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  1. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    The 1/10/2018 board meeting video states (~10-11 minute mark) : Target - 830 rides per day Avg. 526 daily rides from Oct 2016 to Nov 2017 Avg. 674 rides in Nov 2017 Avg. daily ridership is 284 during IIT breaks. Pilot extension cost is $125,000, half of which is from a federal grant.
  2. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    There is a fair amount of student traffic to IIT. I use the Bridgeport end of the line, and it seems to pick up students in the neighborhood as well as from the Orange Line. I would imagine it gets a few students from the towers on the east end of the line too.
  3. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    CTA latest advisory says 63/Ashland Red line won't run on Friday, so I guess it officially ended an hour ago or so. http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=45016
  4. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    Red Line 63/Ashland service will no longer run starting next Monday (11/27) http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=44991
  5. Ventra says all the cards they have issued will begin to expire from 12/31/2017 to 2022. Supposedly the next round of Ventra cards will not have the Mastercard/prepaid-debit function and will have a 20 year life. https://www.ventrachicago.com/expires/
  6. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Electric buses aren't an unproven technology, many cities around the world are now converting to electric fleets. LACMTA is purchasing 95 40- and 60-foot buses for the Orange and Silver lines from BYD and New Flyer. New York City MTA is purchasing 10 test buses from BYD and Proterra. Seattle/King County Metro has 3 Proterras, with 20 on order, and another 50 options. Shenzhen, China is apparently operating over 5,000 electric buses, and 116,000 electric buses were ordered across China last year. We really don't know what caused the fire, as CTA hasn't publically addressed the issue. It's probably also fair to note that electric buses also have fires like diesel buses (although, I don't know the rates), but I think 45 buses is a good start to measure effectiveness. 45 buses should be enough to completely electrify a couple of bus lines. They do have benefits, like better acceleration and lower energy use.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The Breakdown Thread

    According to Math's tracker, 701 is currently on the 79.
  14. 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.
  15. Yes, from what the open house staffer told me, the 213 will loop Northbrook Court before continuing to Highland Park.
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