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  1. 1 hour ago, Sam92 said:

    I'm not the one that "feels attacked for my opinion". Obviously it's something you've been doing and I don't blame the other operators for jumping down your throat for your recent relatively garbage opinions on how every operator is automatically in the wrong just cause they dont drive like you. ūü•īūü§ę¬†Last I checked you're a retired operator not the investigation team your input on what these operators were doing were pretty out of pocket

    The only garbage is what you keep writing to me! Your obviously too ignorant to understand other peoples opinions!  Im glad you dont like what I have to say. Gives me more ammo! 

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  2. On 7/2/2020 at 11:36 AM, jajuan said:

    You're free to state your opinions, but not free of the responses they may bring. Words have consequences. You went down a path of pretty much saying that because you were an operator you know what an operator could or should have done in accidents to which you had no true details about other than the end results. Given that each operator is different and not all accidents are the same, that's rather arrogant. So you can't be surprised that others who are current operators would be offended by that especially given that drivers of the other vehicles transit buses are sharing the road with are more reckless in their driving than operators contended with in the past. And yeah there is the fatigue factor that's quite possible since last pick, for which just about all fell under the state and city lockdown caused by COVID-19, operators had to contend with taking on the brunt of more work caused by a significant number of runs going unfilled when others were out due to calling out sick, taking personal days, or being out on vacations. On top of taking up the slack, this also resulted in dealing with the stresses of being berated and yelled at because of the big gaps in bus service that were happening on an increasing basis. Operators had also been dealing with more people riding the bus than actually should or might have been because of buses effectively being free due to the rear door boarding and CTA not putting the Ventra card readers at the rear doors as they said they would. Add to that being yelled at by riders already on the bus because they passed up riders at bus stops once their buses got too full as a result of the increased nonessential riding caused by the suspension of fare collection. That last part was in spite of CTA announcing several times over that buses are now to operate at reduced maximum passenger loads and that buses would become drop off only and run express should the reduced capacity be reached. Simply put the work environment is different than that from when you last worked for the agency, and that difference is large enough for you not to be able to say to present operator that you know what their individual responses could and should have been at the instant either of them experiences an accident especially  when you have zero knowledge or evidence of the contributing factors were leading to the accident. 

    Oh, believe me, I dont get upset here!  It takes way more than these responses to get me going!!  ;)  But it does seem almost every post I make, regardless of the content, some on here cant hack it!  So they feel they have to get defensive and in a couple of instances Ive been insulted on here!   Im way better than that!  I wont waste my time!  I know I strike a few nerves on this site. But I dpnt have to agree with what everyone here says! I will say whats on my mind!  Im an experienced bus operator myself, my dad was nearly 30 year veteran of CTA. Ive been around this agency almost my whole life. I pay attention!  And I know some of how this agency operates and that they dont always play with a fair deck. Im not some outsider, Ive been out there, Ive taken the verbal abuse and dealt with the bad traffic and weather conditions. I have scars of my own!!! I know what I know from what Ive observed and experienced! So dont anyone lecture me here!  But oh well!  Ill just continue to post my opinions and thoughts I guess and If you dont like what I have to say, you dont have to respond OR insult!!  Im respectful of others thoughts and opinions here. I may not always agree but I let people have their say and I should expect the same courtesy. If you dont like what i have to say.....Then Just Keep Scrolling or Just Move On!  :)   I wish some members on here would act a little more civilized and let people speak their minds!  Isnt that what this site is for???

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  3. On 7/4/2020 at 6:20 AM, Mr.cta85 said:

    You can say whatever you want but when you say something like that, as a operator and just a person who look at things from all angles I’m going to respond to you or anybody who say something crazy like that. 

    Thank You!!!  I will say whatever I want to say!  Why some of you get off defensive about it instead of acting a bit more civilized, is beyond me!  But whatever!  Ill continue to post!  Just keep in mind. You dont have to respond! No one is saying you have to!  

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  4. On 7/4/2020 at 8:58 AM, artthouwill said:

    It's okay to state your opinion.   You probably need to preface your posts by saying it's your opinion.   You can't get mad if someone disagrees with your opinion.  

