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Everything posted by MetroShadow

  1. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    I'll go a step further: any bus can be used at any time on any route. Will you see a MCI on a Heritage route on a Sunday? Heck no (even by default). Would you have seen a 2390 on a West route? Heck yes. it comes down to whether or not operations have the fleet to use, and whether you'd want the equipment on the road (but I'd defer to the agreement).
  2. Destination signs

    Are these what you're specifically referring to? (here's a better one)
  3. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    I tried, in my previous life, to enhance the distinction between limited/express and BOS/Premium services. Using the logic above, we have to distinguish between the levels of service, structure, and trips needed. With that said, I believe that the I-94 project could use any bus in the fleet, but that rides on what NS has (or will) get.
  4. Pace Bus Moves

    I'd wager the latter. Any bus could be used on any route at any time. In this case, NW threw the Pulse bus out to the wild.
  5. Man Americana CTA Bus

    Those routes came out of North Park (or Kedzie depending on the pick/trip/block) in the 90's, and the TMC's and MAN's were the primary sources there; and since the artics were on their last legs by the late 90's...you didn't have much of a choice. As for the near/far side stops at Belmont/LSD, it's partially a safety issue (going across a lane of traffic to the on-ramp), minimum spacing required for the buses, and a better spot for boarding. I remember when the stops were moved, and even as a teenager it made sense (of course, you wre subjected to sitting in a bunch of light cycles if you had one of THOSE drivers).
  6. Ladies and Gentlemen, Fox Valley (and Western DuPage), as a result of population density changes since the last restructuring 10 years ago, have proposed service changes that will affect Aurora, Naperville, and surrounding towns (later this year). Changes of note: 4 Routes are replaced3 Routes are modified (to accommodate displaced service)3 New Fixed-routes2 New Call-and-Rides (one new, one replacement route)And a partridge in a Pace Tree.
  7. Fox Valley Division - Changes & Restructuring

    147 as of January. Its a start, but usually with grant funded projects (or any new service) would take years to generate. To maybe get 60% of the service class average would be a good performance measurement goal (on ridership/productivity), but at that point, stronger marketing can (and maybe will) help. I'll also preface that by saying that a trip by trip analysis would be needed to see if the concentration is only limited to rush hour or spread across the entire day. Saturday service doesn't look terrible, but at 30 minute intervals can realize that service could be scaled back. (I'll also venture a guess that hourly midday service would probably be helpful too).
  8. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    Thanks for the clarfication. Between the cutaways and abundance of eldorkos and OTR's...60 is possible. it's been awhile since I visited Heritage.
  9. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    It's a tight squeeze. I'll defer to Jack.
  10. Sports wraps on buses

    Between that and the Flacco bus, MTA is really pushing out their restructuring program for this summer. What better else to (re)introduce their product by asking the sports community to join in.
  11. 755/855 Expansion Coming Forthwith.

    I'd be remiss if Pace couldn't pull a couple of trips off of the Southwest Extra Board to at least get them to Burr Ridge and Bolingbrook, vehicle availability pending. There's also a South 361 that could be thrown into the mix too (from Joliet) or any of the 877/888/390/890 that could get to Bolingbrook after their runs (granted those are likely split shifts); if the schedulers REALLY want to get creative (and that bus isn't tied to any other runs), and even though they aren't OTRs, if you need added capacity, it is time to start thinking about borrowing from other garages to achieve coverage (temporarily). And based on some of those trip start times, it is easier said than done. it's a problem, but a good problem to have, especially if new Plainfield won't be done for at least a year.
  12. Shuttle Bugs

    This isn't like Caltrain or BART where there is opportunity to be made whenever there's a delay (or a meltdown). At the same time, there is logic to this - where if there's money to be made (minus tips), they'll take advantage of it. If there is demand for the last-mile journey, then sure! One could hope Uber or Metra provide data to how this is being used (say, reverse or traditional commuting) based on pick ups and locations.
  13. Random Pace

    That's the only logical conclusion. It's worked well with the 6377+ order that they've decided to just retrofit them all.
  14. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    Haven't we discussed previously that the "wrapped" concept was no longer a preclusion of BoS (and instead it's the bumper sticker decal)? Also: I was under the assumption that any Pace bus can use the shoulder, regardless.
  15. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    No. Rosemont serves as a functional terminal, and Cumberland requires more operational issues and timing.
  16. Community vehicles

    The internal designation (for reporting) is/was a hoot.
  17. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    905 is the trolley, that doesn't count for duplication (nor should it). You can package individual routes to interline with each other (express routes to expresses, a stray 250 to 606, etc.); it's not difficult but entirely up to how HASTUS is packaged to work rules at each garage(s).
  18. Community vehicles

    Spares, in 90% of the time, have the Pace Logo. Blanks are scattered but used for those community org shuttles.
  19. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    Timetable/schedules are up for the corridor routes. 603 604 605 607 608 611
  20. Community vehicles

    Spares for community vehicles or call n rides. Vanpool spares are used for vanpools only.
  21. Community vehicles

    Additionally those blank buses can be used as spares. Jack, technically you're right. Community vehicles are in the "vanpool" class. It's kinda funky how it's reported under.
  22. New Eldorados?

    Are those white headsigns?!
  23. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    Depending on the time, those still might be [funky] interlines, although you are right about the December pick - those should be straightened.
  24. Had to carry this from the "Artics or Increased Service" discussion. I think I was alluding to utilizing Pace (or a coordinated effort between the two) on the 127th side (Crestwood - Hegewisch) since there is a potential for a market, but mainly when the line gets built. You have 348 on the south end and 359 that zig-zags its way through Pullman and Calumet, yes, but those serve almost two distinct markets. With no additional crosstown service between 2.5 miles, there lies a potential opportunity for one of the service boards to carry through service, scale back others (such as the 385), and connect the two Metra stations, the Red Line (once finished), and Hegewisch. Again, this would be better suited once the Extension to 130th is complete; but for now there's no true reason to do so now.