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  1. 2005-2009 New Flyer D40LF(Retiring)

    Well, we're several years from this starting.... who knows? New Flyer might replace the Xcelsior with something else by then. And then, you still have Nova Bus and the X-Factor(that being another bus manufacturer). New Flyer and Nova Bus would be the top two because the CTA knows them both and has had good buses from them(6400-Series and 7900-Series from Nova Bus and 5800-Series and 1000-Series, 800-Series and 900-Series from New Flyer-I omitted the 60' because we're talking 40' here).
  2. The Breakdown Thread

    I think the guardrail at Addison and California needs to be addressed or the WB Addison stop there needs to be moved across the street. I barely got to work today on-time because when we got to California, the driver opened the passenger doors to let a passenger off, and some Lane Tech H.S kids opened the rear doors by leaning on them or exiting through them(who knows). *sigh*...... and then this happened. Bus was disabled and had to sit while the Operator called control for instructions. I tried to assist in pushing the doors shut, but they were wedged up against the guardrail. Bus #8282.
  3. Bombardier In Financial Peril

    I have to agree with @Busjack here... wheel casting & bearing issues(so bad the press said they were close to causing a derailment), dynamic brakes failing and even frames not properly secured(missing a bolt) all are in the troubled history of the 5000-series railcars.
  4. Not sure if this is the rail company also that produced the 5000-Series railcars, or just a airplane manufacturer. But it's also Canadian based, like Bombardier is(and name sounds very much the same)... so I'll post it just in case. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/bombardier-plummets-most-since-2015-as-hopes-dim-for-turnaround/ar-BBPtML7
  5. 7000-series - Procurement

    As someone who loves the color, I think the blue hue looks nice.
  6. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Here's one that is making it's final trip on Amtrak from Los Angeles to Chicago via the BNSF Southern Transcon before being changed to a Metra Train(video captured November 3rd at 5:40p MST in Flagstaff, AZ).
  7. 2005-2009 New Flyer D40LF(Retiring)

    We're still several years from a contract being procured for the beginning of retirements of them, but the usual manufacturers the CTA knows come to mind... New Flyer Nova Bus I can't say Proterra right now, as they are an all-electric bus company and even though we have two all-electric buses from New Flyer and 20 on order from Proterra, I still think all-electric buses are in their infancy and will be for the next few years or so until they are proven reliable over a period of a lifespan(12 years minimum). The Hybrid Diesel/Electric buses have better emissions than the Clean Diesel models, and both manufacturers make Hybrids.
  8. 2005-2009 New Flyer D40LF(Retiring)

    Well we know we're getting 20 all-electric buses from Proterra at some point starting next year Link to FY19 Budget Recommendations "Bus investment. CTA continued its efforts to modernize the agency’s bus fleet and work toward making Chicago one of the greenest cities in the world. In 2018, it awarded a $32 million contract for the purchase of 20 new, all-electric buses. In addition to lower emissions that benefit air quality, electric buses offer significant savings in fuel costs and maintenance costs." Following up to @Busjack's quote in a different post... "Over the next five years, as part of CTA’s bus modernization plan, CTA will invest $154.5 million in FY 2019-2023 for the purchase of up to 100 new, fully accessible buses, which will replace older 6400-Series buses. CTA also plans to provide for the initial installment of funds for the anticipated procurement of 150 buses, which will begin to replace 1,030 (1000-Series) buses in revenue service. In 2019, CTA will procure the remaining 25 buses to complete the recent Nova bus order." This pretty much sums up the 20 Proterra buses are not intended for replacing the 6400-Series Nova Bus fleet that still remains. The 100 that remain not ordered yet will do so. I would speculate because all-electric buses are still being tested and CTA is slowly getting more confidence in them that this order that will most likely be placed sometime in 2019 so the buses will be here in 2020, will be for hybrids or clean diesel. The 150 buses mentioned to be ordered separately from the 100 mentioned will start retirement of the oldest 1000-Series New Flyer D40LF buses. But that will probably be procured and arrive closer to the end of FY 2019-2023
  9. CTA 'L' Rosters

    I didn't get pics, but 2771-2772 are also on the Brown Line(I rode it to Montrose this morning).
  10. 2019 CTA Budget

    Well they are anticipating the prototypes in 2019(probably 4th Qtr.), may take about the remainder of 2019 into 2020 to test non-revenue to make sure they are safe and can enter revenue service, then they'll be green-lighted by mid-late 2020 to begin production and entry into service in 2021 assuming no defects are found.
  11. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Puce seats? Is that a color hue, Busjack? Not being smart, but just curious.... there are all sorts of names for color hues and I'm sure I've not heard all of them.
  12. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    I doubt very much about 4333, as that bus was pretty badly burned(pics are somewhere on the site, but I don't know where to look for just a few pics).
  13. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Looks like 3351 has been paired with 3448, I know mismates are usually even/odd(interesting one with roofboard, one without). But what happened with 3447? I thought it was not wrecked(I haven't kept up on the damaged railcars, I know 3351-3352 was involved in a derailment at Kedzie).
  14. Random CTA

    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!
  15. Random CTA

    There is.... here's the link, helps to put it in the reply to find it faster(good forum members help each other out ).