    As one who has taught Defensive Driving and was certified by the National Safety Council,  I trained drivers to drive at safe speeds and to look and recognize potential hazards ahead of time and be prepared to take defensive action   Without seeing video of these accidents,  it's too hard to just say the driver shouldn't have hir the buildings.   Those cameras not only show what the driver was seeing, it shows the drivers and what he was doing prior to initial impact.  Each case is different and will be judged accordingly.

    Seemingly these accidents are NOT the fault of the driver.   I think your concern is the bus veering into buildings.  Ideally that Becker happens. 

    The thing CTA  and others look to see is if an accident was PREVENTABLE    This a separate issue from fault.  What, if anything, could a professional driver reasonably have done to avoid the accident.   Ab accident may not be a driver's fault,  but he could still be charged with a PREVENTABLE accident. Most of these cases didn't seem to be preventable, though I can't judge without seeing the video. 

    Oh, believe me, I dont get upset here!  It takes way more than these responses to get me going!!  ;)  But it does seem almost every post I make, regardless of the content, some on here cant hack it!  So they feel they have to get defensive and in a couple of instances Ive been insulted on here!   Im way better than that!  I wont waste my time!  I was an experienced operator myself, my dad was nearly 30 year veteran of CTA. I know how this agency operates and they dont always play with a fair deck. Im not some outsider. Ive been out there, Ive taken the verbal abuse and dealt with the bad traffic and weather conditions. I have scars of my own!!! I know what I know from what Ive observed and experienced! So dont anyone lecture me here!  But oh well!  Ill just continue to post my opinions and thoughts I guess and If you dont like what I have to say, you dont have to respond or insult!!  Im respectful of others thoughts and opinions here. I may not always agree but I let people have their say and I should expect the same courtesy. If you dont like what i have to say.....Then Just Keep Scrolling or Just Move On!  :)   I wish some members on here would act a little more civilized and let people speak their minds! 

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  5. On 6/30/2020 at 2:51 PM, Mr.cta85 said:

    You sound crazy as hell for that remark that operator wasn’t even charged to begin with and probably a better operator than you were. Just cause you never had a accident does not mean that this operator wasn’t a good, well trained, disciplined bus operator it just mean they reacted to the situation differently than how you think you would have smh. I’m real disappointed to see such comments coming from you especially a former operator who has the same training as we all did at Cta. I’m sure in your time at Cta you made mistakes so you don’t have the right to say such things when you know what you know about operating a bus and dealing with people from all walks of life.

    Easy there!!!  Im just stating my opinion!  Arent I allowed to say whats on my mind??   Chill Bruh!!!

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  6. On 2/8/2020 at 9:23 AM, garmon757 said:

    3293 3295 3389 3391 3393 and 3405 Blue Line

    I hope they eventually equip the Blue with all 3200s and no more 2600s. Along with the Brown, send 2600s them back to other lines like the Red, Orange lines


  7. 21 hours ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

    So drivers are intentionally crashing into buildings for... reasons?

    Only that operator would know why! A good, well trained, disciplined bus operator will not use a building to stop their vehicle in the event of  collision. Yet at CTA it happens all to often! 

      

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  8. 1 hour ago, YoungBusLover said:

    Well the cause was due to an aggressive tow truck driver. Once again just like what happened with #1925 and #8023 aggresive drivers have caused accidents in the past several months that catch operators off guard. Fullerton and Laramie isn't an intersection I believe you carry a lot speed to begin when going through it. The operator wasn't charged with causing the accident but was injured along with six others due to the negligence of the tow truck driver.  

    I had a collision with my bus once where a vehicle came at me without warning. Yet i managed to keep my bus under control and was able to stop safely without risk of plowing into a building or injuring my passengers. If these bus operators involved in these accidents were speeding and plowing into a building then shame on them! They should know better. Its just too many times we see this!  Its just strange!      

