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  1. More Bus Moves

    Incidentally, 1406 is back in service. Yesterday evening it was operating on the 94, which means that it may have migrated south along with 1407-09 a few weeks ago.
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    Reading CTA windshield stickers seems to me like reading tea leaves. I'm not sure that fortune-tellers have that great a track record predicting the future.
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    Looks great, BH. Just a couple of minor tweaks: 4196 & 4197 migrated from 103 to Kedzie last fall. 6755 & 6758, AFAIK, are still operating. However, someone recently mentioned that several other old Novas haven't been spotted for a while. (Maybe it was you, I'm not sure.) That might explain the recent transfer of 1800-03 from C to FG. Just a guess --- I have no inside info. Incidentally, 4075-79 were reassigned from C to NP when C lost its artics.
  4. CTA roll sign...

    You're right, BJ. I forgot about that. Hopefully, the rest of my information is reasonably accurate.
  5. CTA roll sign...

    If my memory serves me, the yellow field for rapid transit terminals first showed up with the arrival of the 7400s in late '73 or early '74. Kedzie's roster never included 7400s, but it did receive a slew of 9000s in 1975. Lawndale had been shut down 2 years earlier. All of its routes, I believe went to Kedzie; at least one route, Madison, shifted to the North Ave. barn. (Lawndale was temporarily reopened twice in the succeeding years, first for the Kedzie rebuild (1979-84[?]), again after the closure of North Ave. (1988[?]) until the Chicago Ave. barn opened in 1994. Lawndale then closed for keeps.) Rough guess on the time frame for that roll sign: Sometime between 1975 (the arrival of the 9000s at Kedzie) and 1979(?), the closure of Kedzie for replacement by a new barn at the same location.)
  6. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    As you say, the CTA may be "close" to retiring the entire lot of 6400s. But supposing that the grant includes 40 electrics, that would still leave about 35 old Novas on the roster. Even with the current need for a high spare ratio, I'm wondering whether that many could be retired without replacement.
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    FG can evidently spare a few during the summer months, unlike the other barns you cited.
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    Only speculating, but based on end-of-summer moves over the past few years, FG will probably get a few "loaners" back from C; may or may not be the 1300s that migrated there recently. 103 will probably need a few back for their school runs, but I doubt that FG would be the sending barn. More likely sources: C or 74th. Educated guess: 1028-33 will probably stay at FG. It doesn't look as if the CTA is concerned about preserving the numerical blocks anymore; didn't really make much sense to begin with.
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    One more reassigned vehicle to report. I spotted 4197 covering a short-turn Sheridan run yesterday. Not sure whether any additional 4190s migrated from 103rd to Kedzie.
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    A few post-Labor-Day equipment transfers to report, all from Chicago Ave. to either Forest Glen or Kedzie: 1000-1004 C to F. Someone already updated this one. 1380(?)-1385 C to F also. 1377 still at C, but not sure about 1378-79. 1835-1839 C to K. An additional move: Migration of 2 or 3 buses from North Park to Kedzie: 1842 & 1846. (Uncertain about 1847. 1848 remains at NP.) (Source: Math22's roster of buses in real-time service.)
  11. Random CTA

    Most of the domestic postwar streetcars in F service, like 1058, came from Philadelphia's SEPTA (SouthEast Pennsylvania Transit Authority). They've all been repainted in the historical colors of other urban transit systems from all across the nation, including the CTA's.
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    Those 1000s may just be temporary reassignments for the summer. C received 10 or 12 extra buses about this time last year as well. They returned to the sending barns around Labor Day.
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    It looks as if a few small numerical blocks of 1000s have migrated to FG from 77th, 74th, & Chicago as replacements for the hard-seated 8200s. The lowest-numbered 8200s will probably start appearing on 77th routes Monday, if not tomorrow. The fact that the reassigned buses were in numerical clusters leads me to believe that they'll be staying at their new digs for a while, possibly for the reason that Chgofan78 suggested: customer feedback on the hard seats.
  14. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Won't overall fleet requirements increase after Labor Day once the school year begins? If so, I'd assume that the AM rush would require well over 200 buses on the street from FG. Regarding FG's fleet roster, with a decent spare ratio to account for the older equipment, they would possibly need at least 250 buses. Assuming no additional New Flyers, here's how that roster might pan out: 125 8200s, 41 1000s, & at least 84 6400s. Just wondering if there's still a garage or two that might have more NFs than they really need.
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    Many of the low 1300s appear to have migrated southward from NP. As I write, 1324, 1328, 1331, 1332, & 1336 are showing up on 77th St. runs. (1322 is still at NP). Meanwhile, 1892 & 1898, fresh arrivals at NP. are both operating on Broadway this evening.