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  1. I was looking at some footage of the 1967 Oak Lawn tornado I saw some still shots of buses mangled, crushed and overturned. What bus system was this that operated in this area at the time? I know today is Pace Southwest Div.
  2. Oak Lawn Bus Service, 1967

    Wow! Interesting! Thank you all for the info!
  3. 3200-series - Rehabs

    I hope they keep the both series separate on the Blue! I love seeing an 8 car set of 3200s! Seeing the bright LEDs and destination signs saying "OHare" Makes me proud of the Blue line! Im content we have the 3200s I love that series!
  4. 3200-series - Rehabs

    The OHare branch has been bursting at the seams for years! Ever since the revitalization of Wicker Park, Humboldt and Logan Square neighborhoods Those areas have seen a huge spike in population. The Blue line was no doubt the beneficiary of it. And thats how CTA in most cases predict how to provide current or future service. Sadly, CTA dropped the ball on this one. These were projects that were years overdue. Now it seems theyre having to play "catch up" One more proof of the negligence at CTA with the Blue line
  5. 3200-series - Rehabs

    No one is saying the "Blue Line" has any kind of entitlement!!! Not even me! No line should be completely entitled but it seems the Red line came out the winner with the 5000s Almost 3/4 of the deliveires went to that line Where did their 2600s go??? To the Blue!!! My argument is, and you even said it! In addition to no new updated equipment or station upgrades for far too long, Also, No power upgrades! That of course why CTA cant run newer equipment CTA has neglected the Blue for so long! The Blue isnt a special line any more than the others, but it did deserve some attention!!! Im glad the CTA finally got off their lazy a....s and started paying some attention to the Blue! The 3200s are no doubt a welcome sight! I still cant believe CTA did this!t But look how long we had to wait! This low level of service would not have been accepted in any other part of the CTA system. Why is the "Blue" commonly left behind??? Now that they finally decided to pay some attention to the line They only now realize they have to upgrade the power on the line to handle the 5000s??? I doubt the 7000s will go to the Blue! Its a punchline to a bad joke for CTA and slap in the face for NW side riders! We have just as much service as any of the other lines including serving our major airport! Ask yourself......How would you feel if you lived in an area that had antiquated transit equipment for decades that you rely on everyday as opposed to other areas of the city that did have new and updated equipment and service??? Ask yourself!!! I would imagine you would have the same argument!
  6. 3200-series - Rehabs

    While all the updates were happening on all these lines you state, The Blue remained almost completely unchanged in over 30 years! All the old equipment is usually shipped over to the Blue. Time has stood still on the Blue! My point is CTA should be spending its resources better by making sure all areas of the city are entitled to updated equipment and service! The Blue was totally neglected! So Im sorry if you do not share my opinion but thats my thoughts on it!
  7. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Its a complete joke! The Blue should have had updated cars like the 3200s, which I love personally! Years ago!!! This was a way overdue issue! CTA was allowing the for the 2600s to fall apart including the stations for too many years! Now finding out from a CTA worker, the line is not equipped to handle the 5000s alongside 3200s I told him, "Why am I not surprised???" Even he was telling me how long CTA has neglected the line while others saw many upgrades! He told me that CTA puts the Blue at "the back of the line" when it comes to priorities!
  8. 3200-series - Rehabs

    I had been suggesting it for the last few years! Taking a beating from some on this site! But I didnt care! Im just glad CTA FINALLY is paying some very long overdue attention to the Blue line instead of all the attention and resources going to the Red and Green lines
  9. Mystery Bus

