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  1. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    Up to 17054 in South Holland. I saw no new Eldorados there but 2378 is still out in the yard.
  2. O’Hare Express

    Sun-Times: RFP for O'Hare Express to be issued Friday.
  3. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    17030 in service in Joliet
  4. New Eldorados?

    There's a picture of 6782 if you go back two pages in this thread.
  5. Random Metra

    Sun-Times: Stabbing in Milwaukee North line train
  6. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    5455, from West Division, was going toward the scrap lot today.
  7. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    5342 (from First Transit DuPage) was headed for the scrap lot today.
  8. An autonomous vehicle needs to have sensors all over the place to perform properly. Tire pressure sensors are already commonplace for that specific problem. The programmed response if something was wrong would most often be to get to the shoulder and send a message to someone. There will likely be a lot of trial and error to get all the systems working to the point where they reliably detect problems without giving too many false alarms. That's another reason to have a driver on board for now. I'm sure someone will still need to do a pre-trip inspection before the truck leaves the origin terminal, which would hopefully prevent many potential issues. The accident in Joliet with the wheel coming off the truck was likely preventable, as evidenced by the driver getting a citation for operating unsafe equipment. I doubt anyone would try to disable an autonomous truck while it is in motion (but it could be a good movie plot if they did). If whatever is in the truck is worth stealing, a "security guard" could be in the cab. I hadn't heard of cameras inside the cargo area, but I suppose there are cameras everywhere else now. Whoever owns the truck must use it to haul particularly valuable freight.
  9. Yes, but the articles (such as this CNN one) mention the eventual plan is to not have a driver present. I guess I interpreted @BusHunter's question more generally than you did, but I'm not sure what he meant by "watching" the load.
  10. If I'm interpreting your question correctly, that wouldn't change from the way it is done now. A trailer door seal (basically a uniquely numbered zip tie) is put on at the pickup point. The seal number is printed on the bill of lading which must remain with the load (usually in the cab). Drivers are responsible for verifying that the seal is intact at each stop. I would assume the autonomous truck doesn't make intermediate stops unless there is a mechanical problem, so there wouldn't be much opportunity for someone to tamper with the seal or load without a driver present.
  11. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    17000s are starting to go in service. Two weeks ago I saw 17016 crossing the Mannheim bridge over the UP in Bellwood. Today I saw 17029 on I290 near 355.
  12. River Valley Metro Kankakee

    January minutes: "Four New Flyer buses have been approved and ordered. They are scheduled to be produced in October, but it is possible that we could see individual buses delivered prior to that if the New Flyer production schedule permits. IDOT continues to delay the RFP deadline for the cut-away buses that have been approved. If the contract is awarded in February, we could receive these buses in August."
  13. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    I didn't mean to imply that CTA was always confusing for the same reasons it is today, so I basically agree with you on that.
  14. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    Quite frankly, I suspect this is a thinly veiled "younger people are stupid" rant. You make a lot of exaggerations, such as: The CTA has always been confusing to some extent. When people are confused, they look for information to resolve their confusion. Specifically regarding the CTA, that information has always been available, but there are new sources. The "expectation" that you had to "read and think" to learn it has not changed. As @Busjack noted, the color identifiers mainly help those who couldn't read English. For someone who does read English, "Ravenswood" or (brown) is not a significant difference. So color-coded lines are not an example of how "expectations of what the public can comprehend have dropped". Aside from whether your obvious bias is influencing your observations, how do you quantify "a lot more"? If people were really figuring things out by trial and error, they necessarily would have been confused at times. And as I said above, plenty of things about the CTA are still confusing, which is the more likely explanation for people "not being able to figure out the simplified map".
  15. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    After considering improvements in technology and safety regulations, what caused train wrecks in the past? Yes, humans made "basic simple mistakes", or perhaps a series of mistakes. I'm not even sure how your point about train wrecks actually supports your generalization as applied to CTA colors. You are confusing cause and effect. Navigating an unfamiliar city requires quite a bit of reading and thinking. Calling "the line to Howard" the Red line does not change that people are still expected to read a map, station signs, etc. to figure out where they're going.