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  9. On 5/29/2020 at 2:28 PM, qwantae said:

    And from the past, 1600s/ 9900s Flyer D901, D40LF 5800s and 900s.  D40/D60 High Floors are only thing that was missing from CTA 

    I would have loved to have seen NF D40/60HFs in Chicago  I rode them on the west coast and they were amazing and the coolest sounding buses.  What could have been!!!!   I also always wonder why Gillig is never a contender. Or do they even bother to submit a bid  Theyve been building buses just as long as any other manufacturer left! Maybe they have the west coast systems in the bag probably 


  10. When I was a bus operator, I was always disgusted when someone would leave their Popeyes bag full of food scraps or chicken bones on the seat. I would be so irritated. I cant leave it on the seats for my next trip so I had no choice but to clean it up. But it would certainly piss me off!  When I worked at Pace that was never an issue.  

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  11. On 6/17/2020 at 3:41 PM, Erin Mishkin Jr. said:

     

    Was that someones meal left on the seat???  If so, why is it that people cant pick up after themselves???  It pisses me off when people leave their trash on buses and trains!  


  12. On 6/20/2020 at 7:20 PM, YoungBusLover said:

    I wish 77th would get some 6400s again. 

    They can have them!!! LOL!   Saw 6710 on Route 18 this morning  So weird to see them elsewhere outside of FG 

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  13. 21 hours ago, Chammon Moore said:

    6734 is on the 156

    6772 is on the 60

    1645 is on the 3 

    6730 is on the 120

     

    I was watching ABC7 news live around 5p  The news camera captured a 6400 series turning onto Blue Island ave  So that tells me it was on the 60!. Did they move them to other facilities???


  14. On 6/17/2020 at 10:41 AM, NewFlyerMCI said:

     

    Doesn’t FG not have lifts for artics?

    No, its only equipped for 40ft buses  Its a smaller facility. But there is land that looks like it belongs to CTA now and could possibly be beneficial for expansion. FG needs a serious updating  They still have a 1950s "ball" logo on the maintnenace side.  


  15. 18 hours ago, Shannoncvpi said:

    Cool they maybe able to get artics then 

    If thats the plan! There's has also always been talk about relocating FG. But there really isnt any location on the entire NW side to replace the facility. My guess


  16. 9 hours ago, BusHunter said:

    #6678 was out at the east end on the #78. That was the only #6400 I saw and I was out there a good 6 hrs. 

    I saw it on  Milwaukee a couple days ago!!! I wondered why it was on the street. 


  17. On 5/31/2020 at 10:27 AM, Anthony Devera said:

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the management at Chicago and 77th decided to get rid of their artics because they were making routes much slower, and the remaining artic garages didn't really need more, so that's why we have the surplus. It would be best if Chicago and 77th would keep their artics; they both have routes that could really use them. And FG and 74th also have routes that could use them. If artics didn't work on the 66, how do they work on the 12? I left out the 79 because Chicago and Roosevelt are mostly 4-lane roads, while 79th is mostly a 2-lane road, and that might be a factor.

    Instead of just normal 30' buses, I wonder if cutaway vans could be a solution for some routes. Those would be good for routes that run on narrow streets (96, 172), and they would be more fuel-efficient than a 30' bus.

    FG could uses artics But they dont have the facilities to perform maintenance on them such as hoists. Im curious to know if FG will be expanded. They purchased the surrounding factories which are now fenced off and CTA signed   If they tear down the building  FG will have a significant increase in space. FG could use an update!  

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  18. On 5/23/2020 at 9:59 AM, artthouwill said:

    What I would love is for CTA to return to the "Green Limousine." I would take either the livery starting with the 1000/7400 series GMC GMC fishbowls or the 7000 series MAN articulated buses.  That scheme continued through the 9800/1600 series Flyers and the 4300 series MAN Americanas.  I suppose the dark green of the 300s, 3500s would also work 

    A less desirable option would be to take the schemes from the ORD Parking lot shuttles which depict the city colors and theme. 

    Somehow I think CTA will differentiate the electric fleet from the rest with either a modified version of the current livery or a special wrap.

    The new livery started with the Flyer D901s and MAN Americanas 


  19. On 4/30/2020 at 7:04 PM, Shannoncvpi said:

    Wow hard to say if it's staying cuz it was originally FG bus guess they say put our sticker in it so it can fell like ours again 

    Should have stayed an FG bus! They should return the Novas they took from FG.  I hope they bring more back!  

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