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Everything posted by MetroShadow

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. That's the only logical conclusion. It's worked well with the 6377+ order that they've decided to just retrofit them all.
  9. 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.
  10. No. Rosemont serves as a functional terminal, and Cumberland requires more operational issues and timing.
  11. The internal designation (for reporting) is/was a hoot.
  12. 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).
  13. Spares, in 90% of the time, have the Pace Logo. Blanks are scattered but used for those community org shuttles.
  14. Timetable/schedules are up for the corridor routes. 603 604 605 607 608 611
  15. Spares for community vehicles or call n rides. Vanpool spares are used for vanpools only.
  16. 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.
  17. Depending on the time, those still might be [funky] interlines, although you are right about the December pick - those should be straightened.
  18. With the proper sidewalk installation/ADA compliance and traffic calming (read: make the stretch walkable and not a war zone), it should mitigate those issues.
  19. Be that as it may, I would consider Toyota Park as a alternative for those west/southwest of Midway and Ford City who would want a straight shot to downtown. I can't think of another place that isn't a Metra Station (and Chicago Ridge wouldn't be appropriate save for RideShare).
  20. Amazon's shifts usually are 10-12 hours Assumably yes. For that very reason.
  21. 600 series starts with the December Pick. Tollway upgrades in 2017. Get it? Got it? Good.
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