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  1. There's an art gallery at 301 E, right across the street. Probably related to that.
  2. If you're talking about the slanted driver's window, i always thought that was to reduce glare. The designs are similar, which I think was just a sign of the times. Compared to today's standard of everything being rounded/curved.
  3. Yea I see them layover alot near Olgivie. One morning while waiting for the #20 at Olgivie, a J14 pulls up and I overhear the whole convo between operator and supervisor. Due to the summer closure on Columbus/Balbo, J14s were really backed up. The operator told the supervisor he was supposed to deadhead back south and do another in service NB trip, then sb 192 trip. The supervisor didn't think he'd make it back on time and had the operator go around and sit on Canal until the time was right.
  4. The J14, downtown terminals are around the block from each other. I always see the supervisor in the morning at Olgilvie, directing J14 to 192 as needed if a bus is late.
  5. To take these two peak direction only routes and turn them into bidirectional, all day routes 7 days a week would constitute a huge service increase. Probably the biggest service increase ever embarked by CTA just to improve two routes. It would take more than simply interlining trips with other routes, you'd for sure need more drivers and buses than the current baseline. The cost would be astronomical and probably give the budget and finance staff ulcers.
  6. The computer records the bus's on time performance or the operator's? Artics were running on congested, urban streets all over the world decades before CAD ever existed. That said, there MAY be a need for more time when a local route is running all artics. But, I dont think that an artic needs significant more time to complete a trip in comparison to a 40 footer. Especially at nights and on weekends when many CTA routes are running 20 minute headways and congestion is minimal. I mentioned a trial run as a way for CTA to gauge customer satisfaction and find out what local routes - if any - can succeed with artics. I dont think the relatively small group of Chicago & 77th operators who drove artics on local routes in recent years and complained VERY LOUDLY should run the show.
  7. Well they've never tested and done a trial - like an actual business would - so who knows really?
  8. From a customer perspective, a bigger bus means more space/better chance at a seat so articulated buses could be used on a lot more routes. Especially at night and on weekends when you have the additional capacity to enhance rider's comfort level. There's so many known ways to decrease dwell times at stops that i don't know how to digest CTA/CDOT's apparent inertia on that front.
  9. So, CTA just needs to study and fully understand the rideshare market? Gotcha.
  10. What would solve the problem posed by Crain's?
  11. Well the post I replied to didn't have the qualifier of innovative solution. But yes, BRT and what makes a good BRT system has been known for decades. TSP may present a problem with having to rewire all traffic lights but red paint for bus lanes, bulb outs for bus stops, and pre-pay, level boarding go a long way in improving speed and reliability. The up front expenditure may be high, but CTA would save money if the time savings are sustainable. The fact most American transit agencies have sat on their hands for decades and done nothing with BRT technology and coasted on with the status quo is why Uber/Lyft exists in the first place. And the fact you wouldn't ride the L at 11:45 on a Saturday night doesn't mean the CTA shouldn't plan and operate a good service for those that currently ride at that time or potential new customers.
  12. Yes, I think it would help CTA's ridership losses that are occurring during all periods of the week, even weekday peak periods. The service that CTA offers is lacking, so they need to try something other than throwing their hands up and saying we dont have dedicated funding so the status quo must stay. I really hope our transit leaders don't have a defeatist attitude because we could easily see our transit system go the way of the dinosaur if innovative solutions to retain and grow ridership aren't taken.
  13. CTA will have to convince the Mayor and CDOT to embark on a serious initiative to install TSP & queue jumps, bus lanes with camera enforcement, bus bulbs, and pre-pay boarding - essentially create a network of quality BRT routes in the city. Simply reintroducing the X routes won't cut it if they're stuck in traffic. It really sucks that Ashland BRT couldn't garner more support years ago when proposed because today we could've had a system in place that would give people what they really want: SPEEDY, reliable transportation. The NLSD rebuild is another seemingly missed opportunity where CTA Should be in the forefront demanding HOV or bus lanes to improve transit operations.
  14. So, if CTA gave all routes an appropriate schedule, would that eliminate bus bunching? Chicago isn't like most American cities with wide open 4/6 lane streets. Until the CTA can convince the City that it needs priority on streets in terms of bus lanes and signal preemption, there will be bus bunching. I don't think the CTA could ever perfectly schedule buses or manage them in real time when there is literally hundreds of thousands of individual cars in the mix.
  15. Bears game. I remember a few years back seeing this on a Sunday morning. A sight to see State St empty with attics parked in the middle.
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