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  1. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Don't you look at the dates of the posts to which you reply?
  2. Pace 2019 Budget

    Maybe that's what Pace used to justify its cover story about North.
  3. Pace 2019 Budget

    I didn't realize you were referring only to the white ones, as you clarified immediately above. Thus, I have to amend: Would be enough to retire 10. Except I also have to amend That's a CNG and not going anywhere. However, with regard to As I indicated above, they sure could, as they could go over to NW and be reinstated on routes like 230, 234 and 696, and some 40 ft buses then get transferred to W.
  4. The Breakdown Thread

    Only if it were a NABI or 4333.
  5. 7000-series - Procurement

    Moot speculation about CTA's motives at this point. Just as CTA pointed out that no one protested when CTA withdrew the first solicitation, it doesn't appear that anyone protested the first specification.* Either one accepts CTA's explanation that it didn't like the first set of bids or not, but at this point it doesn't matter. *As other bus builders did to the 4400s spec intended to get MAN a sole source contract.
  6. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Yes it was. Instead of rejecting the first round of bids and trying again, it could have awarded the contract to Bombardier instead of saying that more competition was necessary.
  7. Pace 2019 Budget

    We don't even know that. Add together that the budget hasn't said anything about 40 foot buses (but I know those discrepancies) and the contract has not been let in the Oct. and Nov. board meetings, I wouldn't expect anything until at least 2020.
  8. Random CTA

    They have to do something, now that they don't have to crank the run box and reset the fare registers. But you gave "street relief" a new meaning.
  9. Pace 2019 Budget

    Not enough cuts there to wipe out about 70 buses (including white NABIs still around). Most are weekend only, which doesn't save any buses. Only weekday ones that use 40 ft buses are 304 (1 bus), 326 (2 buses), and 362 (1 bus). Arguably some 30 ft. buses could be moved back to NW, but that picks up about 4 to 6 buses. 10 buses aren't 70. Tri State between Balmoral and 95th is supposed to be rebuilt to Smart Road standards. Don't expect anything until then. Obviously, not. 889 failed miserably (most trips didn't leave Blue Island), and the only thing remaining from that CMAQ project is 895.
  10. 3200-series - Rehabs

    @garmon757 also brought up the bad track conditions on the Forest Park branch, which includes the Blue Line Vision Study.The latter indicates that not much of anything has happened since January 2017, or almost 2 years ago. That's why I said that the 3200s going to the Blue Line and the Orange Line only having 2600s indicated to me that the Orange Line is getting the 7000s first, which, from the budget looks like 2021. IMO, they aren't going to cut it that close on the Blue, nor put the 3200s back on the Orange, although anything is possible.
  11. 2005-2009 New Flyer D40LF(Retiring)

    I was assuming so. The next place I was going to go was "what were you predicting in 1996 would be purchased to replace the 200 D901 Rustbuckets due for immediate replacement?" Flxible was just about to go out of business, for instance. But, based on your comment, there would not be any point to pursuing that. I'm not sure what you mean by this. At this point, CTA is only contractually obligated to take 25 Novas and 20 electrics. There are options for 25 more electrics, which CTA can exercise or not. Other than that, there isn't any other outstanding contract, so CTA would have to solicit another one to purchase any buses in addition to the 70 indicated in the preceding sentences. However, the contract for up to 45 electric buses doesn't preclude CTA from soliciting proposals for diesel or any other kind of buses.
  12. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Only things officially mentioned were EMDs.
  13. 2005-2009 New Flyer D40LF(Retiring)

    On what timeframe are you operating? The 1000s are scheduled first, and only a few are on the current 5 year capital plan. The artics are now only getting midlife rehabs, and there are 100 too many of them. Maybe you have the psychic ability to tell us what bus models and manufacturers will be around in 2027.
  14. Pace 2019 Budget

    ...which ends it in my book.
  15. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    This year you can look for Mayhem instead of the cyclops Elmo. Should be easier to locate.