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  1. 7 points
    Better pictures I just taken 👍🏾
  2. 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.
  3. 5 points
  4. 5 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
  5. 5 points
    The 7000s are another step closer to running in passenger service. They were testing at Bryn Mawr today.
  6. 5 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
  7. 5 points
    9/10 times if you feel like "everyone's against you" you're obviously doing something wrong 🥴🥴
  8. 5 points
    🤔🤔😒😒
  9. 5 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.
  10. 5 points
    Last time I "saw" it on Maths22 was 13th Dec 2019.
  11. 4 points
    I have done my share of pub crawls. They are usually good tippers. I laid down the laws at the beginning of the charter. 1. No opening of windows or roof hatches. 3. Do not sit drinks on the seats. 3. Use the trash bags provided throughout the coach. 4. If anyone THINKS OR FEELS like vomiting, DO NOT HESITATE and use the lavatory. This charter will end if anyone vomits anywhere in the coach other than the lavatory.
  12. 4 points
    Been seeing pictures of nf's having the ability to color code signs in other cities. I wonder if that is standard on the xcelsior? It's got me wondering you know how cta has the express pi signs with the red markings for express or for x service. (I think I saw that unless I'm nuts) could red destination signs come back for the #6 or #146 to represent express service. I think that would he cool.
  13. 4 points
    Well I was on the tri state (I-294), I notice this Xcelsior behind me so I slow down let it pass me damned if it's not a Boston Xcelsior!! I took a couple shots. I guess there may be pandemics and protests but life goes on. The bus had to travel through minneapolis, probably went down 294 to get away from chicago. If it would have went down the kennedy it might have ended up in oz the way our city has been the last few days. It's been through alot already, but the Ohio and Penn legs are huge. I drove to Niagara and it takes all day to go through those states. Thought you guys would be interested.
  14. 4 points
  15. 4 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.
  16. 4 points
  17. 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
  18. 4 points
    Just like the charges are up at Chicago and Austin terminal
  19. 4 points
    20403 was on the 305, 314, and 316 routes today. Here's a video showing the interior and exterior of the bus. After riding this, I can tell they have a faster acceleration than the El Dorado Axess buses. They seem to be well built quality buses and can see them lasting a long time.
  20. 4 points
    Got 20401 on the 322 now. No stop request cords, only buttons.
  21. 4 points
    The original 48 short turned at 47th with weekday day service extended to 35th and Archer (before the Orange Line was even built). At that time, Damen had a bridge that ran from 47th to 37th. It crossed over 43rd, railyards and Pershing. I forget what year ( it was sometime after the Orange Line was opened), the city determined that the Damen bridge was no longer structurally sound and said it would be too expensive to rebuild. The city closed the bridge and eventually tore it down. Because of this decision, the 48 was initially rerouted via 47th, Western Blvd,and Archer to serve the 35th and Archer station that it was already serving. Due to traffic congestion, it was determined that Western Orange Line was closer and would better keep service consistent. Actually the 48 was originally numbered 50A South Damen before being remembered 48 in the 1970s ( along with the 22A to 24 and the 36A to 29).
  22. 3 points
    CTA has posted an RFP on their procurements page for an order of up to 600 diesel buses (100 base order and 5 100-bus options). The RFP was posted 2/19/2020 and responses are due 4/13/2020. https://www.transitchicago.com/solicitation/details/?cta=Bg2Kaov023rGcoKigj6lTp5YpDqyz4EiJ%2F8BalJfw4E%3D
  23. 3 points
    here is the first 7000 at skokie shops once 7 more arrive they will begin testing
  24. 3 points
    I'll give you a hint, "The amount of turns on the 94". 🤣
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    And for the record, I didn't bring up an old topic. I just responded to an older post, there's a difference. But again, you don't need to be so insensitive about it. Defeats the purpose of a forum if you can't discuss old topics. Remember, everyone wasn't here 15years ago to comment on it so be mindful that new users may come in and want to contribute to conversation. I like this site, but don't be that guy please.
