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  1. It is better to keep the parameters the same for consistency as ridership increases. Not only is that easier for passengers to understand, but it prevents them from being accused of data manipulation. It will be interesting to see how they alter the schedules if any trains start to get too crowded.
  2. 2766 moved back to Fox Valley: Route 533 has been extended to Africa. The school must have been moved there to help with social distancing:
  3. I went by South Holland a week ago and was surprised to see no New Flyers outside. It’s possible the deliveries are slow enough to keep all of them indoors there, or they are going directly to West. All they had in the yard was a bunch of 6600s which have been there for months.
  4. Metra will add trains on three lines starting June 29, including express trains on NCS and SWS.
  5. Here’s an interesting article from The Atlantic about the safety of transit during the pandemic: Fear of Transit Is Bad for Cities
  6. Pace resumes fare collection on Monday.
  7. CTA is now issuing Bus crowding reports based on a two-week rolling average. This is intended to help people comply with the suggestion to travel at off-peak times if possible.
  8. pacebus.com just got a completely new look, intended to support mobile devices.
  9. Yellow line service suspended due to a derailment caused by a downed tree.
  10. The sign for route 461 at Ogden and Main (southwest corner) also is covered up in the way you described. I would guess this was done due to the temporary route suspensions. Pace would have to hold a public hearing to eliminate a route permanently, which there hasn’t been any mention of yet. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if 825 is on the next list of cuts. Somewhat related: Pace has March ridership numbers on RTAMS now so we can start to see how much of a drop was caused by the pandemic.
  11. The beginning of the NGV America article mentions there were already 71 CNG buses. That is, 20 15500s plus 71 17500s. It also mentions “at least six new CNG buses” would arrive. As it turned out, there were 11 18500s. Your roster correctly shows 104 buses at South. The 18500s had actually deployed by the time the article was written, but that discrepancy could easily have been an oversight by the author. You’ll have to look back through Pace board minutes for further clarification.
  12. Metra will offer a $10 all day pass from June 1 until at least July 31. This appears to accomplish two things: 1. Incentivize people to return to Metra as Illinois moves into Phases 3 and 4 of the reopening plan. 2. Reduce contact between passengers and conductors.
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    More Bus Moves

    The building on the corner of 79th and Vincennes burned yesterday. WGN News
  14. The reason the 379, 383, 384, 385 shared a bay was so passengers going along Cicero up to Ford City could get on whichever comes first. The schedules are staggered so that sharing the bay isn't much of a problem. I suppose there is less of an advantage now that Pace buses don't enter the mall, but I don't see a need for this change unless you think there are a lot of people going to 79th and Harlem from Midway.
  15. Pace temporary service cuts effective May 18: Pulse Milwaukee Line: Weekday peak frequency reduced to 15 minutes 241: Service suspended 302: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 311: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 314: Weekday peak frequency reduced to 60 minutes 319: Trips between Wolf/North and Bensenville eliminated 320: Service suspended 327: Service suspended 332: One weekday afternoon round trip eliminated 355: Service suspended 356: Several trips eliminated 357: Several trips eliminated 372: Service suspended 379: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule, except FedEx trips which will not change 383: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 384: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 386: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 504: Weekday frequency reduced to 60 minutes 507: Weekday frequency reduced to 60 minutes 561: Weekday frequency reduced 564: Weekday service operates on Saturday schedule 566: Service suspended 569: Several trips eliminated 573: Service suspended 604: Weekday peak frequency reduced 608: Service suspended 610: Service suspended 616: Service suspended 696: Service suspended 757: Service suspended 850: Most trips replaced by 850/851/855 combination trips operating every 30 minutes 851: Most trips replaced by 850/851/855 combination trips operating every 30 minutes 855: Most trips replaced by 850/851/855 combination trips operating every 30 minutes 877: Service suspended 888: Service suspended
  16. This upcoming weekend, Metra will begin operating Sunday schedules on Saturday on all lines except the Electric District. On May 18, additional stops will be added to some Electric District trains for PTC demonstration. Metra is projecting a $535.5 million revenue loss due to COVID-19.
  17. CBS: Driver of car that hit CTA bus on Thursday faces DUI and other charges.
  18. CBS News story CTA bus #1925 crashed into the windows of a bank on Clark Street after a car supposedly ran a red light and hit the bus.
  19. I noticed Pace buses were running a special head sign for the COVID-19 crisis: THANK YOU MEDICAL STAFF AND FIRST RESPONDERS WE STAND WITH YOU!
  20. What do you think about working at FedEx so far? Did you get in trouble for being late due to your transportation woes?
  21. The SWS trains (at least, the ones to Manhattan) seem to be down to six cars each.
  22. Tribune: Metra projects $500 million loss of revenue over two years, 97% April ridership decrease.
  23. I was thinking about route 895 since its temporary suspension was discussed in another thread. Many riders get on or off at Rosemont, but the express trips via I-355 don't have many riders. My suggestion is to give these trips a different route number and add stops to them. They would get off the Tri-state at Roosevelt and follow the same routing as 877 and 888 until they reach I-355, where they continue north to Schaumburg. This change would serve the Oak Brook office corridor and provide numerous transfer opportunities, and could be done at minimal cost.
  24. The whole trip is suspended. Otherwise, they'd be running two buses on the same schedule, which makes no sense when ridership is this low. 895 ridership is not too bad, especially the trips that serve Rosemont. The main reason it is suspended is probably that nearly all riders are white collar workers whose businesses are likely closed. I was surprised to see 382 also had "extremely low ridership", as that route serves a more blue collar area. My guess is that Southwest Division rather than HQ suggested these suspensions. While 877 and 888 are also designed to serve the office complexes, they differ from 895 because they have other ridership as well . While ridership has surely fallen a lot, there are probably still some local riders on both ends, or people who transfer at Oak Brook and Yorktown.
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