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  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. 5 points
    Better pictures I just taken 👍🏾
  3. 5 points
    The 7000s are another step closer to running in passenger service. They were testing at Bryn Mawr today.
  4. 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
  5. 5 points
    9/10 times if you feel like "everyone's against you" you're obviously doing something wrong 🥴🥴
  6. 5 points
    🤔🤔😒😒
  7. 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.
  8. 5 points
    Last time I "saw" it on Maths22 was 13th Dec 2019.
  9. 5 points
    Here's a better shot, same cars
  10. 5 points
    I work there bud and I've been told that no one is allowed to be in that area other than supervision with there certified cars and buses pulling in from runs. You were well passed the entrance based on your position and nearly at the vault lane entrance so you were basically trespassing at that point to get a shot of two proterras. It amazes me that you've been going in areas that don't have much security because the west entrance and south entrances have security personnel posted at all times of the day and to me its clear you've been avoiding those areas based on what you've been posting the last month or so. You can't justify what you've been doing at this juncture because at some point you may get caught or cause an accident depending who's driving through those areas. Not to throw some operators under the bus no pun intended but some drive reckless through the areas you have constantly been in no matter what time of day it is. I don't want you to take what i'm saying personal but i'm just letting you know that I don't want you to get caught up in something that could of easily been prevented. Hell before I got the job as a PTBO I was just like you but I respected the boundaries and policies of the agency itself while being an enthusiast of bus operations. Observing from the street is fine but placing yourself on private property in areas you shouldn't be in is just going to far. Anything can happen whether you think so or not.
  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
    And you're right
  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. 4 points
    They will get less work and last longer on the Brown Line rather than the Blue Line
  23. 4 points
    They were part of a Seattle order not delivered to Seattle, but I assume already in production. Delivery started six months after the order was placed. The straight clean-diesel were $157,000 cheaper per bus but I do not think that was the reason. From Tribune on 5/12/2012 "Calling it too good of a deal to pass up, the CTA board on Wednesday approved the purchase of 100 new accordion-style buses, averaging $800,000 each, that were left over from a contract initiated by the Seattle transit system. The CTA will pay New Flyer Industries Inc.$80.1 million for the 67 clean-diesel buses and 33 diesel-electric hybrid buses. The 60-foot articulated buses were part of an order for up to 715 buses that King County Metro Transit in Seattle agreed to buy from New Flyer. The CTA will use federal and local funds." "The CTA is paying $740,000 for each of the 67 diesel buses and $897,000 for each of the 33 hybrid buses, CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said. The purchase from New Flyer includes spare parts and extended warranties, she said." https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2012-05-10-ct-met-cta-buses-0510-20120510-story.html
  24. 4 points
    In the discussion that arose from you driving in Chicago garage, I referenced an incident where I called the police on some people. That happened because the policy I was trying to enforce had been routinely ignored for years, which caused the people to believe that what they were doing was justified. It isn’t a good defense to say that the people you encountered didn’t mind, because you never know when you’ll meet someone who does. You know what the rules are but you keep breaking them because “no harm, no foul” (your quote). That’s what everyone thinks, until they cause something bad to happen. As @YoungBusLover said, what you are doing could cause an accident or other security risk, and gives transit enthusiasts a bad reputation.
  25. 4 points
    Unsubstantiated posts have been removed. Please be considerate and respectful towards each other in this forum.
  26. 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
  27. 3 points
    here is the first 7000 at skokie shops once 7 more arrive they will begin testing
  28. 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.
  29. 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!
  30. 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” 🤦🏾‍♂️
  31. 3 points
    watch?v=WvufFwdqMzg
  32. 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!
  33. 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
  34. 3 points
    Don't spread rumors and actually get your information from factual sources. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/6/1/21277207/cta-bus-crashes-rogers-park-building-1-injured
  35. 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.
  36. 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!!
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 3 points
    The DUI was issued to the driver of the car, not to the driver of the bus.
  40. 3 points
    Well put, thank you. I've had it mentioned to me at IRM several times, that the people who work on the motor buses, look like the people who work on the trolley buses, look like the people who work on the 'L cars, look like the people who work on the overhead wire, etc. Yeah, there's a reason for that. We're the same group of people. IRM needs volunteers, quite simply. I know it's not always easy to feel like you've accomplished something, when a bus is a long-term project. But for anyone who has a sincere interest- and I don't just mean mechanics; there's all sorts of things to be done, at every skill level- please contact us. I know that lots of people are willing to come out and drive a bus. That's the easy part! If there's no one to work on all the other aspects of keeping them running, from cleaning and painting to upholstery and mechanical stuff, there's no need for drivers. I'll give everyone a little heads-up as to work that had been going on in the Motor Bus Department over the winter, until the virus stopped everything. Our 1941 North Shore Line (Waukegan-North Chicago Transit) bus 11 is getting a cosmetic restoration. If you saw it in the garage, you'd know that while it was stored at the fairgrounds before IRM got it, almost all of the windows were broken out. Most of those windows received glass this winter. Paint work comes next, whenever there is volunteer time and money to get it done. As far as buses sitting outside- no one is waiting for the new garage more impatiently than us volunteers that have to maintain the equipment! But enough money is raised to start construction, whenever the world starts turning again. Richard Schauer Curator, IRM Trolley Bus and Motor Bus Departments
  41. 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".
