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  1. Call me crazy but they’re acceleration didn’t get as bad as the 5300 and 6000s did but they might have aged them better. Lol 6000s still had a few healthy engines but they were worn out. All that trunk work at 74th probably lmao
  2. Happens lol. But yeah metra was losing by doing the former $10 weekly unlimited
  3. Is that a rts sold off to another agency?
  4. If it was a 4300 out of north park chances are you had an operator who got used to being able to handle being able to do the lift and tilt quickly to stay on time. Loooooooot of old people so 151, 146 and 22 drivers probably got it down to a science lmao.
  5. Well Your second point while making sense would encounter issues cause to keep the same frequency on say 3, 4, 79 and 87 and use artics means 30 buses each and with artics being 1 1/2 buses thats 45 each across those 4 routes (180 buses for those). So including spare ratio that’s 200/250-300 storage space used for those alone. You add in the other routes now 77th is over loaded With barely room for a spare ratio (meaning more breakdowns and less replacements to keep service flowing)and with all the delays that still end up occurring the artics are essentially taking up extra space with no real trade off thus cta went back to 40ft buses and instead used short turns and pull-ins. Some routes artics work cause more buses And riders take longer trips but trunk lines, the way to thin crowds is to short turn and keep the buses where most of the boardings occur since those trip types tend to be shorter rides to either connect with another bus or whatever generator is there. Think 14 vs 79. 14 riders all load on Jeffery to go downtown so artics are more needed since people stay on longer. 79 yeah the bus stays crowded but more people are probably doing something like cottage to red line or something so they’re not too worried about a seat or comfort. That’s honestly a big mistake Seattle made. Buying longer buses instead of increasing frequency with shorter buses so you have to be lucky to get a bus near you that runs 15 min or better
  6. 2000-3029 and 5000-6029 wouldn’t be options due to the numbers being used for rail cars
  7. Dwell times and slower accel. First time artics came about some runs were cut so the same number of people took longer to board at those stops. 79 and 66 gain better capacity through frequency rather longer buses. And with C and 7 having more routes that benefit from high frequency it’s better to have those two garages house 40 ft so they have more room to maintain the sheer amount of buses those two garages require for the heavy amount of trunk service they provide and still keep a spare ratio for maintenance. 103rd, NP and K all have heavier peak based service and provide either feeder or short routes outside of their downtown service so they don’t need as many buses but what they do have need to be able to carry the more downtown commute based service found at those two garages so artics are more justified vs 77 and C who does more trunk service
  8. Metra so far in replacements the same number slot is always open. If the 1000’s were to get all replaced at once it woulda possibly be with another 1000 series since that’s the only thing left with enough free numbers.
  9. That depends on how the post pandemic world views spacing. Before this artics were thought to be the solution to crowding on local routes which is why they were tried briefly at 77th on 3, 4 and 79 and Chicago on 66. Then the discovery was that some routes needed to speed up buses instead of putting artics which actually slowed down those routes. The idea pre pandemic was a bus that was full and packed was making the most money (also the reason why so many operators fallbehind as layover/recovery times were cut to the bare minimum so as to keep the bus moving with passengers) but now that may change and with the current situation we actually need about 50 more
  10. I personally see more artics being ordered for the fact that post pandemic measures may encourage keeping space to slow any further diseases that may hit
  11. Wild. The way it looks from 79th you’d think they’d ask for either some work ID at the driveway entrance or at least ask what sort of reason you have for trying to enter. Especially since 77th handles so much more for the system compared to other garages. But then again I was able to park at 103rd AFTER a bus was stolen so.... even was able to chill at the garage till a bus could take me home one night cause I got arrested and stranded on 103rd and Luella
  12. Man so how did he get in? I used to live south east and would sometimes leave my car at 103rd to get on a bus to downtown so I know 103rd was pretty open for people to do something like thag but I’d figure 77th would be more secure
  13. I’m not sure about letting the engine lock up but I remember in the 2010 cuts when they were set in stone with no funding relief, flxibles at Archer were drained because the scrap guys require it be done before scrapping for one and two if the cuts were reversed they would have needed the fluids drained and replaced to get all the gunk out and give fresh oils and all that for return to service.
  14. Proofreaders on drugs again
  15. Naw they’re going whereever runs 24/7 so they don’t have to pay for the night
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