just from dealing with a lot people riding a few blocks in medium groups. I just dont understand the logic and mindset in some of our passengers who do that. I'm just happy I picked for this summer and I'm off most of the key routes that have 60 footers.
  36. 2 points
    One benefit of the extension could be moving the relief point from Chicago/Fairbanks/Mies VanDerRohe to Pulaski Pink Line. Ut would halve the traveling time and distance from the garage This would make plausible a permanent extension of the 157 . However I still don't think anyone rides
  37. 2 points
    For the time being at least at my garage these moves are permanent in regards to the 4000s being at 77th, now time will tell as we advance to phase 4 and 5 of reopening the city because ridership has increased dramatically on the key routes they've been assigned to since we advanced to phase 3. I personally feel it's time to start taking fares again because everyone has taken full advantage of riding the buses for free and the 15 or less rule has just been thrown out the door.
  38. 2 points
    So it looks like the weekend is finally seeing the New Flyers after not being used on weekends previously. The next thing to look for is whether the NABIs are kept in the garage on Sundays.
  39. 2 points
    8230-8235 got added to FG
  40. 1 point
    The 5000s TESTED first on the Red Line. After testing on all rail lines *(including the Blue Line ), the 5000s were first assigned to the Pink Line, followed by the Green Line and then the Red I suppose the order of testing doesn't really matter. The question is which Lines will get assigned the 7000s when testing is complete? In a perfect world, the first 400 would go straight to the Blue Line. However, with the horrible track conditions on the Forest Park branch with no clear timetable for reconstruction of the branch or the Ike, the Orange Line and the Brown Line may be the first lines to get them. U don't know how bad the track conditions have to get before CTA is forced to shut it down. Routing the Blue Line is 54/Cermak is easy and the Green Line is a superb alternative. The question is whether CTA increases Blue Line short turns at UIC, reduces or suspends Pink Line service ? The 54/54/Cermak routing would allow the 5000s or 7000s to operate on the Blue Line until the Forest Park branch was rebuilt. I've wondered if CTA could do a partial rebuild of the Forest Park branch out to Cicero. The crux if the Ike rebuild is between Central and Desplaines Ave. This assuming that IDOT has no plans to alter CTA track placement east of Laramie.
  41. 1 point
    TL;DR: aside from 1 inbound UPN train from Highland Park and 1 inbound UPNW train from Harvard, both in the morning, every train has had 50 or less riders. Those two inbound trains had between 50-100 riders. All this leads me to believe that Metra should’ve changed the parameters to better reflect the actual passenger count, because they could’ve otherwise just said “all trains in the system are running with 50 or fewer passengers at almost all times” I would’ve also liked to see actual ridership numbers to see how certain lines are doing compared to the usual (in particular the ME, RI & BNSF) EDIT: This also somewhat feels like a less than transparent attempt to say “hey, all our services are adhering to social distancing, etc) EDIT 2: 50 or fewer riders per car
  42. 1 point
    I haven’t seen any on the ME
  43. 1 point
    I had a collision with my bus once where a vehicle came at me without warning. Yet i managed to keep my bus under control and was able to stop safely without risk of plowing into a building or injuring my passengers. If these bus operators involved in these accidents were speeding and plowing into a building then shame on them! They should know better. Its just too many times we see this! Its just strange!
  44. 1 point
    I haven't seen buses like 6224 6237 and 6251 on the tracker. I guessing they been pushed to the side ever since the XD40s came to service.
  45. 1 point
    Not too many choices left
  46. 1 point
    Today, a Pace New Flyer has made it's sunday debut as 20419 is on the 330 today
  47. 1 point
    FG could uses artics But they dont have the facilities to perform maintenance on them such as hoists. Im curious to know if FG will be expanded. They purchased the surrounding factories which are now fenced off and CTA signed If they tear down the building FG will have a significant increase in space. FG could use an update!
  48. 1 point
    Your suggestion would be to drop the only CTA connection south California has, forcing people to an E/W route to the red line or walking to western or Kedzie to access the orange? Suggestion aside, we won’t be able to measure whether or not pilots are having any benefit until ridership returns to regular levels I suspect the 157 extension might stay because the turnaround is CTA property and the route is at service level properly fit for the corridor (weekdays only). Did the 157 even need more than an extra bus for this?
  49. 1 point
    Yeah there’s a battery for when there’s no third rail power. When the front car of the Blue Line train went up the escalator its front lights were still on. The marker lights and run number box were still lit after it stopped, and the headlights would probably have still been on if they hadn’t sustained damage in the crash. The battery also provides power for some of the interior lights to remain on. On the 2400s and 2600s, it’s the two lights in the light arch immediately next to the doors.
  50. 1 point
×
×
  • Create New...