    If my memory recalls I seem to remember a film called "Nothing in Common" with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. (No. he didnt play a bus driver in this one!) Lol It was filmed in Chicago I recall a scene when JG was driving along supposedly on Michigan av when he struck a CTA bus I think this was the bus. I wasant CTA at all.
  10. Here are some pics I took from my trip last year to Dreamliner Bus in Perris, Calif. just outside Los Angeles. This is a GMC 5301, exSCRTD #5050 with the Bus O Rama. Loren Weeks has a nice collection of mostly GMC fishbowl buses as well as a collection of parts. It was basically a fishbowl lovers playground!. Mr Weeks was kind enough to give me a ride on this beautiful bus. The CTA 5307/#9799 and the 5301/#375 that belong to the CHBM collection were stored here for many years after they were retired. The 375 is now off the CHBM roster. I have kept in contact with Mr. Weeks and unfortunately he is selling off the collection. As Im writing this some of these buses that I will display here have been sold to other parties. I will be paying another visit in April to this cool bus collection. The collection consisted mostly of west coast transit agencies, RTD, MTA, SMMBL, MUNI, etc..... Mr Weeks also told me something interesting, he had supplied GMC fishbowls that were exSan Diego Transits for the 1994 movie "Speed".
  11. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Thanks for sharing! Finally glad CTA is getting off their lazy butts and start paying some attention to the Blue line This was way way overdue!
  12. Supplementary 5000s on Blue next pick

    That’s the Pink! I’m referring to the Blue line!
  13. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Totally agree! I personally don’t mind the seating arrange,ent on the 5000s. I just like to see newer equipment for a change. The 3200s I’ve always loved. So I’m satisfied with the 3200s movement. But CTA could always do better!!!
  14. 3200-series - Rehabs

    I have yet to see a 5000 series train on the Blue! We need some phot proof of this.
  15. Supplementary 5000s on Blue next pick

    I’ll just bet the 5000s will make their way to the Blue Line When the 7000s arrive. The Red line of course will as always get first crack! The Red lines 5000s will be shipped over to the Blue. I don’t see the Blue line getting 7000s. CTA doesn’t give the Blue line the attention it so badly needs!
  16. Supplementary 5000s on Blue next pick

    What will probably happen is the 7000s will go to the Red Line All the beat up 5000s will get shipped to the Blue Lline!
  17. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Finally CTA has assigned 3200s to the Blue Line. They should assign 5000s. alongside it.
  18. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    I totally agree with you! Pigheaded management! Unfortunately CTA has a history of placing too much of its attention and resources on the Red and Green lines. The Blue Line if you ride it has been falling apart for decades. They haven’t had a railcar replacement since the early 1980s. I can still remember the day the line opened up to OHare airport. Sept 3, 1984! Using brand new 2600 series cars. Those very same cars are still on the line while the rest of the system has been upgraded and re equipped with newer cars. IMO, CTA Has badly neglected the Blue line for some reason for too many years. The Jefferson Park, Harlem and Rosemont stations are rust covered dirty and outdated. CTA should be equally placing all its resources in all areas of the city, not just on a few areas. Shame on CTA for the way it practices equal Transit service that benefits everyone! !
  19. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    FINALLY!!! Pigheaded CTA manage,ent putting some attention on the long very long neglected Blue Line! 3200s are now finally in service on the Blue! It Only took the CTA 34 years to update the line!
  20. CTA roll sign...

    Heres an old CTA roll sign that I picked up over the weekend. I still havent looked through the whole sign but it looks North Park bus routings. I had never thought a "150" route existed. This looks about late 60s or early 1970s.
  21. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    Looking at that video Theres no doubt of course that bus was traveling at a high rate of speed! This operator is clearly at fault! That should be the number #1 question! This operator obviously had no control of through this intersection! A professional and safe operator would have had good control of this bus which could have avoided such a violent crash. Any thoughts???
  22. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    Saw a 4000 artic on the 56 Milwaukee yesterday at Division. Whats the story on that???
  23. Here is a rundown of equipment currently assigned to Academy/Pace operation, Routes 326,600,606,616,696,699 for those of you who might be interested.... Correct me if I miss one.... NABI 35ft 6604 6645 as of 2-19-08 6605 6646 as of 2-19-08 6606 6607 6608 6609 6610 6611 6612 NABI 40FT 6249 as of 10/09 ORION 40ft 2293 2307 2296 2297 2326 2375 2300 2327 2376 removed from roster as of 02-08 2301 2330 2377 2302 2372 2308 2304 2373 2374
  24. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Apparently the driver wasant aware that the fueling connection wasant compatible with the pumps at the fuel site. I had to get out and explain that he would have to go to CTA and speak with them about it.
  25. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Found this today at a city fuel site off of 35th st. Got to look inside. It is #6539 There was a second bus. Didnt see that one up close.