  27. 3 points
    There are actually two 151 routes. The short one out of K & goes to just Belmont/Halsted is fairly normal. But the long 151, out of North Park, goes through Uptown & the ride between Sheridan & Pine Grove to Sheridan/Foster has some of the most burned out people in the city! That two mile stretch has people too addled to figure out how to use a fare card, let alone how to think & breathe. Booze, drugs & serious mental illness are the problems there & then they get on the bus & make their problems your problems.
  28. 3 points
    I know this is not regarding transportation but the last sentence is like a person at the cashier writing a full check holding everybody up instead of writing the amount only.
  29. 3 points
    Cops are not above the law and neither are you. Two wrongs don't make a right, and frankly a CTA bus operator (whether on duty or not) running a red light and blatantly recording it is absurd. Even cops don't just cruise right through the lights most of the time, 9/10 times they'll at least hesitate and check for traffic, which I didn't notice in the video. Not to mention the cops you see could be responding to calls and were instructed to keep their sirens off for various reasons. Honestly, this place is going downhill fast. It's sad to see.
  30. 3 points
    I ride the 4 from 58th to the Loop a few time a year. Every single ride, there is always someone that boards with an expired Ventra card & argues like crazy that it's good. But the 151 between the Sheridan L Station & Foster, is also truly weird. Many of the people that get on, have no idea of how to ride a bus & can't figure out using the card reader & even how to sit down. But the best thing I ever saw was about 25 years ago, on a TMC bus, in that area. The driver stopped for a man, lowered the stairlift & the man pushed a stolen Jewel shopping cart on, the driver raised the lift & he rode about a mile & got off, in the reverse manner. I called up the CTA to complain & the woman who answered was flabbergasted at that happening!
  31. 3 points
    You didn't see #4080 around SS did you? It's been missing and I wonder what happened to it. You know if you go to the RTA equipment page (here's the link below) and you click CTA equipment they claim there are only 97 #4300's. So if you subtract #4323 and #4333 what's the 3rd one? It would seem to be a hybrid. I'm starting to wonder about #4332. Did it show any signs of it possibly being retired. I could be wrong, once #4327 was oos, don't know if it ever came back or not. The #600 at least has license plates, but it's been around just not in service. Somewhere along the line they'll need to wrap it, but it's probably just there for the mechanics to learn from. RTAMS rolling stock fleet list: http://www.rtams.org/rtams/rollingStockForServiceBoardAndMode.jsp?sbID=2&mode=MB
  32. 3 points
    “LOUD LOUD LOUD” ”Loosies for sale, loosies for sale” ”got those squares” It’ll never beat Baltimore though, where someone was advertising some drug at the Penn-North train station (presumably heroin) as “Chicago” 🤦🏾‍♂️
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 3 points
    Fingers crossed for New Flyer 🤞
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 3 points
    NB 52 buses say "KEDIZE" instead of Kedzie. I don't have a picture because I saw this while driving.
  39. 3 points
    No it's not. Lyft is paying attention to the curfew, no rides can be given by drivers here in Cook county. Uber you can still use. It was surging heavy last night in the whole city, but I didn't turn it on. I like my car!! Lol!! I did work my other job today driving the UPS workers from 95th/red line to UPS at 5pm. . Saw no buses at 95th/red line. That was surreal!! There was heavy looting at 95th/halsted at a beauty supply place, cars coming in and out, people going in and out. It really was a free for all. A few broken windows, the walgreens at ashland got hit but the police were there. Can't have Beverly go up in smoke. The currency at the ryan was hit as well as a doctors office over just west of wentworth. Don't get that one. I was supposed to work Chicago heights at 11pm but ups canceled the route. I had a problem there last week, some youths were throwing bricks at everything people the terminal, my bus. I picked up a few people from the terminal cause I was doing an #890. Told them I'll take them to harvey transportation center because these kids were assaulting people. So I got out of there. Unfortunately I got a gash in the back of the bus. My Supervisors know, so I wasn't really inclined to repeat that. Got a big surprise on the tri state, I'll post it under another topic.
