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  1. 6 points
    Okay how did this turn into a rehash of the Gray Line proposal that is long dead? The costs outweigh the benefits, so please let it stay dead and in the graveyard where it belongs. Geez. As pointed out by Busjack himself, he only quoted those numbers to highlight how little the demand is for current ME services that the Gray Line would replace.
  2. 5 points
    That's for the mods to tell me not you.
  3. 5 points
    The situation has been reversed. That is the part you are in denial about. Other posters and I have pointed out the history that you choose to ignore. It's okay for other garages but not FG, even though to this point, the newest buses are at FG.
  4. 5 points
    Whenever those who put the hard work to maintain them get time from stuff like jobs and everyday family life. Though you're welcome to start one up too if the update happening soon is important enough for ya.
  5. 5 points
  6. 5 points
    That's all that's needed.... just the link, not the whole "search and find" rapport. I've been away on a live feed for quite some time, hence my long period of absence. And I've learned on that feed that working with the Moderators and various people who stop to chat that working together and helping when someone asks a question or is unsure makes a happier, more productive chat(or in this case, forum). We would post links and direct them to the links that were available when needed rather than just say "find it yourself". Being helpful to the follow chatter(or in this case, poster) goes a long way. Let's work together and help each other!
  7. 5 points
    Just passed #6729 on route #626 and it's now wrapped like the I-90 buses with the Pace Express logo on its side.
  8. 4 points
    Also if you do your research all TA's tend to stick older equipment at garages with light service requirements this isnt just a cta thing
  9. 4 points
    You're insulting your own intelligence. You say you were at FG since 1980 something and there's plenty of PROVEN examples of that go against your "NW side is ignored" facts. 74th had all 6000's as recent as 2006. Red line south was essentially built with crappy trackbed that didnt get addressed till 201e, blue line literally CANT take 5000's so debunk these PROVEN facts with your own credible proof or just give it up. Youre starting to just sound bitter. You can always get a one day and ride south or in Chicago garage territory if not being on a 7900 hurts that much
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    Looks like they're ditching hopper windows. Pax windows are one piece.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    Not only is LACMTA route 605 2,000 west of Michigan Avenue, service to Olympic and Atlantic was curtailed. According to the schedule effective June, 2018 the route now ends at Olympic and Grande Vista.
  14. 4 points
    Caught #4136 on Michigan today displaying "605 OLYMPIC-/ATLANTIC" which is a Los Angeles local bus route.
  15. 4 points
    Power issues are one of the main reasons why CTA can't run a large number of 5000s on the Blue, and fleet commonality between lines is another reason. CTA won't run different series of cars on Red/Purple/Yellow or Pink/Green just to please Blue Line riders; they want the flexibility to swap the cars between those lines. Also, the 5000s running on the Blue are still technically assigned to the Pink Line and are operated by Pink Line crews, so commonality with the 3200s isn't much of a problem right now. It seems like some Blue Line riders remind me of those in NYC who complained about losing their R142A cars on the (6) train. Blue Line riders are not entitled to the newest equipment any more than riders of other lines.
  16. 4 points
    Let's see. The Red Line South was in total disrepair and needed to be rebuilt, in part, because it was affecting North Side service as well. It also had a bunch of 2600s. But I suppose you think the south Siders should've kept them. The Green Line reopened in 1996 with ALL 2400s, which were the 2nd oldest cars in the fleet at that time, behind only the 2200s. Before the shutdown, the Green Line was saddled with the 2000s,which were even older than the 2200s. I suppose the West Siders shouldn't have new equipment either. The Brown Line was still running 6000s before retirement. Are Brown Line riders not entitled to newer equipment? Remember both the Brown and Orange were also passed over for 5000s. Add in the fact the Orange Line lost all of their 3200s to your Blue Line. But I guess it's okay for the southwestsiders to have them. The entire CTA system was dilapidated. With limited resource CTA has had to prioritize which projects were most urgent. While the Blue LineO'Hare branch did get some work, other lines needed the most attention, period. Now it's time for the Blue to get the attention.
  17. 4 points
    Replacing 100 pretty unreliable cars with 100 much more reliable ones improves things. Orange service is less stressful on equipment than Blue. In all everybody seems to come out ok.
  18. 4 points
    Yeah I'm totally tripping over here in Oak Park. Two straight 8 car sets of 3200s just passed me up. First consist I only saw #3219-20 cause I was driving the expy. They passed me on the forest pk branch at kedzie and pulaski they are inbound. I couldn't get runs but the 2nd was 213. Second consist had all #3250's in it. Those are from brown no? Look like the 3200s block is going to blue. The cars look so new and good they look like 5000s. I was completely tripping. Finally blue line has some newer equipment. Hallaluyah Hallaluyah Hallaluyah!!!! LOL!!
  19. 4 points
    It’s official! 3207/08 - 3221/22 - 3245/46 - 3249/50 - 3251/52 - 3257/58 - 3259/60 - 3279/80 are part of the Blue Line fleet @BusHunter
  20. 4 points
    3219/20 - 3411/12 - 3233/34 - 3212/11 have arrived at Forest Park from Midway as of 2AM.
  21. 4 points
    I hear Forest Glen is getting electric buses, too! I'm sorry. Sometimes I can't help myself.
  22. 4 points
    CTA 8499 was out today and was photographed by me at Jefferson and Harrison. If in wrong thread please correct.
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    Ok, today I went to check out the progress of the south terminal at 95th and I see that the N5, N9, 29, 34, 95, 108, 111, 112, 115, 119 will be at the south terminal from what I've seen and the North Terminal might have the 100, 103 and 106 when it's all said and done.
