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  1. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    To clarify, the press release said that the 25 Novas are coming in late 2018. The new electric buses are also noted as part of "Rahm's plan for all the buses to be new, despite the fact that they are counting 12 year old NFs as new". They also note the previous Nova purchases, 100 articulated buses, the rehabs, and the two (now one I guess) electric buses.
  2. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Press release says late 2018 delivery. http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Month=&Year=&Category=2&ArticleId=3703
  3. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I think that this purchase has been planned for a while, the timing is probably due to funding flows and retirement schedules.
  4. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Board to consider "Option 2" tomorrow for additional buses. This should be for 25 more buses. http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/agendas_minutes/Oct2017_-_FAB_Web_Agenda.pdf
  5. Blue plastic inserts on the L.

    An article about the plastic inserts: https://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cta-cloth-seat-moisture-transit-authority-pilot-test-plastic/Content?oid=32076841 Blue line will be completed next year. Testing on Orange and Brown lines.
  6. 2018 Metra Budget

    Direct link to the service cuts: https://metrarail.com/sites/default/files/assets/communications/handout_8.5x11_proposedservicechanges_2018_003.pdf Rock Island: Evening service consolidated to 90 min frequency. One PM reverse peak Joliet express and Beverly local are combined. Southwest Service: 1 weekday round trip starts/ends at 179th instead of Manhattan. North Central Service: The two skip-stop trains at peak are consolidated into one trip Milwaukee District - North: Two Sat. and one Sun. round trip eliminated.
  7. The Breakdown Thread

    According to Math's tracker, 701 is currently on the 79.
  8. If anything it seems like the 205 is going to benefit from the better service provided by the 208 and 213. I would imagine that there is some pretty good turnover at the Davis Purple line as it is. I was a little surprised at the elimination of the Glenbrook Hospital service. Perhaps the new "Route B" could be extended.
  9. Yes, from what the open house staffer told me, the 213 will loop Northbrook Court before continuing to Highland Park.
  10. I went to today's meeting. Here is the rundown of the proposals: 54A - Eliminated and replaced with "Route C" which travels between Skokie Courthouse, Old Orchard, and Jefferson Park. Route 215 serves Cicero between Peterson and Foster. 93 - Improved frequencies. 96 - No changes. 97 - No changes. 155 - No changes. 201 - No changes. 205 - Eliminated. Golf Rd service replaced with 208. Chicago service replaced with 213. 206 - Reduced number of trips. 208 - Service moved to Golf/Emerson between Old Orchard and Davis CTA, replacing 205. Service on Church eliminated, except between Skokie and Crawford which is now served by 215. 210 - Eliminated. 213 - Extended to Howard to replace 205. Service reduced north of Winnetka. Northbrook Court and Highland Park branches are merged and use Skokie Hwy between the two. 215 - Restructured to operate between Old Orchard and Jefferson Park via Skokie, Church, Crawford/Pulaski, Peterson, Cicero, Foster. 225 - Serves the same route as today, except uses Touhy instead of Fargo between Central and Carpenter. Improved service to replace 226 on Central. 226 - Extended to Howard CTA from Oakton/Niles Center via Oakton, Crawford, Howard. Improved service to replace 215 on Howard. 250 - Pulse service added. 270 - Pulse service added. 290 - No changes. 421 - Eliminated and replaced with limited service on 422. 422 - Shortened to operate between Linden CTA and Glen of North Glenview Metra. Limited service added to replace 421. Service north of Glen of North Glenview provided by new "Route A" 423 - Eliminated. Replaced by new "Route A" and "Route B". Route A - Follows route 423 from Linden CTA to Glen of North Glenview, then Route 422 to Northbrook Court. Route B - Operates between Harlem CTA and Glenview via Harlem, Dempster, and Waukegan. Replaces 423 and part of 210. Route C - Operates between Jefferson Park CTA and Skokie Courthouse via Foster, Edens Expwy, Touhy, Skokie, Old Orchard. Replaces 54A.
  11. Wilson Red/Purple Line Station Rebuild

    I was actually on a NB Purple line today. They are using the NB express track already. Last time I was at Wilson (maybe a week or two) Purple line was on the NB local track.
  12. Wilson Red/Purple Line Station Rebuild

    The south side of Wilson station house and elevator opens tomorrow. No changes to boarding positions, but the NB Purple Line express returns to its regular track. The north side of Wilson station house will close again. http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=43484
  13. Changes are coming

    Here is the fare increase proposal details: https://metrarail.com/node/5432. One ways going up by 25 cents. Monthly multiplier going to 29x. Looks like they already are considering some of the consultant's recommendations, including: Drop the 10-ride discount to 5% Weekend passes to $10, but extended to Friday evenings Eliminate reduced fare monthlies (Consultant recommends keeping them for K-12)
  14. Changes are coming

    Busjack: Agree completely about discrepancy between the standardization of fares and the elimination of outer fare zones. Pace831: I would imagine that the reasoning for the app discount is to reduce cash handling and paper pass stock. I imagine the idea is to reduce pressure on conductors during large events. That being said, it is difficult to expect a phone to retain its charge throughout an entire day, so there could be a lot of issues with promoting weekend passes on the app. Pace831: The idea of standardization is that fares will be equitable by distance. If fare zones are priced to increase by (for example $1 for every 5 miles, why should Harvard or Kenosha riders pay the same extra $1 to ride the zone plus whatever the extra mileage to the end of the line? As for service cuts, I would imagine the easy targets are the last round trips Sun-Thurs and some weekend trains. It would be pretty surprising if Metra cut back hours of operation though.
  15. Changes are coming

    Here is the presentation that the Board received today: https://metrarail.com/sites/default/files/assets/about-metra/leadership/board_meetings/201709/20_farestructurestudydraftrecommendations.pdf Specific recommendations: Regular fares for off-peak, reverse peak, intermediate stations. Peak surcharge to go to downtown stations. Reassign some stations (current zones are not completely mileage based) Consolidate AB zones Consolidate JKLM zones Standardize incremental zone charges Introduce 1-day pass, priced at 2x peak fares. Weekend pass validity starting at 3 PM Friday ($10 paper, $9 app) 10-ride discount down to only 5% Monthly passes at 28.5x peak fare Eliminate reduced fare monthly passes and only offer reduced fares for 1-way and 10-ride. Not valid for AM Peak trains for seniors/disabled/medicare Valid at all times for K-12 Public input will be sought in January 2018 and final report delivery in March 2018.
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