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  1. More Bus Moves

    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.)
  3. 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.
  4. More Bus Moves

    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.
  5. More Bus Moves

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. More Bus Moves

    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.
  8. More Bus Moves

    Regarding the 1750s to Chicago as a fluke, I'm with Jajuan. Temporary transfers don't seem that unusual. A few months ago, a cluster of 1130s & 40s made their way from 74th to Kedzie. Just a few weeks later, they were shifted to 103rd. It wouldn't surprise me to see those 1750s soldier on to North Park sometime soon, possibly in exchange for low 1900s and the 5 oddball Allisons now at NP.
  9. More Bus Moves

    I see what you mean, Busjack. But I was scoping out a large tract of land along the south side of 31st Street abutting the river. It's located in the 2500 or 2600 block west of the railroad overpass and east of a storage lot for what appears to be truck trailers. Some of the land looks to be paved, but it also seems like it might be abandoned. Along 31st Street, there's a ribbon of what looks to be wild foliage and a couple of billboards. Incidentally, i made a reference to former International Harvester land which wasn't accurate. It's across 31st from the old IH complex, which does look to have been redeveloped.
  10. More Bus Moves

    There's an alternative to the Fisk site that's much closer to the old Archer barn. It's a vast industrial prairie along 31st Street between Western and California, formerly occupied by International Harvester. Space for parking and bus storage/maintenance would be ample. There are no residences within a radius of several blocks. Routes like Archer, South Pulaski, and the east-west routes from Cermak to 47th could be well-served with a minimum of deadheading.
  11. More Bus Moves

    If my memory serves me, temporary moves have been made during past swapocolypses. Unless the CTA doesn't follow through with this single-series-per-garage numbering scheme, the 1750s will probably move on to North Park. 10-4 on the backward thinking, probably regarding the 1750s. But who knows for sure. Logically it does make sense that Chicago would keep the Allisons. C would probably need most of the low-1900 non-Allisons, too.
  12. More Bus Moves

    Unless FG receives more NFs, it looks to me as if the number of old Novas needed for continuing service might be more like 85. (125 new Novas & 41 NFs = 166.) 85 old Novas would bring FG's roster total to 251. I don't believe FG could maintain normal schedules with any less. Hopefully, as BH suggested in a recent post, most of the oldies could be limited to rush-hour service.
  13. More Bus Moves

    200 wouldn't be nearly enough. Remember, FG annexed some additional land in order to accommodate reassignment of the #76 there. Long before the 6400s began aging out, FG never operated with less than 235 buses; and that was after the 2010 service cuts and before the addition of the #76. I'd assume that FG would require at least 250 buses in order to maintain a normal schedule in addition to a decent spare ratio. That's especially true, given that some 6400s are likely to continue operating for a while.
  14. More Bus Moves

    It looks as if 1935 has migrated as well. It's operating on Grand Avenue as I write. There may be a few other transplants, too.
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    Wouldn't it have made more sense to allocate two or three numerical blocks of 1000s to each garage instead of just a single one? Equipment shifts are inevitable. As an example, what if NP was to need five buses and 103 could spare five? Instead of simply reassigning five buses from 103 to NP, 25 bus moves would be required: from 103 to 77(5), 77 to 74(5), 74 to K(5), K to C(5), and C to NP(5). Tunnel vision!