  25. 3 points
    Need I remind you you are not a moderator. But we are tired of you too.
  26. 3 points
    I remember that. I also remember that this is a 7900 series BUS thread!
  27. 3 points
    Yea they will, eventually the 29 will be relocated to its original spot once the terminal is fully completed. They told us this while they were showing operators the north terminal before it opened.
  28. 3 points
    Hmm... Guess we just have to wait and see.
  29. 3 points
    I still think no part of the city is being favorited. People just worked up over trivial matters far as this is concerned, I just laid out that Red was never really a winner over blue as much as ppl convince themselves πŸ™„πŸ˜‚
  30. 3 points
    This year you can look for Mayhem instead of the cyclops Elmo. Should be easier to locate.
  31. 3 points
    Demonstrate how this isn't fantasy. Ridership needed to comply with Community Guidelines, especially given prior failures by both CTA and Nortran.
  32. 3 points
    Brown has already been doing that. I caught 2611-2612 today mixed with 3200s. I caught 2 more trains as well that have a pair of 2600s in the consist. 3457-3458 was on run #412 and #415 this morning and afternoon as well
  33. 3 points
    That seems to explain why the lower 7900s haven't been on math 's tracker the past couple of days. Thanks.
  34. 3 points
    But you exceeded that scope, by 100 cars.
  35. 3 points
    Here it is again! 3200 = Blue Line
  36. 3 points
    Don't care what series car it is, I ride the Blue line the most and HATE those bowling aisle seats !!! Keep that BS in NYC lol
  37. 3 points
    Obviously, Metra is only making a political statement, since a balanced budget has to be sent to the RTA around Oct. 15, but, any "state money" could only come in a state budget effective July 1,2019 (if then). As a couple of years ago, when the RTA told all 3 service boards to raise fares, and CTA faked around not submitting a budget until the budget disclosed that it was working in cooperation with the RTA, Metra is going to have to submit a budget that is balanced with existing revenues, not this. If the 2 lines are cut, Metra would have to pay back a lot of federal money. Not sure about the source of funding for the Romeoville station, but the NCS New Start was federal money and probably has a 35 year service life. Back to the posturing point, this is probably a ploy to get the riders to contact their legislators, but compared to Doomsdays of 10 years ago, will be even less effective, given the current dysfunction in the legislature.
  38. 3 points
    Then show some appreciation for what he's doing instead of nitpicking. Otherwise there's plenty of tools such as bustracker and maths22 if you're really that pressed about live info on every bus' location
  39. 3 points
    First reported by chicagopcclcar. Welcome back garmon757!!! We will see if the 3200s are the lead and tail cars with 2600s being bellys. For that matter, it could also happen on the Brown Line. It hasn't been the case on the Orange Line.
  40. 3 points
    But since you can't try not to nitpick the guy who's doing all the work πŸ™„πŸ™„
  41. 3 points
    Seems you should offer to help if a bus or two off bugs you that much or seek the actual roster from cta themselves 🀧🀧🀧
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    Probably cause he has other things outside of this forum. You could see about becoming a moderator for this if it bugs you that much
  44. 3 points
    It's a rumor, so getting it from someone, even if they are in the company, doesn't back anything up. And I'm sure the rest of us forum members don't even know who your uncle is, so for all we know, he could work for the CTA, but as something completely irrelevant. Similar to people on Airliners.net convinced that airlines are getting new planes, but their "source" is a pilot rumor. I suggest a quick read of the community guidelines, which has a bullet point concerning sources, instead of posting emojis.
  45. 3 points
    Had a story that popped in my head from my childhood thought I'd share it with you guys Back around early-mid 90's around my 8th or 9th birthday, I had a CRAZY event happen to me as a kid One day me and my family had finished a downtown trip to the museum and we were at the Howard station waiting for the 97 Skokie bus and out of nowhere a CTA supervisor came up to my dad yelled his name and went nuts, Greeted him (his old college roomate) they talked in private and then he came up to me and said that my dad had told him that it was my birthday soon and that I was a big transit fan and then asked me what was my favorite bus, So I said that MAN artic over there. What happens next is INSANE to this day He told my me and my dad to hold on for a minute, Went over and talked to the driver of the MAN artic and then came back to us and said "There's your 97 bus to skokie, Happy Birthday" !!!! I was happy and I remember we were the first to board the bus and all the other confused passengers waiting for a 4400 TMC followed us behind lol So just wondering for those of you who knew CTA policy back in the 90's. Was this a possible termination event ?? How lucky was I to experience this ???
  46. 3 points
    Current disposition list. Nothing surprising here, but note: Orion VIs and NABIs had the same power trains, so I'm not sure what was the big deal separating them by garages. A S NABI ran up over 700,000 miles, while the rest of the buses about 500,000.
  47. 3 points
    Looking at that video Theres no doubt of course that bus was traveling at a high rate of speed! This operator is clearly at fault! That should be the number #1 question! This operator obviously had no control of through this intersection! A professional and safe operator would have had good control of this bus which could have avoided such a violent crash. Any thoughts???
  48. 3 points
    Latest official info. Note something very interesting - 8325-8349 ARE expected late 2018! Also, 804 is last 40-foot hybrid among the living. cta bus 010418.pdf
  49. 3 points
    It's called a door cut out. You have to use the MUDC (Multiple Unit Door Control) key to lock the doors from the inside that are not berthed on the platform. This is standard for troubleshooting defective doors.
  50. 3 points
    I was on such a train yesterday and asked the motorman as I exited at Dempster. He said it was for more traction.
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