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  1. 3 points
    I'll give you a hint, "The amount of turns on the 94". 🤣
  2. 2 points
    He has a history of pulling this over the years across different forum topics for as long as I can remember.
  3. 2 points
    Why not! 7000 series are for cars and 8000 for cab-cars. All of the early cab-cars 8200-8275 have been downgraded to coach only and the few C&NW painted ones have also been downgraded. In most cases the cabs are just locked up. On some cars they have been rebuilt without them. 7000-7099 were not used but I believe allocated to the ex-BNSF steel cars 700-787 and 816-820 (the locomotives were also not renumbered but 500-524 were allocated to 9900-8/10-25) 7100-7121 are the West suburban MTD ordered steel cars for the BNSF 7200-7283 are the ex-MILW (except 7242-56 ex-RI) steel cars. 7382 is a rebuilt RI Cab car which was 8222 7284-7381 are the 1978-80 steel cars 7400-7497 are the 1996-8 steel cars 7600-7613, 7650-7681 were C&NW painted cars, 7700-7866, 7880, 7900, 7901 were C&NW painted cars, 7867-7871, 7881-7885 were RI painted cars 8000-8025 were not used but I believe allocated to the ex-BNSF steel cab cars 790-815 8200-8238 are the ex-MILW (except 8220-4 ex-RI) steel cab cars. (matching 7200 series) 8239-8275 are the 1978-80 steel cab cars 8400-8478 are the 1995-7 steel cab cars (matching 7400) 8501-8608 are the 2002-5 steel cab cars 8700-8763 were the C&NW painted cab cars (matching 7700) 8764-8768 were RI painted cab cars. There was not a gap of 194 in the 7000 series for cars when the 6001-6194 series arrived so a new series started. On this basis the new cars will probably start at 6201, the cab-cars I have no idea unless they go for 8801!
  4. 2 points
    There was a driver on the 88 Higgins back in the 80's who would have done just that. A guy parked his car in the bus stop on the Kennedy overpass in front of the Harlem station entrance. Of course, it was raining. The bus driver was a tiny woman who suffered no fools. She pushed the car out of the way and called it in as abandoned in front of the on-ramp. Unethical? Perhaps. Nice thing for the passengers? You bet!
  5. 2 points
    Metra board approves the purchase of up to 500 new railcars. They are Alstom Coradia Multilevels, and most notably they don’t use the gallery car setup. https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-board-approves-purchase-500-modern-railcars?fbclid=IwAR1ywYXF20Eh779jrzwZyy9mClUiNW5XGex5T1UJH7vBB2mITVHYjzAy2sQ
  6. 2 points
    Here is a photo of today’s 701
  7. 2 points
    Didnt even notice the tags. Now we can ask where are the eldorkos?
  8. 2 points
    I was laughing my ass off while I was doing it so I know somebody on they porch will Baby come look at this its 2 buses driving throught the alley Earl you out there smoking the stuff again Jasmine come look Jasmine:well I'd be dam it is 2 buses driving through the alley tiktok 😂😂
  9. 2 points
    Doing that route is like doing one big lap around Monaco in F1, it gets tiring after a while.
  10. 2 points
    Idk about you, but I've seen more robberies happen on the north side than south side. Let's shy away from over-generalization, its not like the north side is this magic bastion of safety and the south & west sides aren't monolithic
  11. 1 point
    shocked to see #700 in service after almost 2 years i shall say
  12. 1 point
    i saw 700 the other day at SS
  13. 1 point
    Oh I didn't know, it had been a minute since I looked at the South Suburb routes on Webwatch so I didn't realize those were out there.
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  15. 1 point
    this is why i miss the old clever devices where it had those 2 little ghost things in the middle one of them would not pop up (means it’s a ghost bus)
  16. 1 point
    The original Kensington station had two island platforms and the station house wS a street level underneath the viaduct on 115th. Now the station house is in Front St north of 115th under the tracks. Those tracks were both originally SB but now one is SB and one is NB. The old NB island platform is gone and the original station house closed . Seemingly building the current station house didn't compromise the integrity of the tracks, though i imagine they used the other island platform until the current one was completed. .
  17. 1 point
    Only on the southside you'll see this kind of stupidity. I guess the Hennessey was to important to get from the liquor store.......the sad part is there is a parking lot on the northern side of the building yet hardly any customers use it....🙄 Note - Not my photos.
