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  1. Manny018

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    Last Thursday around 6pm at state and van burden I saw 4058 on the south bound 146 with a “K” sticker and “K” run number on it. What happened there? Why would a garage run a route that it doesn’t usually run?
  2. Why does 4366 make a trembling sound?
  3. When did CTA rehab the 4000s artics? I haven’t noticed any differences in any of the 4000s I’ve rode. I rode 4159 on the 146 about a month ago, I sat in the back of the bus and the buses motor or whatever was making a weird motorcycle type sound anytime the bus started moving. It’s made that same sound every time I’ve seen it, 151, 147, 148, 135. You can hear the sound when you’re not on the bus too. It also has a weird battery smell too.
  4. What bus series did the 6400s originally replace?
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    Is it just me or do the new flyer 1000s sound like street cleaners when the air conditioners on on the buses. I was at Damen and Irving park one day waiting for the 80 Irving park and it was a new flyer, I could hear the bus all the way at Irving park and Ravenswood. It sounded like a street cleaner. I’ve heard them sound like that around the city too. Is it a bad thing that they make that street cleaner sound?
  6. Why is this retirement taking so long? CTA has enough new flyer 1000s and nova 7900s to where buses can be swapped and moved around to retire the old novas. I’m pretty sure every garage has about 15-20 flyers they can send to FG and pull the old novas out of service. I hope one day the old novas fall apart on route like the Nabis did that way CTA has to be forced to pull them out of service. Is it going to hurt to up and pull every nova 6400 out of service? It’s only like 80 buses left.
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    when you actually look at the CTA rail system, shutting down the Congress part of the blue line won’t hurt anybody. Do people not realize how close the lake st elevated is to Congress? It’s literally a matter of just a few blocks. I have friends on the west side who already live next to the Congress blue line and live next to a blue line station at that who avoid the blue line at all cost and will walk over to the lake street elevated to catch the green line downtown. Also I rode the pink line to 54th/ cermak recently and the pink line along cermak and the pink is also fairly close in proximity to the blue line. The distance between lake st elevated and Congress is the same distance from state and lake to Congress when it’s downtown which isn’t a long walk. In my opinion I’m surprised CTA hasn’t thought to axe the congress blue line completely and the green and pink lines be the west side L routes. With a bus service to go through forest park from the Harlem and lake green line. There’s been a history of bus routes getting axed to utilize other bus routes or train lines that run in proximity in general. Just a thought.
  8. Manny018

    L Slow Zones

    I frequently ride the brown line and I’ve been noticing a lot of slow zones lately. Merchandise mart to Chicago and Franklin, Fullerton to Diversey, going southbound between Addison and Paulina making that turn over the metra tracks. Going southbound from Addison to Paulina, the train almost comes to an immediate stop. What usually causes slow zones on L tracks? Also there is a slow zone that’s been around since the beginning of time, it takes forever for the red line to get between Wilson and Sheridan, it’s a slow zone all the way from Wilson station to Sheridan station at all times of day and night. The train always only goes 5-10 mph. After years of track work done in that area I’m surprised to still see a slow zone between Wilson and Sheridan even the purple line express it’s a slow zone.
  9. is it just me or are the 2600s much louder when it’s warmer outside than when it’s cold. They make a really loud noise in the summer, is that just the air conditioning running that’s making them louder?
  10. How come np doesn’t make the 148 and 151 an all artic route during the morning rush period? Np has a sufficient enough number of artics between 4000s and 4300s to make the 22, 135, 136, 146, 147, 148, 151 and run a few artics on the 152 and 56 all at once, even run a few artics on the 50, sometimes the 50 gets really heavy in both rush periods. But even in the evening I’ll see 1000s on the 135 and 136 and why not just run all artics? Np should just utilize the artics as much as possible and run them.
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    How come they’re making routes like the 9, 53, 54, 56, 77 all nova 7900s? Is it to run a uniform fleet or are they the most reliable for those routes? Also I’ve noticed the 80 running mostly new flyers with some nova 7900s and nova 8325s and rarely running 6400s.
  12. Why is the O’Hare branch such a priority right now? The Belmont canopy was the most unnecessary thing CTA could’ve possibly ever done. It’s just like how CTA talked about putting a station between Roosevelt and Cermak, a stop hasn’t been there all these years and it’s always worked out that way no need for a new station in between. The Congress branch of the blue line is the worst part of the system. I think it’s also the oldest part of the entire L system that hasn’t had a rehab at all. It’s almost as old as the green lines structure. CTA keeps discussing 7000s to replace 2600s and 3200s and they’re being built in about a year, what’s going to happen if the 7000s start being delivered and they haven’t upgraded the congress branch infrastructure or upgraded the power systems, then what? The O’Hare branch of the blue line from the kimball subway all the way to O’Hare is fairly new structure that was built back in the 70s and 80s, it’s almost as new as the orange line. Are they going to do to the congress branch what they did to Dan Ryan a few years ago and shut down that entire segment and rebuild it completely?
  13. How come most of the 4000 stimulus artics have different color interior lighting from the other 4000s? Like 4157-4165, 4167-4191, 4193-4194, 4196, 4198-4206. There interior lighting is yellow and whitish. But on some of them like 4163 for example, it’s a mix of blue led and yellow led interior lighting throughout the bus, whys it like that? Wouldn’t new flyer or CTA thought to just use white or blue led lighting like most other buses across the system? Is there a reason for the interior lights to be like that?
  14. When are they going to rehab the Forest Park branch of the blue line? Isn’t that long over due? That sections older than O’Hare and has never had any actually work done on it.
  15. Why’s it taking CTA so long to retire all the 6400s? This retirement has sure been going on forever. The 4400s, 5300s, 5800s and 6000s retired faster and that was three different series. I’m pretty sure CTA currently has enough buses across the system to be able to pull all remaining nova 6400s off the street. It’s just a matter of switching buses around. Every garage has a surplus of buses, each garage has enough buses to send to forest glen to take out the 6400s. Every other garage has more 1000s than what they actually need. The CTA was able to survive when all the Nabis got pulled, they were able t workout the garage fleets around that and that was over 200 buses. There are only 100 6400s max that if they were thrown away, it doesn’t hurt anybody.
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