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orionbuslover last won the day on August 30 2015

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  1. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    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.
  2. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    Well they've never tested and done a trial - like an actual business would - so who knows really?
  3. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    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.
  4. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    So, CTA just needs to study and fully understand the rideshare market? Gotcha.
  5. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    What would solve the problem posed by Crain's?
  6. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    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.
  7. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    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.
  8. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    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.
  9. Combining Bus Routes

    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.
  10. Random CTA

    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.
  11. Orange Line a.m. trains to Kimball

    After Belmont, the Purple shares the same track as the Brown line. There would be no time savings for the Purple line because they're all stuck behind a Brown. I can see the headlines now if passengers at those stations get passed by not fully packed Evanston trains.
  12. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Pride parade and July 4th fireworks, nothing new, just happen once a year. You'll have to be on the lookout for major events or you'll miss the special operations. Pride Parade is always on Sunday, which has the least amount of service. Looks like the CTA wants those particular crosstown routes to have extra capacity without extra buses. So, Kedzie sends over their spare artics to be operated by the normal Chicago Garage operators . The fireworks show is what 20 mins top? That's tens of thousands of people coming and going in a very short time. Artics will help, but the overall numbers of buses needs to be increased to present to the public any form of useful service. With big events, all the garages pitch in. As andre said up top, in this scenario, they use run numbers assigned to their home garage and manual mode can put up any sign as needed.
  13. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    Actually, ridership drops way off in the summer and winter, especially. During the cold winter months, people really consolidate their trips on the system. Summer ridership, even with all the concerts, festivals, and tourists, is still behind Fall and Spring ridership. CPS students and staff, and all the universities students and staff add a lot of ridership to the system. I'm not privy to all the logistical reasons the route can't be reinstated in time for the summer pick. But, I think it's reasonable to not want to include summer ridership to the beach as ridership is being evaluated on the route so that the numbers aren't skewed.
  14. Spring Pick 2016

    All of these routes changing garages sounds like a system pick.
  15. 2016 System Pick

    I read the community rules. So I would have no objections to having this topic name changed to something that signifies a potential system pick, as I don't have an official source of information.