  18. 1 point
    Along with some buses get a break gets parked overnight or for the weekend while others run 24/7
  19. 1 point
    Well as long as CTA pays for parts they could run a million miles. It would be cool to know what bus has the most miles ever. Probably one of the heritage buses. You might be seeing more artics down than usual. Since the pandemic they are being used more. In a way it's good put some more miles on those and give these 1000s a break. The 4300s you see they could possibly fix cause they have the rehab coming for those. Some will never come back like 4323. Question is what do they do with all the broke down 4000s. Seems like some of them are just sitting. The older 1000s they also are not too concerned with. If they have major issues they can probably sit until this bus order comes in. The fleet is starting to show its age all they really have are the 7900s and 77th is working those hard and they are always out at chicago and 74th. They really could use 600 new buses but all this using of the artics is going make them need some more of those as well. You have to figure if it's a bus and a half to drive it's a bus and a half to maintain. 150 percent chances it will fail versus a 40 foot bus.
  20. 1 point
    I mean my girlfriend knows a good masseuse 🤣🤣🤣
  21. 1 point
    Yes, River & SW were still wrapped as of August
  22. 1 point
    Oh no. We have to wait until Oct 2021 to see some electric buses on the streets of chicago. This order has been going on for 3 years by then. When is the 2nd order coming? By the sounds of it, I wonder if there is a 2nd order. Sounds like they will announce soon who won the bus award from last year. On the rail side, hopefully they have 50-60 cars they can spare cause theyll need them to do the 5000 rehabs. Too bad they wouldnt consider a seating change arrangement even if it's just a few seats. Those seats make a nice long bench for the homeless.
  23. 1 point
    2021-2025 capital budget has been released. Some noteworthy tidbits in the Bus & Rolling Stock section include 5000-series "basic overhaul" beginning mid 2021, Flyers recieving rehabs, a 100-bus base order contract being awarded and deliveries expected late 2021, and more.
  24. 1 point
    Only 6 #600s have been delivered? Wow I thought there was at least 10 here by now, page 14 caught my attention though Bus Rolling Stock Purchase 600 new Standard Buses - Base order of 100 with an option(s) for additional 500 Buses. Contract award December 2020 or early 2021. Buses delivered late 2021. I wonder which manufacturer will CTA go with this time. Electric Buses - CIP funds future Order of Up to 70 Buses. While for the funded Purchase of 20 Electric Buses - First six buses in service late 2020 or early 2021. Remaining buses in service 3rd Qtr. 2021. Mid-life overhaul of 100 Artic buses (4300 Series) - Buses placed into service in 2012 are due overhaul. Contract award in Mid-2021 and work complete thru 2nd Qtr. 2022. Life Extending Overhaul on 430 Standard New Flyer buses. This work allows for buses to operate in service, until $’s are available to replace these buses. Capital Maintenance Program that targets work between overhaul cycles. Would the last 430 ordered get the rehab or will it be a variety of what has been in the best condition rather worse?
  25. 1 point
    No. The 30-footers will still be the EZ Rider II's, but in an updated design. The Axess is still officially available only in the 35- and 40-foot lengths. And more than half of the 2600s will be replaced. Buses 2728-2735 (2727 has been retired) will likely be moved from MV Batavia to the Niles service, replacing the 2600s that have been operating there. And one final note: The heavy-duty bus company is now no longer going by the ElDorado name, after the REV Group sold off the cutaway bus division along with the ElDorado National brand name to another company. The REV Group retained the heavy-duty bus division, which the EZ-Rider II and the Axess fall under, and the REV division now goes by the ENC brand name.
  26. 1 point
    CTA gave a Capital Improvement Plan presentation to the CMAP Transportation Committee on Dec 11 2020. 6 buses have arrived, 14 additional buses will arrive in Q3 2021. The Capital Improvement Plan funds another 70 electric buses. Page 8: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1110048/CTA_CIP_FY2021-2025_CMAP_final.pdf/31f48863-4ea0-263d-2472-5d0acd6c52d8?t=1607726249694
  27. 1 point
    Here's an update on the 30 foot bus order in the Dec 2020 RTA Project Management Oversight Update. Page 62 of this PDF: https://rtachicago.org/sites/default/files/documents/businessandfinance/Project-Management-Oversight-Dec-2020.pdf 5 year contract awarded in Sept 2019 Minimum purchase of 67 buses, maximum purchase of 164 buses 23 buses ordered to date 5 have arrived, the remaining 18 expected by end of 2020 A new order of 44 buses will be submitted, bringing total ordered and delivered to 67. Buses expected to serve Fox Valley and MV Batavia.
  28. 1 point
    Those have to be some of the grandest temp stations I have seen. Steel ,bricks??? The bryn mawr one looks almost like a permanent structure. It's not missing much.
  29. 1 point
    Some, if not most of that office may become residential or hotel. There is a faint possibility of attracting a company to relocate its headquarters here. The future looks very interesting
  30. 1 point
    it easy to do a line cut actually run the blue line from ohare to 54th cut pink line service completely and replace with blue cuz there is no stations between ashland and polk for a few months and then run more green line service (optional) between ashland and the loop
  31. 1 point
    Getting history lessons is always my favorite part of this forum, thank you all!
