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rvwnsd last won the day on December 20 2017

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    A tie between 1960's Flxible New Look, MAN Articulated, and MAN Americanas

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  1. The Breakdown Thread

    I live in Phoenix. When it gets above 95 or 100, dry/wet/otherwise, it is hot. If a bus broke down and I had to wait for a replacement the cell phone would come out and I'd be summoning lyft.
  2. True that! Phoenix (where I now live) uses the same model as CTA, so it was easy for me to figure out the signs. When I first moved to San Diego the signs were ll over the map. Can't tell you how many times I boarded the wrong bus. I will say that CTA is one of the easiest-to-ride transit systems. Between the maps on the bus stop signs and the excellent station markings, it is easy to navigate.
  3. I was in Chicago last month and didn't notice any weirdness, so maybe CTA has finally found its way. I like San Francisco's destination signs. If CTA used their methodology, the 151 would look like this: The font, of course, would be different. The destination sign of the 12 - Folsom/Pacific looks like this: Regarding PACE, I don't spend that much time in the PACE service area when visiting. The family lives out in Huntley (no PACE bus there - closest is in West Dundee) and a friend lives in River Forest but we typically go to the city or hang out at her home. No PACE bus on her street.
  4. Maybe I notice CTA's strange destination sign abbreviations more than others because I don't live there, but I recall seeing some rather cryptic destination signs, mainly on the lakefront express routes and on the Streeterville/Ogden/Taylor. One that comes to mind was a destination sign reading "TO DEAR/KNZE." At first, I thought "WTH?" and after a few minutes it dawned on me that the sign meant "Dearborn Kinzie." I'll have to look through some of my pics.
  5. I was referring to "FLSM/PCFC" on the side sign.
  6. New Eldorado National website

    The new Axess could be called "Son of the RTS." They are really nice-looking buses. What do they ride like?
  7. Someone at Muni obviously studied at the CTA Academy of Bus Sign Design: Line 12 is "Folsom/Pacific" PS: The lighting was bad, so the picture is not the best, but in person, these buses are quite striking.
  8. 5000-series - Updates

    I was thinking a Sears restroom, circa 1976. Essentially the same thing.
  9. 5000-series - Updates

    Thank you! I was thinking the 2200's looked better when they were retired. I won't get started on that awful, dirty-looking blue interior. Blech!
  10. 5000-series - Updates

    I just returned home from a visit to Chicago and observed that the outside of the 5000-series cars appears to be more oxidized than that of the 3200 cars. Anyone else observe this or is it just me?
  11. My First Bus Ride - Pace (RTA)

    I know! Think what that was like for a four-year-old!
  12. My First Bus Ride - Pace (RTA)

    My first Pace bus ride would have been on a Nortran 400-series New Look. I also rode the Grumman-Flxible 870's on West (they were pretty beaten up by the time I started riding them, despite them being only 6 or 7 years old at the time), the 2200-series Ikarus (H A T E D those buses), the Orions on both West and Northwest (nice buses and very cold in the summer), and the RTA "pumpkin" buses. Before there was an RTA, I rode the West Towns New Looks and Old Looks (was a tiny tot) and the Bluebird Twin Coach (was an even tinier tot - mom told me about it, have no recollection). This is completely off-topic, but I loved riding the Marmon-Herringtons on the Belmont route and a little kid (think 4 or 5 years old). Not so fond of getting off, though. They must have been higher off the ground than the Flxibles that ran on Addison, as I got off of those just fine.
  13. Amtrak Tacoma,WA derailment

    NPR reported this evening that positive train control was installed but was still undergoing testing. Based on news accounts, the train was going 80 MPH despite a 30 MPH speed limit. It seems to me that the line should never have opened without operable positive train control when the speed limit decreased 50 MPH in order to navigate around a curve.
  14. CTA Rail Service Alerts

    In college, I was on one of the rear cars of a State Street Subway train that was stopped halfway out of the Grand station due to a "sick passenger." Apparently, they spontaneously combusted because the next thing we knew there was smoke. That's when a guy pulled the cherry and several people (myself included) followed him off the train and up to the street. Every time I heard of a "sick passenger" I think of that time.
  15. Random CTA

    It is too bad Market Street Railway did not have enough ex-SF Muni double-ended cars to paint one of them in CTA's colors.