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  1. Random CTA

    To ask this question, so I don't go off-topic in another thread, I thought I'd create this one... Today, I boarded CTA Bus #6102 operating the #152. It sounded different than usual. Noiser and more turbo sound on acceleration. Anyone else know if this bus just has a bad exaust system, a turbo system added or turned on in the Detroit Series-50 engine on it, or has it been fitted with a Cummins C8.3 engine? The sound reminded me vaguely of a Cummins C8.3 6300-Series bus(noisy engine + turbo sound during acceleration). You may use this thread to share stories about a ride on the CTA Buses/Trains, but please watch your words(The CTA has many people that anger us, both Operators and Passengers, but we must keep a civil tone here)!!! No personal attacks: Hateful language and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by Kevin(Taken from Kevin's posting guidelines). I'm sure this means swear words too, so let's try to keep swear words to a minimum!
  2. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Rosters moved to the "CTA "L" Rosters" thread for easier locating... 2018 CTA Holiday Train Schedule: December 11th December 13th December 15th(Photos w/Santa) Red Line:(Updated 12/17/17) 2600-Series Cars(Budd Company/Transit America 1981-1987) No Cars Assigned to this Line 3200-Series Cars(Morrison-Knudsen 1991-1994) No Cars assigned to this Line 5000-Series Cars(Bombardier Transit Corporation 2009-2015) (406 Cars Total) 5203-5400 5501-5516 5523-5714 7000-Series Cars(CSR Sifang America JV 2019-2022) Prototype Planned To Be Delivered In 2019 Red Line also borrows Purple Line equipment on occasion Red Line loans out four random 5000-Series cars to the Yellow Line. Photos copyright © Chicago-l.org. Off-site Photos copyrighted to their respective owners.
  3. The Breakdown Thread

    The broken down Flxible 6000 I saw today inspired me to make this thread.... If you have a broken down bus or train story(whether you were on the vehicle or not), please share it. It can be any bus or train type the CTA or PACE uses or used(Metra stories are OK too). If you happen to remember the bus/train car#, you may share that as well(I guess being the son of a Bus Mechanic makes me like hearing breakdown stories, go figure).:P
  4. This topic will be started sooner or later... So I figured I'd just lay out the groundwork for when that time comes. No retirements are scheduled yet, but I will put up the lists here and deduct when they start coming in. I'm doing the lists as full(none retired) as I don't know what is out there and what isn't. Reply in PM or response and let me know what to remove.
  5. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    Should be seeing a Press Release about the Holiday Train soon. Last year, the train debuted on Friday, 11/29/13(day after Thanksgiving). It should do the same thing this year, so 11/28/14 will be the debut of the "Santa's Express" 'L' Train. Countdown To The Ho-Ho-Holiday Train 2014: 1 Day!!! http://youtu.be/kSyx6DaUwxA
  6. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    Here's the 2018 CTA Holiday Train on the Brown Line today...
  7. Annual Holiday Bus

    We're just under 8 weeks until Christmas now..... we should be hearing about assignments of the 2015 Holiday Train sometime close to Thanksgiving, but after the debut of the Holiday Bus last year, does anyone think the CTA will bring it back for this Holiday Season? If so, I'd like to see it expanded to other routes as well(I never got the chance to take it in as it was just on select routes). What do you think about it's chances of returning this year and the thought of it being spread on other routes too.
  8. The Breakdown Thread

    Well, I remember a bus that disappeared for a long time after it crashed into another way back in 2003(#6131), but it returned with parts from 6000-Series buses and 5300-Series buses(the handrails, one from each series bus). Looks like #6147 was involved too, and I know that bus came back quickly. Matter of fact, you were the one who posted all the news clips about it, @BusHunter. Goes to show you that a bus can be restored to operation.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 7000-series - Procurement

    As someone who loves the color, I think the blue hue looks nice.
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. I saw a video of a Mom with a 2-yr. old forced off a TriMet Bus by the Bus Operator because the toddler was tired and wouldn't stop crying. I think this was very much the wrong way to handle this situation. Story
  18. CTA 'L' Rosters

    I didn't get pics, but 2771-2772 are also on the Brown Line(I rode it to Montrose this morning).
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    Rosters moved to page 3 of topic with each garage having an individual thread with both numerical and photo data of bus types at each garage. Rosters now in new thread topic.... Links below will take you to them..... Shortcut Links: Note: Links with a Blue Exclamation Mark(!) denote a roster change. Last Update: September 14, 2018 Chicago Garage(!) Forest Glen Garage(!) Kedzie Garage(!) North Park Garage(!) 74th St. Garage(!) 77th St. Garage!(!) 103rd St. Garage(!) South Shops/Retired Buses(!) BusHunter's Roster All photos copyright © to Chicagobus.org, Kevin Zolkiewicz, or the owner of the photo used. New Roster Page BusHunter's New Flyer Rehab Roster garmon757's New Flyer Rehab Roster Old Bus Pics
  22. 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).
  23. Forum, Welcome to CTA Bus Garage Rosters Version 2.0. I have decided that going forward, this will be the new page of all roster changes as they occur. All garages will be noted on here as well as all buses in various stages of Out Of Service(e.g: accident, retirement & prep for scrap, etc...). Enjoy!!! -sw4400 Chicago Garage(Updated: 8/1/18) Garage Code: 5 6400-Series NOVA LFS(2000-2002) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 1000-Series New Flyer D40LF(2006-2009) (148 Buses Total) 1368-1369,1371-1372,1374-1386,1804-1820,1822-1838,1933-2029 800-Series New Flyer DE40LF(2006) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 4000-Series New Flyer DE60LF(2008-2009) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 4300-Series New Flyer DE60LFR(2012) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 4333-Series New Flyer D60LFR(2013) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 700-Series New Flyer XE40(2014) No Buses Assigned To This Garage 7900-Series NOVA LFS Smart Bus(2014-2016) (124 Buses Total) 8100-8211,8224-8235 Photos Copyrighted to the following: -Kevin Zolkiewicz, & Chicagobus.org -Corey Ellison -garmon757 -John Rios -Jovan Jones
  24. CTA Rail Service Alerts

    I'm going to post Minor Delays, Signifigant Delays andService Disruptions Rail Alerts in this topic when I notice them, since they do count as breakdowns in some sense. You can as well if you wish. Here's how alerts will be posted: Sudden Alerts: Alerts that impact rail lines due to mechanical issues, medical issues, weather-related, etc... will be posted immediately once I notice them occuring(if I happen to not notice them for whatever reason, they won't be posted. However, chicagobus.org members are free to post alerts they notice). Construction Alerts: Alerts that impact rail lines due to construction. These could vary from station bypasses, single tracking, etc... these alerts will only be posted for ones that occur during high travel periods on the "L", which is typically between 6a-9:59p. Overnight alerts will not be posted as these are low travel periods on most lines. This isn't just my thread.... this is all of ours. You can post the alerts here too. You can post them using the layout I use or one of your own. I do the layout you see to ID the rail line, and the severity of rail service interruption with Red being most Severe, Orange being Significant and Green being Minor So here's the 1st one... 12/18/10 1:10p: Orange Line Riders: Signifigant Delays at Halsted(single track) due to equipment problems in the area. Board on "Loop" bound side of platform. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alert Template(For Quick Entries): DD/DD/DD TT:TT Rail Line(s) Affected: Level Of Service Interruption: Information: Media Source(s): Service Interruption Update:
  25. 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).