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trainman8119 last won the day on August 19 2019

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  1. I know some stuff needs the "Metra" upgrade (or downgrade depending how you look at it). But lets face it, they cry shortage of power but sure are dragging getting the Amtrak F59s out and running. Some of the F40s are staggering and as predicted when they arrived, the MP36s shake rattle and roll. Fall behind on schedule and your chance of making it up is slim, very slim. I am speaking of the MD...don't know enough about the BN !
  2. I say dead line because they put a whole bunch of engines out there and then just ignore them for months, including Amtrak F59s and the recently delivered 94. For example 92 has been out running and suddenly has found itself at the end of the line in the east yard. There is also a NIRC switch engine in the line for 2 weeks now.
  3. The real answer is h-d then d-g. The bean counters would prefer c-g, but most conductors (emphasizing most) would probably accept the d-g transfer...I know I would. This subject comes up often.
  4. 94 has found its way to the Western Ave "dead line" since last Wednesday. Given the way things are these days, probably will be sitting there for 6 months or more !
  5. For what it is worth, Loco 94 found its way to the dead line at Western Ave last Wednesday. Probably sit there for awhile like most everything else these days.
  6. I should stand corrected and say 6350 Axess buses from West. No NABIs at NW.
  7. Been seeing some 6300s in the yard at NW
  8. For all the hoopla and planning you would think they would have been completely ready to go on this. This has been in the wish list pipeline for 20+ years. It is being rushed through because someone has an agenda on it. It is an overhyped overspent covered up service DECREASE since it is not servicing ALL of the people on Milwaukee Ave equally. To spend money on what is nothing more than an elaborate bus stop, required wrapping (or painting) signal preemption (which wont help you in rush hour with the traffic leading up to said signals) is a waste on something that could be better spend on other projects. There will be some that MIGHT ride this and be happy, but IMO the majority of of passengers will be disserviced in some way.
  9. There is a reason for this. When NCS started, there was limited service gauging ridership. Off peak service was provided by Pace routes 960 and 961. When the service was increased, 960 and 961 were eliminated. The contracts Metra had were with the Wisconsin Central RR which was purchased by the Canadien National RR. The CN has no real desire to provide passenger service. The WC promised Metra the possibility of night and weekend service. The CN when taking over said no. In fact, if you see the last inbound trip (train 120) it operates via the Fox Lake subdivision. That is because the CN would not allow that train to operate south of Grayslake. There is even talk now that after Metra did their NCS cuts a year or so ago, that they are questioning the wisdom of the cuts and would perhaps like to reinstate those trains...but the CN may not let them even though they are allowed 20 trains.
  10. The top will NEVER admit to making a mistake, whether there is proof of it or not. Funny, all those Pulse pictures and amazingly not a soul around to ride them. The inside of those buses with the purple tone is dark and depressing.
  11. Probably 3. 1-Pay of the run picked. Old timers tend to pick runs that make the most money. 2-Route itself. Many drivers prefer to operate certain routes over others whether it be how busy its is, traffic patterns where it goes, etc. 3-Time of day. Believe it or not, many operators will actually choose night runs over day runs. Probably mostly because it is more laid back if you can handle the stress of working the night. Others will choose early day runs to be done early. Others will pick the split runs for $$$ as well as the time off in the middle. There is no form and the rookies really do generally get the crap left over.
  12. No F59s on the UP. They are strictly on the MDW, MDN and NCS
  13. Yes, by all means fixed route. But this Pulse stuff goes away from the fixed route concept and creates a whole new animal. To the average rider, this is a service CUT not an improvement. To the joe on the road or the intersecting bus routes, it creates the possibility of more traffic gridlock. And for an agency with supposed money troubles, you have this desire for these grand service stops instead of a bus stop on a corner and have to have specialty looking buses for the service...again more cost, at least at the start. Pace has gotten away from your standard fixed routes in the past with subscription service, corporate (ie. UPS) funded routes and express movement only via highway (with special lanes and specially designed buses...again more cost put out in other ways). Am I a fan, NO, and if I was a 270 rider stuck in the middle, I probably wouldn't be any more. And by the way....has anyone ridden on one of those 6500 Pulse buses? They are the darkest, most depressing bus I have ever been on. Aside from great a/c they aren't the most comfortable bus to ride on (although better than the newer Novas CTA has) and they rattle an awful lot
  14. As far as I am concerned, it is a terrible money wasting idea. Pace has been on this band wagon for 20+ years. You watch, just like the CTA x routes, these buses will be empty or close to it. Once again, the bread and butter riders get the shaft. This is one type of reason I left Pace many many years ago now...and the new ED fits the mold so well ☹️ Rocky Donohue was so against taking care of the little guy or the grandma who needed to go shopping or something. He was more into smoozing politicians. I see that nothing has really changed. I really disliked it when he became my supervisor.
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