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  1. True. The Brown Line currently operates 2600s and 3200s in mixed train-sets. The 2600s aren't restricted to being belly cars.
  2. I think a lot depends on the outcome of this election. The Democratic House Caucus's Covid relief bill, known as the HEROES Act, contained major funding for transit. If Biden wins and the Senate flips, there may be a chance that the HEROES Act could be revived. Assuming that ridership rebounds closer to pre-pandemic levels, maybe many of the cuts could be avoided.
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    MrNF1051 is right. Several rush hour runs between Kimball and LakeShore operate as pull-outs or pull-ins from K.
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    It's not unusual for units released from the South Shops to fill PM rush hour runs at 77th. Let's see where they appear tomorrow. But still, old Novas on the 52A and 53A: That seems a little weird.
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    It looks as if NP picked up at least four units this week: 1379 & 1380 from 77th (1379 is operating on the 97 as I type), and 1381 & 1382 from FG (I spotted 1382 on the 36 the other day). Because the numbers are clustered, I'm assuming they're not loaners.
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    Being familiar with operations at 77th, you'd know much better than I would, YBL. (Ex-operator here, '69 to '76; FG and later NP.) Your explanation seems to make sense.
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    There must have been an ongoing shortage of buses at 77th. They had recently been getting day-loans from 103rd. Maybe more 77th NFs are being sidelined for repairs. It's been a few years since the NFs were rehabbed, so they might be starting to show their age. It seems as if the ones at 77th get the heaviest use. Before the transfer, FG had nearly 270 units. Even with the old Novas, they had normally been able to manage with 255 or 260. I'm not saying that FG didn't need them. But 77th probably needed them more. Could be wrong, but I think the move is probably long-term.
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    It's not at all unusual for buses from other garages to fill 77th St. runs after being serviced at the South Shops.That's especially true during the PM rush.
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    I think it's more likely that the reassignment was based on long-term need. It may be permanent. Incidentally, 1561 migrated from 77th to FG. As I type, it's operating on Lawrence.
  10. As of this moment, 8347 and 8349 are showing up on Maths22's tracker. Both are still assigned to Forest Glen.
  11. Just a value judgment here, but I think that the NFs without the website decals look so much better than the ones that have them. It looks especially tacky when the decals are partly covered by strip adds.There seem to be fewer of them with each passing day, so I guess the decals are still being applied.
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    Route swaps and realignments occur, but not very often. They generally happen for one of two reasons: 1) One or more garages open or close, as happened in 1994 and 2010 - or - 2) To relieve overcrowding, such as reassignment of the #62 from K to 74th in 2011(?) or more recently, migration of the #157 from K to C.
  13. Yes, but not recently. That was the size of the Nova LFS order delivered in 2001-02: 6400-6708, followed by 6709-6883.
  14. The Nova really does have that fresh-from-the-factory look despite its 18 years. Still, I wonder why it has an ad wrap if it's never seen revenue service.
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    I believe that the CPD has two ex-CTA Flxibles: One is a B. the other, an E. The one in the image looks like it has a straight back like the Flexible E from the 6000 series. Was the CPD fleet # 6999?
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