  42. 3 points
    New Flyer 20406 northbound on #330 at Rosemont CTA Blue Line.
  43. 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.
  44. 3 points
    You guys really overthink. The renderings had blue on the end caps so obviously this is permanent. I'm glad the color on the cars are coming back though. I would love to see another Chicago Flag wrapped train and have that stay permanent. But that's just my opinion.
  45. 3 points
    74th has enough buses to run the 94 i'm sure they can handle it. The new configuration is just about the same length as the 8 and back in the day 74th managed to handle the 8,9,X9,49 and X49 without much help so they'll figure it out.
  46. 3 points
    Plus what our old fiscal conservative friend Busjack was getting at in that statement was that CTA put money into purchasing the series he mentioned only for there not to be a long term use or need from them. The Optimas were indeed used on really lightly used bus routes, but the problem was they had a really crappy suspension system and couldn't handle Chicago streets very well. So they spent too much time in the garage maintenance bays when they should have been on the street. With the NABIs, at the time of purchase CTA was in a desperate need of new buses because a majority of the fleet was approaching, at or far beyond the federally recommended minimum service life for retirement eligibility. So they end up having NABI take advantage of that desperation to sell them the NABI 60 LFW model, which was an unproven model in terms revenue operation by any TA. That was one red flag. It couldn't even pass the Altoona engineering standards testing which is a requirement for any bus model to be on the road for any TA. That was another red flag. CTA gets the buses and as the warning signs suggested, the bus was poorly designed with poor suspension and other problems that kept them stuck in the garage for maintenance more than they were on the road. The final straw came when a bus was found to have a splitting at the articulation joint, leading CTA to pull every artic from service with the exception of at time what few NF artics they had. There was a huge reshuffle of buses among all the garages with the lighter route garages loaning 40 foot buses to the artic garages to help shore them up until more NF 4000s arrived to replace lost artics. Our friend Busjack would tell you that the evidence says that this is the real reason CTA got the 4000s. Also CTA sued NABI over this debacle. It was this incident that led CTA to totally revamp its vehicle purchase protocols to include the now strict standards it imposes on manufacturers before it accepts ownership of any vehicle purchased as part of any order. In the case of the NF LFR 4300s, the only true need CTA had for more articulated buses was for use on the Red Line replacement shuttle routes that were placed in service during the time that CTA demolished and completely rebuilt the Dan Ryan section of the Red Line. After that work was done, CTA has pretty much easily had 100 artics parked across the artic garages at any given time including during rush periods when looking at the average number of artics in service on a route dureing different times of the day. That's even with 40 foot buses being seen on the 6, 146 and 147 for example being an extremely rare occurrence when historically 40 foot buses on those routes were more mixed in with artics than they are today. That's also even with accounting for expanded artic use on the 12, 22, 26, and 151 as examples of routes that didn't have as heavy an artic presence just a few years ago. When examining artic deployments with the help of Maths22's tracker, the numbers show that CTA just doesn't need anywhere near the just over 300 artics it current has. It needs not much more than the just over 200 it had in the 4000s before getting the 4300s. That's pretty much the background and context of what Busjack was getting at in his comment that was quoted. Two series CTA only ran in service for only a few years out of the initial longer term planned use. The third it purchased in the long term but only had a shorter term need.
  47. 3 points
    Ive always been fond of the 3200s I wish the Blue was entirely that series! I always loved the corrugated body style cross between a 2600 and 2200 series. The corrugated sides give it a retro look! Now with the rehabs they look up to date and very much resemble the 5000s without the NYC style seating. Im satisfied with the results! Im glad CTA is finally giving the line its overdue attention!
  48. 3 points
    He's literally in the bus lane entrance where buses pull-in after completing there runs for the day. I don't understand how someone can not comprehend that eventually you will get caught by the wrong person no matter how far you are on the outside looking in at buses or operations. Its one thing to observe from the street but constantly driving in and around private property is really pushing it. At that point you can be considered a hazard because hardly anyone other than supervisors drive through that entrance with there certified cars along with buses.
  49. 3 points
    Sign came into existence during the Red Line Dan Ryan rebuild. When Red Line trains were rerouted to Ashland/63, all nonpeak Green Line trains went to Cottage Grove. During a.m rush, Green Line trains that would've normally gone to Ashland/63 were short turned at Roosevelt, thus the sign you posted. P.M. rush trains that normally would've gone to Ashland/63 circled the outer loop tracks after leaving Clinton. The signs now work perfectly for a line cut at Roosevelt. The Red Line trains retained their Ashland/63 signs which came in handy during 98th Yard work and the 95th Station rebuild when certain rush hour trips were rerouted to Ashland/63. Though Blue Line service hasn't been to Cermak/54 in years, the Blue Line signs remain today. The Orange Line roller curtains used to have Ford City when there was discussion about extending the line from Midway to Ford City. I haven't seen any electronic Ford City signs, nor do I know if they exist.
  50. 3 points
    Two all white proterras have popped up at south shops today, im not sure if they we're sent over from Chicago garage or if they're brand new delivered from the manufacturing plant. If not that's 4 total proterras seen so far in total at two garages. #700-#701 are currently still getting tested and stored within South Shops.
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