  40. 3 points
    Its news to me. Theres been so much talk about corona, we forget theres still a whole other world out there to explore.
  41. 3 points
    Welcome to chi town, where there are more speed bumps, traffic cameras, speeding cameras, Cul de sacs, curb cuts, bike lanes than anyone else. Talk about municipal control. You don't see until you leave the city how much better everyplace else is. South California is like that. Damen is like that. Streets like Western have so many speeding and red light cameras they ruin the street. Then the bike lanes ruin traffic. Milwaukee is a mess. It's like the street was built for bikes not cars. Then most places outside the city are tollways, so you can escape the city but you will pay for it!! The home of Al Capone and organized crime has changed but in ways it's still the same. Home sweet home!!😀 Oh I forgot to mention staying on topic the whole california is stop signs north to Division it's almost every street. I was ubering there it's incredible how bad that has been screwed up. It's faster to drive through humboldt park!!
  42. 3 points
    Honestly I don't see why the extension 94 can't run out of 74th. The current route runs out of 74th. The frequency wint change. The extension is is only 3 1/2 to 4 miles, which would only require an extra 3 buses at the most. I expect 74th to keep the 94. If anything, I would expect K to lose 3 buses since the truncated 52 won't require as many buses.
  43. 3 points
    Trust me no one wants to wait 5 to 10 minutes each time a long freight train leaves one of the intermodal yards north and southwest of that grade crossing. Sometimes trains even stop there and sit waiting for signal clearance which creates a traffic nightmare for anyone going E/W on 71st.
  44. 3 points
    I remember the video in Cleveland when the female passenger spit on the Male driver. He was no small dude so he KO'd her. Act like a man, get treated like a man.
  45. 3 points
    74th's east west routes have always used Ashland as the relief point. That goes all the way back to when the garage was located at 69th and Ashland (which is where the garage code 6 comes from). Though one could say Damen is a tad closer, Damen only runs during rush periods only. Now that the 94 serves 74th, the 49 (trips operated by 74th) can do driver reliefs at 69th and Western.
  46. 3 points
    IRM does not "neglect" our diesel buses. We simply do not have the qualified people to work on them. When CHBM merged with IRM, we inherited several folks capable of doing maintenance and restoration. They succeeded in getting the 605 and 412 running again and were very close to chasing down a nagging issue with the 8006. Then we lost one to Florida and another to age/health. We tried bringing in several others, but they could not commit. Our lone remaining mechanic lives over 2 hours away and can't make that trip very often. Trolley buses are much simpler vehicles and easier to work on then diesel buses, that's why it seems like they get more attention. If you know of anyone who would like to work on diesel buses, PLEASE let us know. We would like nothing more that to get more of the diesel fleet operational. We have also been fundraising to get a third building erected. We had hoped that construction would start this spring, but everything is on hold right now. Once complete, all our buses will be inside and protected from the weather - and not "slowly sinking into the ground".
  47. 3 points
    @sht6131 i ignore the privacy thing whenever it happens. if you are on a computer, you can click advanced options, and then access maths22. it will say (unsafe), but there is nothing that i know of that is unsafe on maths. that should work when ever that screen pops up.
  48. 3 points
    Until they build substations and do a major overhaul south from Racine towards Forest Park, the Blue Line isn’t getting any new equipment nor having 5000s run on a consistent basis. The track conditions are at an alarming rate of deterioration.
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    That's too much to do especially when the 2600's are still running fine no need to separate them. Besides as a life long cta rail fan it's always good to see 2 different cars coupled together the Brown Line is literally the only line and probably the last 1 to do this so we gotta appreciate that while it last cause one day it'll be over. 5000's and 7000's cant electrically be coupled together. The 2600's and 3200's look good together 👍🏽👍🏽.
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