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MetroShadow last won the day on October 8 2015

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  1. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    Any bus can be used on any route. Even the OTR'S. And I’ve seen standard 40footers be used on Transbay. The blocking gets janky. (Fun fact, their scheduling manager was once a scheduler for CTA for a while) The OTRs are also older, which the maintenance costs would be higher to maintain (and operationally different) than a 60ft. That said, the District started using suburban Gilligs (and the double deckers) to address this issue. And the artics I’ve seen here have been used on the NL and O, which are all day services.
  2. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    AC Transit is swapping out MCI commuters in ordering 60 footers and double deckers. We went into a discussion years back about using double deckers; but in the Bay Area context they’re going to be more effective on maintenance than the OTRs (they have suburban Gillig’s as well).
  3. New Eldorados?

    That's usually part of the headsign programming package. Usually, the first or last code to insert. I believe "Metra Station" is part of that package as well (set by HASTUS?)
  4. Dockless Bikeshare is a thing now.

    Theoretically, yes. We still have to work with the City of Berkeley due to exclusivity agreements with Motivate (the parent company of FordGoBike and Divvy). We can still launch, but when it comes to off-campus trips, we have to be cognizant of spaces and use of parking spots. This is something that many companies have reached out to us, but still need to solve that problem - you're only as effective as to telling your clientele to "park within the geofenced zones." As a separate entity from, say, the City of Berkeley; but thinking in a Chicago context is that there's not much competition, unless say, if you wanted to do it in Schaumburg - if you leave a bike in Robbins, you'll be paying a surcharge (or, what some companies do is write it off). It's hilarious what I've found in the Bay Area as of late (either on fire, in a lake, or a chop shop).
  5. I've had the pleasure to not only work on Transit and TDM programs in Chicago, but in the Bay Area. Now overseeing transit programs at UC Berkeley, I've had the pleasure (or dread, depending on how I feel) to field questions to my students about dockless bikeshare programs. Not that it is a problem in Chicago-proper (Divvy is popular and I miss it), perhaps a lot of the suburbs (that aren't Evanston) might want to start a Dockless BikeShare program of their own. One thing that stands out: gotta read your audience and that Chicago is vastly different than the Bay Area. Accessibility and low-income program access is another, but you really don't want to have eleventy billion bikes clog the ROW. Thankfully I predict that the competition may eat each other or will fold in the next year. More here.
  6. New Eldorados?

    2018 (Pick the March or August picks)
  7. Run numbers

    None of the above.
  8. PACE supervisors

    Adding to the second, road supervisors can be dispatched to view the area and make the appropriate changes. Pace has done this in the past (see: flooding along the Des Plaines), along with my experiences with the agencies in the Bay Area. Send the staff out to make the call and relay the detours in a bulletin.
  9. Ventra - Bugs, Feedback, and Questions

    Yeah. You have to pay fares from credit card to the app, not credit card to Ventra Card to tag on. They aren’t there yet.
  10. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    Probably create an all-stop combo (such as the 850's) if staffing and buses are too much.
  11. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    The market operates differently than I-55. Comparing the two is dangerous and inaccurate.
  12. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    If I'm not mistaken, that's with the restyled headlights. In any case, pretty!
  13. Changes are coming

    Here's an update, to be a fly on the wall when this was re-planned out... Still rebalancing and some service changes, but South Chicago Saturday service is retained.
  14. South Halsted transit study

    North Shore is still a work in progress...
  15. Pace Destination Signs

    When I visited last week, the westbound trips were different. 208 Schaumburg / NW TRANS CTR