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  1. 10 hours ago, chicagocubs6323 said:

    To clarify for everyone. 

    Argo to Midway = 63W - West 63rd St

    Harlem / Archer to Midway - 62H 


    There are already routes that exist and there shouldn't be anymore that overlap them because that means low ridership and loss of money.

    Correct but what about access from the west suburbs without the need for transferring? 

    Duplication is one thing, but when you have two markets to serve, you could do both and coordinate services. I’m not saying that it would be the best idea, but from a planning perspective it’s also not the worst. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

    Not an official one (that I know of), I've just wanted the 386 to service Bridgeview T.C. My opinion was that a transit center just for the 896 was a waste of money, and at the very least, the 307, 330 and 386 could service it as well, with the 63W/165 coming later, and possibly the 379 Fedex trips and 382 "O" Trips 

    There were plans to restructure Southwest Division to serve Bridgeview at some point (this was back in early 2010 though)...so just getting Bridgeview to serve more than 387 and 855/6 is a start. 

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  3. 9 hours ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

    Awww, Foothill has them now? Booooo. That aside, what garages have buses that are getting replaced?

    I live in the other part of the state, but I believe MV has a bunch. Not sure which MTA division has them. 

    /Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County has a bunch of 40’

  4. On 11/1/2018 at 7:43 PM, Busjack said:

    Article said they were buses assigned to contractors. Looks like LACMTA gave the contractors junk. Is there some policy on that (i.e. the contractors are not going to get the ENCs on order)?


    On 8/23/2018 at 1:48 PM, MetroShadow said:

    Supposedly those would replace the Orion 6’s (which in itself I’m still impressed they’re still around)

    Update: they’ve been out since December, and the ElDorkos have started replacing them en mass...along with some old NABIs https://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/12/06/la-metro-wants-to-replace-burning-buses-in-south-bay-sooner-rather-than-later/amp/

  5. 4 hours ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

    Logically, this makes sense. I see them doing the 30' 30 passenger instead of the 23. Still wish NF or even Gillig. I think Chicagoland might be the largest metro area without an order of Xcelsiors (test buses not withstanding). Alternatively, Pace might be the agency with the largest number of El Dorkos, except maybe LADOT and/or LACMTA?



    Neither LA agency (LACMTA, LADOT, Foothill) has that many ElDorkos, and they’ve just started arriving. 

  6. 9 hours ago, busfan2847 said:

    The 856 replacements on 855 are two additional journeys to the existing timetable starting/ending at Burr Ridge providing additional seats from/to there.

    The 755 has always only stopped at Plainfield and Old Chicago. Apart from the Bridgeview journeys on the 855, the only other change in stopping pattern is 851 only serving White Fence Farm and not starting from Old Chicago.

    Terminology: we call “replacements” “deviations” when diverting from the main route. 

  7. 20 hours ago, Tcmetro said:

    I think they want downtown commuters to drive to the 850 at Canterbury or 851 at White Fence and have Old Chicago for IMD/UIC commuters. My guess is that Old Chicago is more popular than Canterbury and they want to balance the demand. 

    Old Chicago has always been popular and White Fence was secured years ago as an overflow lot from there. 

    This restructuring is a little more streamlined because having 755 stop at only two stations, the 850’s serve the rest, and Bridgeview reflecting as a deviation of 855 (unsure what were the boardings there however).

    The timetables should be out by end of week. 

  8. On 2/19/2019 at 9:54 PM, rvwnsd said:

    Central Avenue in Albuquerque is different than Ashland. For starters, it is narrower. So narrow that the platforms were not built to be ADA compliant so they would fit and in some places there is one ART lane shared by both east- and westbound buses. Then there is the small matter of the Central and Rapid Ride buses running half-full. That said, BRT down Ashland was a dumb idea. 

    I’ll vouch for Central. Movements on that stretch...the entire stretch...aren’t traffic friendly. I never really looked into 766/777/66 ridership to really break it down efficiently. 

    But Ashland ≠ Central. 

  9. 4 hours ago, rvwnsd said:

    According to two articles I found, New York and California also have plans to be all electric by 2040. 

    AC Transit’s got hydrogen electric buses (Vanhool and NF)

    Muni, outside of their electric trolleys have looked at electric buses (big issue are the hills)

    Samtrans and VTA got a few electric buses. 

    Stockton RTD has electric buses (just upgraded their commuter fleet from MCIs to Gillig hybrids)

    Foothill Transit got a bunch of electrics, and will get an electric double tall  

    LA Metro, I believe will end up with one more CNG Order (possibly to get rid of the older NABI’s) but plans to go all electric 

    Others have had hybrids for sometime. 


    But one thing to be to be aware of, we get grants here from the state/air resources board/ feds as needed. 

  10. On 1/28/2019 at 4:00 PM, artthouwill said:

    The 757 runs out of West with regular transit buses.  The 877 and 888 run out of South with the CNG transits

      Once upon a time those two routes had MCIs and then some Eldorado Axxess Express suburban transits. Route 895 runs out of Southwest.  Initially that route ran cutaways, then upgraded to the EZ Riders.  I don't know if they have since upgraded to the 40ft buses.

    All of the MCIs are on the Stevenson Express routes and operate out of Heritage in Joliet.


    Working backwards:

    - The 6900's are out of Heritage and on the 750's/850's, save a Eldorado BRT
    - The 757's run transits. At some point the 2390's (when out of West) ran on the I-290 services, but since has been transits.
    - The 835 (out of Southwest) ran with 2390's, but we should check with webwatch to see if they've moved from the small El Dorkos (at one point, they did have the  1950 series cutaways).

    - Did the 877/888 routes move to CNG's, and they're not suburbans?