  32. 1 point
    I get you and I would choose the 146 Inner Drive Express. The 146 and 147 have always been Michigan Avenue Expresses and everyone up north should know that. All of the LaSalle expresses are cleanly designated that way. The 151s aren't marked Michigan because everyone knows it goes down Michigan Avenue and the 156 is the LaSalle bus. The only reason 134 and 143 have LaSalle and Michigan designations is that both routes were created new at the same time in 2003, and with no history, had to be differentiated. As for the 15, no changes are necessary. Jeffery service has always served Hyde Park, from the pre 1973 5 Jeffery (which used to go downrown) to the 6 Jeffery Express and now the 15 Jeffery Local, it is evident that that route serves Hyde Park.
  33. 1 point
    Eh. The Michigan and lasalle exp designations are to show “is this bus taking me from marine to Michigan or marine to financial district?” and since foster to Delaware is an exclusive express zone to the 147 (compared to 135/146 both leaving Belmont and lake shore but serving different downtown markets or 134/143 bringing Stockton riders to their respective markets) doesn’t really need one. Jeffery is a historical holdover since Jeffery exp and Jeffery local always was how we knew only difference being the local runs all day compared to the days as the 6 local when it only ran before and after sunrise
  34. 1 point
    Probably was only going to kedize then
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  36. 1 point
    Well when you jump on LSD its game over pedal to the medal
  37. 1 point
    if drivers have a flyer u know damn well they gonna speed😂
  38. 1 point
    imagine someone sitting in they back porch and seeing 2 buses inna alley😂😂😂😂😂😂
  39. 1 point
    Yeah both lines would Need one to avoid both over serving and the issue of too many conflicting junction moves. Plus you’d need to most likely bring back the train identification equipment for Loomis Junction to help the signal system set the correct line up unless the schedule is cut right to where signals can jsut automatically alternate between a UIC, Forest Park and 54th train.
  40. 1 point
    Like I said before I think the 7000s testing on the Forest Park Blue Line is necessary to see how the trackage responds to the heavy-duty cars. CTA might be forced to upgrade that branch before IDOT finalizes any plans for the zone rebuild. CTA is trying to work with IDOT, but time is running out. I still think Orange and Brown are the first two lines that will get the 7000s. That's 234 of the base order. I suppose Pink and Green could round out the base order. Blue would have to run some 2600s or 5000s in addition to the 3200s before exercising options for more 7000s, which would obviously go to Blue if the 2600s are still around.
  41. 1 point
    My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
  42. 1 point
    Well, for what it's worth, the Nova's "look" nice, although somewhat "dated". But truth be told, ALMOST everything produced in this day and age is made with poor quality; from subway/el cars, to buses, to passenger aircraft, etc, you name it. As a side not and somewhat off the subject, look at NYCTA's newest Bombardier R179 "B" division subway cars. It seems like almost from the time they were entered into revenue service only about a year or so ago, these cars have been nothing but trouble with one major issue after another. And the order isn't close to being completely received as far as I know.
  43. 1 point
    Base fillets? Now I got a taste for some steak or some fish thanks lmao but I get it lmao
  44. 1 point
    I ride the Cottage bus occasionally. Every single time, there's someone who boards with an expired fare card & tries to scam the driver out of a ride. Also saw a few bizarre screaming matches on it. But on the North Side, the problem are people, 90% of whom are young women that must use their phones to add money to their Ventra account. None of them have the brains to do so at home or even while waiting for the bus!
  45. 1 point
    There are a few routes like the 1,2,8,24,29,52A,53A,54B along with the Midway Corridor routes that aren't rough at all on the southside, An honorable mention would be Ashland.
  46. 1 point
    Better pictures I just taken 👍🏾
  47. 1 point
    I'm not sure but it has been back there a very long time now, it still has its farebox and ventra reader though so only time will tell. I should of took a picture of it. #6832 was hauled off for scrap also forgot to mention that as well. I'm not the one to jump the gun but if those six #4000s dont come back into service then maybe some might start getting retired early depending on there condition because why would CTA keep around artics that have a lot of unknown issues to the general public for this long in the boneyard? If I see the ventra readers gone from those six in the next few weeks then I might have to gear up for a somewhat early retirement list.
  48. 1 point
    You're referring to these right?
  49. 1 point
    Possibly. I was watching a documentary about the evolution of technology and artificial intelligence they said something that struck a chord with me. They said the more technology evolves the less we do as humans. The computers are slowly taking over and we are doing less whether it's working on an auto assembly line, grocery shopping online, order an uber on an app that picks you up and drops you at your destination, robotics assisting in surgeries. Pretty soon us humans wont have anything to do. The scary part is when A. I. takes over. It's a real life rise of the machines. And guess what they cant catch Covid-19 either!!!
  50. 1 point
    I know some 1500's going 103 to 74 in return for 1100's. No specifics yet.
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