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    Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
  • Favorite Bus
    Nova LFSA
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    CTA 5000 Series

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  1. Don’t know if this has been addressed on this thread or not, but is there a reason why Route 423 shifts from Harlem Ave to Waukegan Road at Dempster St? I’m curious about what benefits the new service would have along Waukegan Road as opposed to the current Harlem Ave corridor. https://pacebus.com/pdf/initiatives/NSCP/423.pdf Edit: I understand part of the reason why it’s rerouted is to provide service that Route 210 would no longer provide. Am I correct to assume there’s more ridership along this corridor?
  2. Progress is moving forward! They are set to start building the first prototypes soon, with the first 10 cars being completed by the end of the year.
  3. Metra has recently proposed a ‘One Day Pass’ pilot that will last a year and cost $500K. Metra is hoping this pilot could possibly attract new riders.
  4. The Chicago Tribune recently published an article explaining that Metra has some issues collecting ALL fares. I do agree that this is a problem, I was in Wicker Park last week and I hopped on the Blue Line at Damen to transfer to the UP-NW Line at Jefferson Park. I had my ticket prepared for my trip back to zone E but no conductor ever came through to collect it. Sometimes conductors can’t collect the fares during big events like, Lollapalooza, 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, etc. It’s too busy for the conductors to come through the cars. An idea I had was tapping on and off. Just like the London Underground. Someone on the BNSF Line that commutes from Naperville might not always go to Union, they could go to Berwyn for a few times a week or other places depending on their job. Instead of paying for the full F-A Monthly Pass, they could Tap On at Naperville and Tap Off at wherever they need to get off. You could tap your phone of Ventura card right at the door and the conductors would no longer have to go down the full car, you could possibly have conductors at the doors to make share the fares are paid. This is what I saw in Seattle with their Light Rail, no fare gates, just card readers. This is just one idea I have, but I think the Metra Ticketing could change in order to collect ALL the fares.
  5. Everyday, I go on Streetsblog Chicago and get updates on recent development and transit news is Chicago and for other major cities. An article by the Chicago Tribune was featured in their daily briefing. It was about Light Rail! I have been to other major cities that have light rail, (Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Boston, and New York (Currently planning the BQX)) But I found it interesting that the thought of Chicago having a Light Rail going through, in this case, the Lincoln Yards, could happen. Many Light Rail/Streetcar projects have been created for the sole purpose of development. But I think the redevelopment of the Lincoln Yards is meant to COMPLETELY change the area, mainly because it’s very industrial. What do you guys think? Would you like to see a Light Rail is Chicago?
  6. TransitXan17

    O’Hare Express

    So, if I am correct. This will NOT be funded by taxpayer money? as said here.... "Fortunately for Chicago taxpayers, Emanuel isn't betting their money on rosy assumptions about demand or any other unpredictable financial variable. He's proposing a privately funded and operated system, with no public financing. Assuming the city offers no backstop against cost overruns or operating deficits, the private operator would bear all the financial risk. (Paragraph 10 Crain's Chicago Business)"
  7. I was on Google Earth and I came across this. See for yourself. Apparently the "Google Street View" Vans came at just the right time to capture what was apparently a Gas Leak that halted CTA Trains. I just found this interesting, thought I share it since this is "Random CTA" (This is located in the Southern Loop, on Harrison St.) (Elevated Tracks serve the Green and Orange Lines before going into the 'Loop')
  8. TransitXan17

    O’Hare Express

    If the O’Hare express train came from downtown (Block 37) to O’Hare Airport along the Blue Line, do you think it’ll be a good idea to add an intermediate stop at Jefferson Park Transit Center? It’s a big transfer point and I think an intermediate stop there will be cool! Also is Block 37 still going to be the Downtown Terminus? Or are there other plans.
  9. You know what would be a good extension on the Brown Line? A western extension on Lawrence to the Jefferson Park Transit Center. This way people from Albany Park, Lincoln Square, Uptown, and Ravenswood can get easier access to O'Hare by connecting to the Blue Line!
  10. When I was in San Francisco, the MUNI Metro, had a Streetcar Line called the F Line. And I saw one of the coolest things ever! I found an old CTA Streetcar #1058 Green Hornet on the line! This Line was meant to bring retired Streetcars from around the world, and put it on to one line. Other cities included Detroit, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Mexico City, and Milan, Italy. Image Credit (My Instagram)
  11. @sw4400 Is that the list of all retired Nova Buses?
  12. Thanks for the help! I'll keep that in mind for the future!
  13. I found this link of a possible Chicago Ave BRT replacing bike lanes. I think this is a good idea, tell me what you think! Chicago Ave BRT (Also I was wondering how to create a new thread if you could help me out that'll be great!)
  14. Click Here! for an update on the Wilson Station Reconstruction (as of 6/10/17). Construction is going pretty well!
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