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Everything posted by Pace831

  1. It's funny how the opponents are now saying "I told you so!" based on unforeseen problems that they probably hadn't predicted.
  2. The Breakdown Thread

    I can’t tell how the accident happened from the pictures. Did the car try to beat the bus through the intersection?
  3. Metra Ticketing

    Metra is offering some incentives to get riders back after the recent weather-related problems: free rides on all lines this weekend and 15% off April monthly passes on the Electric District.
  4. 2200-series - Service Dates

    Thanks. I found some information on car 1058. It was restored back to operation in 2001.
  5. 2200-series - Service Dates

    Has a rail vehicle ever been converted to a road vehicle before?
  6. If I ran Transit for one day...

    Illinois Railway Museum has scans of old schedules on the irm-cta.org site. It isn't a complete collection, but there are some examples of the specific routes you asked about: http://irm-cta.org/TT/TT.html
  7. Metra wish list.

    The ME will remain shut down tomorrow (Saturday). There will be no supplemental bus service but CTA and Pace will continue to accept Metra tickets on some routes. An announcement about Sunday service will be made tomorrow.
  8. Metra wish list.

    In 2005 they used a diesel switch engine to pull a Highliner on a South Chicago branch shuttle. This couldn’t be done on a large enough scale to be of any help today, but it’s one solution to the platform height issue. http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=146502
  9. Metra wish list.

    Metra Electric will remain shut down for a third day due to a freight train derailment on Wednesday that damaged a catenary support. There will be limited Pace bus shuttles between the ME and RI.
  10. Random Pace

    I must have missed that one. Metra had an announcement that there would be two Pace buses leaving downtown at 4:30 PM due to the Electric District shutdown. Maybe this explains how they were able to get two buses available during rush hour. There was an email at 8:30 this morning that Pace had "weather-related delays, especially on Routes 307, 308, 318, 322, 331 and 608".
  11. Random Pace

    Some of the vans that supervisors drive are numbered in the 9000s. A similar situation was reported on here a few years ago and that was said to be one of the possibilities. With the extreme cold today, it’s plausible the supervisor might give rides if a service interruption occurred.
  12. Random Pace

    There have been a few reported sightings of 40ft buses on 895, but the route is still almost always run with EZ Riders.
  13. Random Metra

    More details on this incident. It turns out that a previous train experienced a similar near miss and the engineer failed to report it. Video from on board the trains has been released.
  14. Metra Train Tracker

    1. Yes. GPS tracking units that are used to determine a train's position will be replaced, which will result in more reliable communication to passengers. 2. Currently, conductors or other personnel physically count passengers. Ticket sales are also used to estimate ridership. The new system would use cameras to automatically count people as they move in or out through the doors.
  15. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    73 and 405 today in Elgin:
  16. New RTA System and Regional Maps

    I was referring to when the RTA System map, which is available through the RTA, CTA, and Pace sites, is posted on each of those sites in relation to each other. I didn't know that RTA map updates were timed based on "map stock levels", so I guess that explains why they are so inconsistent.
  17. Pace 2019 Budget

    Are you saying you think the new facility would be on Herion Street, rather than the mall property? I would think Pace would prefer to negotiate with the mall to come up with a more permanent solution. I'm sure that space can be made for a passenger facility in one of the mall's rarely used parking lots, most likely the southeast one. The current configuration shortens the layover time too much for buses to get back on schedule in many cases, so I think Pace would want to keep buses closer to the mall.
  18. Pulse - 95th St

    According to the map, there will be a stop near 103rd St/76th Av (shown as “Bridgeview Courthouse”:
  19. Random Metra

    CBS News: Train nearly hits police car when warning devices fail in Mokena (includes dash cam video).
  20. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    Just saw 17120 in Joliet. I'll check South Holland next week. I haven't seen any 18000s on the road yet.
  21. Metra and PTC

    The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates that passenger railroads and many freight railroads have a functional Positive Train Control (PTC) system installed by the end of 2015. The total cost for Metra to fully implement PTC is $400 million, of which $275 million still needs to be raised. Metra hopes that it will receive grants for the remaining amount not covered by fare increases. This amount includes the full cost of installing PTC on the five Metra-owned lines and shared costs with the freight railroads on the other six. Work that still needs to be done includes upgrading signal equipment and the dispatch center, installation of wayside devices, and adding necessary equipment to locomotives and cab cars. The new Highliners are already PTC-equipped. At this time, it is clear that the Dec. 31 deadline will not be met. The FRA has threatened to fine railroads up to $25,000 per day for operating past this date without a fully functional PTC system. For this reason, Metra has stated that it will shut down in 2016 unless the deadline is extended. http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/service_updates/positive-train-control.html My personal view is that the threat of a shutdown is just a way to force Congress to extend the deadline. This action affects the freight railroads too, and I highly doubt that they would let many of the country's major rail routes come to a halt. In other words, no need to be worried about a shutdown yet.
  22. Metra and PTC

    Operations test on Rock Island Friday
  23. 4000-series DE60LF - Updates - Rehabs

    I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1.
  24. Annual Holiday Bus

    According to the schedule, it was on 56 today, and won't be on 92 until tomorrow. I'm assuming this is run as an extra, so are they using this bus on an "unscheduled" trip, or is the sign wrong? What's the van used for? To transport Santa and his helpers?
  25. Pace Bus Accidents

    The part you quoted wasn't intended to prove anything in the previous sentences, it was only to show that those of us on this forum aren't able to tell who is at fault. The officer(s) on scene couldn't easily tell what the primary cause was, so we can't either.