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  1. 10 points
    Several years ago I was walking through the bus terminal at Howard and found a small pamphlet laying on the ground. I almost didn't pick it up, but I'm quite glad that I did. I stashed it away with some other CTA odds and ends for a while until recently when I pulled it out having now started as a bus operator myself (North Park). I took a few minutes over the past few days when I was able to try out some of the codes on this guide and, for the most part, they all work as you would expect. It seems that the CTA's style is to leave old signs in the programming, adding codes when needed and updating others. (For example, the code for "NW Station" in the guide properly displays "Ogilvie Station".) It's interesting to see what options are available and I have a few questions that perhaps someone can help with such as why there is a 290 to McCormick option. Was that at one time part of a North Park pull in routing? Regardless, this at least explains why from time to time I see 145, etc. signs on buses when I assume something went wrong. Other things I've noticed include that "to Howard Station" (061) seems to no longer work and displays "Chicago is / My Kind of Town" and that code 003 gives an easter egg, likely from whoever was programming the signs at some point reading "Hi Zac!" Anyway, enjoy!
  2. 8 points
    Guys no disrespect but can we stay on the subject or topic at hand. It's like lately when I click on a topic and read the comments it has nothing to do with anything. I was ginuely hoping somebody saw a Nova on a new route but yall talking about female operators being fine and calling people out on being married and flirting?? This not Facebook lol let's keep it according to the title of this form again 😄😊👍🏽.
  3. 7 points
    @Mr.cta85 I was actually just in the process of typing this when I saw your post. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking of Busjack today. It has now been six months since Busjack last posted on here, so I feel this tribute is in order. Busjack was a pillar of the community since the very beginning of this forum in 2005. He authored over 20,000 posts, which is nearly 20% of the posts on this site to date. Almost everyone here had some interaction with him, as it was rare to find a discussion that he wouldn’t participate in. His expertise, sense of humor, and attention to the goings-on at CTA, Metra, and Pace drove many of the discussions here. Whenever a legal question would arise, he could be relied upon to provide the answer. Although we often disagreed, Busjack influenced my perspective and broadened my knowledge on many topics. Thank you, @Busjack. I sincerely hope you are doing well.
  4. 6 points
    Quite sad actually. A very valuable contributor to this forum simply outnumbered by trivial and silly posts.
  5. 6 points
    Keep your little kid gossip and disloyalties to yourself. This is a transit forum. We don't need to know if the driver was attractive or not or your relationship problems.
  6. 6 points
    Cermak (22nd Street) was originally #22 in the original scheme. 21 was Fulton/21st. Clark/Wentworth was Thru-Route 22, which was a different series, and local Clark and Wentworth cars were considered 2, This was soon seen as a problem. So Cermak became 21, Clark/Wentworth kept 22, and Fulton/21st was renumbered 15, which had been its old Thru-route number. This is also why Canal-Wacker bus became 15, as it partially replced the Fulton/21st carline.
  7. 5 points
    Here's a better shot, same cars
  8. 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.
  9. 5 points
    Several years ago on a Red Line train at Grand the doors closed, the train started up, the train stopped, and a "sick passenger" announcement was made. Then I saw smoke in the station coming from the train. the guy standing next to me looked at me, said "F*** it," pulled the cherry, and we got off the train and ran up the stairs. As I was walking down State Street the fire engines were on their way. This is the first case of spontaneous human combustion I ever heard of.
  10. 5 points
    It’s an electric bus, not a steam-powered bus. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)
  11. 5 points
    Exactly. What 5750 is refusing to acknowledge is the fact that while FG has their fair share of busy routes, outside of Milwaukee their service being dedicated towards north and northwest service means they put less wear and tear per mile compared to the other garages that all do downtown service which means more costly deadheads especially for routes with peak heavy demand and end up pushing up and down the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Lake shore constantly. Therefore the current fleet allotments make sense. Same thing for the artic assignments. Kedzie has mainly peak only demand for artics outside of 151 and 12 on weekends and therefore have the oldest artics
  12. 5 points
    Another advantage is they give people on this forum something to argue about.
  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
    Just like the charges are up at Chicago and Austin terminal
  15. 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.
  16. 4 points
    Got 20401 on the 322 now. No stop request cords, only buttons.
  17. 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).
  18. 4 points
    They will get less work and last longer on the Brown Line rather than the Blue Line
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 4 points
    Unsubstantiated posts have been removed. Please be considerate and respectful towards each other in this forum.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    My job involves making sure people follow rules, whether they like it or not. That's not being a snitch, it's doing my job correctly and keeping everyone safe. It's a similar situation to yours, where certain people in charge let them get away with it for too long due to a perceived "no harm no foul", and then they get mad when someone else tells them to follow the rules.
  24. 4 points
  25. 4 points
    Do you have proof of that? There still needs to be a replacement for the 2nd Gen Novas that we all love except you apparently cause you're "special".
