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  1. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    The 4 does seem to be a long route; with a 90+ min peak running time it's right at the edge of what I'd personally find acceptable for operator comfort. Throwing this idea out of left field out there... perhaps the 4 should terminate at the 35th Street Red Line Station? Some remarks: 1. The South Side Red and Green lines, while not empty, are not close to capacity during peak hours. The marginal cost of accommodating customers on rail services is lower compared to buses. In contrast, the 4 takes about one hour round-trip between its King/35th and Illinois Center timepoints. At a six minute peak headway, this would free up very roughly about 8-10 buses (subtracting layover and the small additional distance west to La Salle St). 2. For intra-neighborhood customers, on-time performance would likely increase as the 4 would no longer be subject to CBD traffic, especially on Michigan Ave. 3. The freed up buses could be used in part for a complementary x4 route (Cottage Grove-Pershing-Lake Shore-Columbus-Balbo-Mich) during rush hours. A peak hour express route, akin to the 14# series on northern Lake Shore, would siphon off peak-heavy CBD customers while leaving the 4 with a more consistent demand and a 'flatter' schedule. Regardless, even if the above wouldn't work bus lanes on Michigan Ave are sorely needed to keep buses on time.
  2. ATS O'Hare

    Will intercity buses be moved to the new parking ramp from the existing Bus/Shuttle Center?
  3. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    If the CTA rail lines really needed to be given new nomenclature, they should be given numbers (ie 1-10, and renumber the existing bus routes that conflict, for example). Numbers best translate across different cultures as every culture needs a way of telling one of something apart from three of something. Colors are represented by words differently in other cultures at the primary level. In Russia, they have separate words for light blue and dark blue, Japan uses the same word for green and blue, and some non-industrialized cultures only have words for three or four different colors (white, black, and either blue or red). I'd post a link but as this is my first post the spam filter would likely block it... Letters as nomenclature translate equally enough to be usable across languages that use the Latin Alphabet. I'd guess that nowadays Latin letters are prominent enough in languages that use other alphabets (especially amongst people who would be in the US in the first place, even if their English isn't that great) that letters could be safely used.