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  1. I went by the new Harbor Freight warehouse in Joliet, and the building to the south of it which will be leased by Walmart. They both have bus turnarounds similar to the ones at Mars and CTDI. I haven't heard anything about new bus service, but it's good to see that the facilities are designed with transit use in mind.
  2. I went through Ogilvie several times since they set up the inspection booths. Half the time, there was nobody in the booth at all. The other times, I was waved through after showing a paper ticket which they did not punch.
  3. Rock Island and BNSF have bike cars now, and there are plans to add them on Electric and Union Pacific lines. 7787 is one of the RI cars.
  4. Confused and Sad aren’t positive reactions, so I don’t see why they should add to one’s reputation. Having more reactions available encourages quantity of posts over quality. I also don’t think there should be a downvote button because that discourages people from discussing why they disagree. So, the system is fine the way it is.
  5. Switcher 1 is for sale
  6. Two Highliners are available for sale from Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.
  7. Generally speaking, a distribution center ships goods only to a company's own stores, while a fulfillment center is a third party that a seller contracts with to ship to individual customers. However, these aren't precise definitions and the terms are often used interchangeably. My best guess would be that Amazon's "distribution centers" are either loosely termed or are sort centers which ship to other Amazon facilities. It also looks like Amazon is planning to open grocery stores in Philadelphia, so the DCs may be used for that. This answer is complicated by the fact that some buildings have
  8. Most of the Amazon facilities around here are fulfillment centers, including Monee. Those are where inventory is processed and shipped to customers. Amazon has recently added new facilities in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, and Channahon. Neither the Tribune nor the Metra press release mention how the last mile connection will be made. Will Pace create a new route or will Amazon run their own bus from University Park station?
  9. Anywhere that is urban enough to have a subway or light rail line will likely have a bus route within 1/2 mile or so, even if it's not a feature of the development. Subway and light rail could also be considered local services, unlike commuter rail. Some level of local transit is what makes TOD effective compared to the pseudo-TOD of the suburbs. I would bet that most successful examples are built around a rail station with at least one full time bus route. I've never heard of any TODs that are served exclusively by buses. Overall, it sounds like we are mostly in agreement.
  10. Assuming that the goal of TOD is to minimize car use, why do you think that? If the only transit available is commuter rail, I don't see how the development would attract many people other than those who work traditional hours in downtown offices. Local bus service allows access to a wider variety of jobs and reduces the use of cars for non-work trips.
  11. SWS crosses the RI on an overpass about a quarter mile east of the New Lenox RI station. However, the nearest SWS stop is two miles south at Laraway Road. The village owned the land in the southwest quadrant of the junction until a few years ago. Had they not done that, they could easily have built a station that serves both lines. Arlington Heights started a trend where any new apartments near the Metra station are called “transit-oriented development”. That’s not an appropriate term when the target demographic rides Metra to work downtown and uses a car for everything else. Essential
  12. I'm not sure. Most suburban stations have electronic locks that close shortly after the last inbound train, which is what I was expecting to find here. The old station used to be locked when the ticket office wasn't open, except during winter. That won't matter once the 75th Street connector is built, which will divert the SWS to LaSalle Street Station. Still, it would have been better to retain the ability to build a SWS station here. They're investing in something that will be used for decades and you can't always predict how travel patterns will change. My other gripe is that the pr
  13. The title of the report is at the top of the image: Northwest Corridor Alternatives Analysis. You found Phase II of that study, but Phase I doesn’t seem to be available online. That’s the most likely source of the image. If you want to verify, you’d probably have to contact CTA, because reports prior to 2006 aren’t published on their website.
  14. New Lenox station opened last month. The “conductor” greets people near the entrance: On both sides of the front doors are restrooms. The ticket office is under the clock tower: The east wing is the 24-hour waiting room. It is separated from the rest of the station by a rolling gate. I’m surprised they don’t lock it late at night to deter crime, but they do have surveillance cameras. The other side can potentially include commercial space, such as a coffee shop: Based on the curved design of the station, I was expecting the waiting roo
  15. Given the time of day (8:56 PM) and location (11th and State), it would have been the last southbound trip of 834.
  16. Man breaks Pace bus window with chocolate milk
  17. I don’t see why you’d leap to that conclusion. “If you see something, say something” is a common maxim in transportation security. Photography is often listed as a suspicious activity, and many people genuinely believe it is illegal to take pictures of vehicles even though that is not true. The bus driver could easily have been doing as she was instructed, and the story doesn’t contain any evidence that she was trying to cover up wrongdoing.
  18. This RYPN thread has some additional info on the cars in Bensenville. According to Alexander D. Mitchell IV: The most recent posts in that thread link to a Railfan & Railroad article about IPH equipment for sale. That page has a link to the equipment list, which includes the bilevel cars in Bensenville for $10,000 each: MTDX 7671 MTDX 7880 SLRG* 8702 MTDX 8706 MTDX 8709 SLRG* 8716 SLRG* 8721 SLRG* 8735 It's interesting that some of them are listed as MTDX and the others as SLRG*. There's no explanation for what the asterisk means,
  19. Thanks. I've added several cars to the list based on the dates. I'm still not sure how Dan Behr came up with a total of 71, though. I think the Metra document has an error for car 7901. It says it was built by Pullman Standard in 1969, when it should be a St. Louis car built in 1955, the same as 7900. The 7900-7901 were originally CNW 8-9. Why did RTA create a separate number series for these two cars when the remainder of CNW 1-16 became 7600-7613? Were they modified in some way?
  20. Highland Park Public Works at 1150 Half Day Road is the storage location when Ravinia is in season. It was once reported on here that there were four more buses at North Division.
  21. The Daily Herald article is here. I agree with the RTA’s reasoning. Metra’s primary purpose was to serve rush hour downtown trips. Of course, this market experienced the largest ridership loss and is not expected to recover soon. Derwinski seems to recognize this and wants more funding to experiment with nontraditional service. However, these funds are meant to sustain current service and do not create a new standard for future allocations.
  22. One thing I had overlooked before was the car numbers listed on the MTDX specification sheets (coaches and cab cars). These numbers are 7600-7613, 7650-7681, and 8700-8749. I have already verified that 7880, 7900, and 7901 also belonged to MTDX. According to @Eric95's helpful spreadsheet, Metra sold 61 Pullmans in 1998-99, which is when MTDX started. All 16 St. Louis cars were also sold at that time, for a total of 77, of which MTDX bought 71. Based on that math, it might be more fruitful to determine which cars didn't go to MTDX. Three of those are the cars that IRM acquired and restored
  23. Metra will begin selling a $7 unlimited ride pass for Saturday or Sunday.
  24. There were three bilevels that were used to carry passengers, numbers 11-13. I looked at @Eric95 spreadsheet again and saw several cars listed as WSOR which I added to my list. WSOR coaches 12 and 13 are not listed because I don't know their Metra numbers, but adding those two should account for all fourteen in Horicon (as of 7/2011) if the rest of the numbers are correct. Searching the car numbers doesn't reveal any recent information, but they could still turn up somewhere.
  25. Looking at Google Earth imagery, it looks like WSOR had a maximum of 14 bilevels in Horicon as of July, 2011: eleven on the siding east of Highway 33, and three in the main yard across the road. The latter three are presumably the cars that were actually used to carry passengers. Ten cars remained on the siding in June, 2015, and these were moved to Fox Lake by April, 2017. I assume these were the cars you saw that "were sold a year or two ago". You don't happen to know who bought them? I also discovered these pictures of some ex-BN bilevels in Fox Lake in February 2005. I didn't know abo
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