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    Sad. I been doing it for 2 years 🥴
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    The buses dont get that crowded. The #169 always runs with artics. They are surprisingly fast. I was driving a few shuttles for the xmas season. Mostly down 95th and 79th. The #169 gets alot of riders at night when I was shuttling. The workers seem to complain about there jobs. I always talked with my riders. They claim they dont get breaks. The hodgkins complex is very impressive from the outside. They have two bus stations serving opposite ends of the complex. Sometimes they complain they got erratic service. They liked our supplemental shuttle. It was cut short due to Amazon now having there own delivery Van's.
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    I'm assuming you applied to be a package handler at UPS. UPS hires only part time employees. They have four shifts which are approximately six hours each. You would work the same shift each day Monday-Friday, but the exact start and end times would vary based on demand. There are multiple bus trips to choose from to accommodate the schedule. The work is very physical and you must work quickly. If you stay for a few years, you could get promoted to a tractor-trailer driver or possibly a managerial position. UPS workers are unionized and have good pay and benefits. Amazon shifts are typically 8-12 hours, four days per week which may include any day of the week. I believe they have two shifts per day, with a 2-hour "dynamic shift change" so that not everyone starts and ends at the same time. The catch is that the 360/361 buses only run once for each shift change. If you take the bus, you'll be spending almost 12 hours there no matter how many hours you work. With the 2.5 hour commute, you'd have an 18 hour work day. I wouldn't recommend this option because fatigue can easily cause a workplace accident, especially when safety issues already exist (a common complaint of Amazon workers). The work at Amazon is also very fast-paced and physical, but probably slightly less so than UPS. I'm not sure what promotion opportunities exist here. Amazon is nonunion. Both UPS and Amazon bus routes tend to have relatively high ridership which doesn't seem to have slowed much during the COVID-19 crisis. These companies say they need more workers to keep up with demand, so bus ridership could possibly increase, unlike every other route. Riding these buses may be too risky if, for example, you live with a vulnerable person.
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    I probably should've posted this a while ago but I was fortunate enough to catch Geoffrey Baer's movie trains for his new documentary "Chicago by 'L'". This was back in late September of 2019. 4000s at Howard and 6000s along the Purple Line. Subscribe because I'm trying to beat a rival in subscribers 😂 but most importantly enjoy and give me feedback.
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    Just some FYI...When I started at Colonial in 1999, they ran five routes (610, 1006, 1012, 1015, 1017 . When I was not out of town, I worked 1017 to Sears on 79th). We lost all subscription routes after 9/11 one at a time due to cuts at Sears headquarters. And, when I started, all motorcoaches were equipped with restrooms. Not sure the equipment before that. But we used equipment purchased both new (MCI DL3 12-units) and used (MCI B3 8-units purchased through Indian Trails) on Pace routes.
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    Read the whole discussion of it here.
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    The best I can say is social distancing because they only had one out this morning on 79th and the Union once again made headlines by sharing pictures of crowded buses on 79th almost a week ago so I can only imagine when I head in this afternoon if not more will be put out in use to the operators that have experience with artics and are willing to operate them. I would also like to add that we have about 10-15 of our own buses oos for various reasons as of late as I've seen a lot more of our #7900's hit the boneyard along with #6400's. #804 has returned to the boneyard after being moved briefly so maybe it may return service I would hope. Southshops has been very busy as of late, I've never seen so many lines of OOS buses that clumped together in one space other than the time I remember seeing retirements of the #7500's and #6000's.
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    3457 and 3458 were in existence before this accident. There was a period when the Blue Line was suffering from many incidents including this one, a derailment in the subway, a car fire in the subway, and the infamous crash into the escalators at the O'Hare station.
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    #4008 is on Rt.79 and I can only imagine it being used as a social distancing pilot test.
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    I have to admit both buses look good in MTA livery. PACE livery with the New Flyers looks great,! I prefer the New Flyers but if it comes down to these two manufacturers, it really doesn't matter. Now if Gillug or Eldorado were to win, then we'd really have something to talk about.
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    I wonder what Ralph Kramden would say today if he saw what NYC buses look like!!! I can just imagine it......."Homina! Homina! Homina!!! He would be speechless! LMAO! 😃
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    Metra debuts new "State of Illinois" livery on engine number 402 Video from Facebook:
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    Yep, managed to grab a shot of it this evening. Apparently it's supposed to be reassigned eventually.
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    None of these new buses appeared to be out this past weekend - the first weekend since the buses were officially placed into revenue service. A few Eldos were out, but a lot of the old NABIs were. Pace appears to be holding back the new buses during the first few weekends or so, ironing out the kinks.
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    Indian Trails (not Trailways) is a privately and family owned company based in Owosso Michigan. They run service between Chicago and points in Michigan. In exchange for using Greyhound facilities in some places, Greyhound and Indian Trails share ticketing. Greyhound does this with other companies like Burlington Trailways in Iowa and Jefferson Lines in Minneapolis. Remember Pace leased from MCI and not Greyhound.
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