  26. 4 points
    If I see an EZ Rider on 307 or 311 when these Morton HS kids in Berwyn leave school for the day imma laugh. I hated how the 35' NABIs out of the poor choice of the driver to use this bus for his run, would even use it knowing there's less space for standing. The bus would get packed full of immature Morton kids. I can tell you this cause I just graduated out of there lol On 311 it's pretty bad cause lots of them get left behind as well. Before I started taking 307, which was faster and less packed, I would leave school as soon as the bell rang and try to walk as much north past Cermak as possible before everyone else goes 1st than me so I can get a good seat. It was so bad freshman year that one time on a half day (and I don't even know why i did this) but the bus was really late and I ended up walking from Cermak & Oak Park ALL THE WAY TO I-290! That's when I realized that I need an alternate route LOL
  27. 4 points
    Can someone else who actually knows the answer explain? I believe I saw just one instructor with those 3 buses. 2 from Kedzie and 1 from Chicago. Could it be that 2 operators from Kedzie and 1 operator from Chicago is training? (Let me know if I answered my own question or if I'm wrong lol) EDIT: If you're just going to answer simply "because they can", why are you here? Only speak if you know what you're talking about. This forum is for sharing detailed info about the inner workings of our transit systems AND providing proof of your claims.
  28. 4 points
    This is becoming a national phenomenon. Reducing number of stops to speed up service. I say it discourages riding as the further a prospective passenger has to walk the less likely they are to do so. I think this is going in the wrong direction, and in the long run will reduce riding. Bus passengers look for convenience. If speed is more importance, you drive.
  29. 4 points
    This forum doesn't have enough discord?
  30. 4 points
    @NewFlyerMCI @Mr.cta85 I found them... I managed to catch the accountant for Speedy Gonzales Landscaping and he said the owners were planning to sell them for scrap. Maybe I'll try and speak to the owners themselves at some point.
  31. 4 points
    Tracked down two more Pace Heritage wraps today. First is Pace 6567 (Nortran) not 6571 as originally stated. Then drove down to Oak Park and photographed Pace 6360 (West Towns). Very productive day to say the least.
  32. 4 points
    Took a ride on Route 603 to Elgin on Friday and photographed Pace 2738 at the Elgin Transportation Center.
  33. 4 points
  34. 4 points
    It's not that one time. He appears to be stoned much of the time & not just weed.
  35. 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
  36. 3 points
    A few observations. 1. All the young men had to do was tone it down when the driver asked them to. Had they complied, the video never happens. 2. Had the young men got off the bus when requested, the video never happens. 3. Obviously they didn't come with either request. Although some would say the driver unnecessarily called the police. the driver could easily feel like he or his passengers could be at risk. Suppose the driver continues driving and he either gets attacked while driving or when the men exit the bus. Remember a driver was recently attacked at 94th and Ashland. Given the time of day (night), Cleary a justifiable preemptive move. 4. The level of disrespect for law enforcement to not move for them. Someone on the video said they were juveniles, but they were grown enough to disrespect their fellow riders, the driver.and the cops. They put themselves in that position. 5. The video doesn't make clear the ages of the men. If they were 17 or older, going to or more likely coming home from work is plausible. Again. Just toning down would have been enough. Without knowing all the facts. I could speculate they got off work earlier and was hanging out possibly getting high. That would explain to me why physical force didn't seem to affect them much. Again speculation only. We will have to wait for the details to come out. 6. Considering only seeing the cops beating them, why did they? We can't see if the men did anything when the cops tried to remove them to cause the cops to react. At least they didn't shoot them. But again the men brought this on themselves.
  37. 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
  38. 3 points
    New Flyer 20406 northbound on #330 at Rosemont CTA Blue Line.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
    I have no idea where the hell to put this, but here we are. From the CTA Board Meeting: There will be an extension to route 157 and realignment of routes 52 and 94 on Kedzie and California These changes will go into effect in April. Route 157 will be extended as a 1 year pilot to the Pulaski Pink Line station and provide service on Ogden between IMD and Pulaski
  41. 3 points
    Let me be the first to congratulate and thank you for that great video. History in the making, right here on the Chicago Transit Forum! Great job!!!
  42. 3 points
    For clarification, 900-909 were sold to CCW. 800-809 remain in south shops, currently inoperable, excepting 804, which is feasting on the souls of retired novas
  43. 3 points
    That's exactly what happened. It's sensitive information I do not want to share here and I don't know why @Erin Mishkin Jr.would even bring this up in the 1st place.
  44. 3 points
    I hope that doesn't happen. I don't want to see another woe is FG/Northwest side post/rant.
  45. 3 points
    oh the humanity it's the end of the world as we know it
  46. 3 points
    Some of the stops are quite far from each other. I tend to believe that a 1/3-1/4 stop distance is reasonable. The problem here is that CTA needs to reintroduce the 56A for city riders.
  47. 3 points
    The Random CTA topic was inexplicably deleted a few weeks ago, so this topic is probably best for “random” observations for the reason given by @YoungBusLover.
  48. 3 points
    Apparently, they meant sick
  49. 3 points
    Two of my friends happened to photograph two of the Pace Heritage wraps. Don Ellison photographed Pace 6770 in Waukegan. Joe Goryl photographed Pace 2825 at Midway.
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