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  1. Random CTA

    The "Amazon" (North Branch/Goose Island) light-rail probably won't pan out. I think the biggest obstacle is that the line will have to use streets that will be shared with cars, which will inevitably have traffic once the land is developed. Also, the line as currently envisioned only connects to the Pink/Green line at Clinton and most likely (but not guaranteed) Ogilvie and Union. What this says to me is that the light-rail proposal is more about getting suburbanites over to the North Branch employment center which is probably the wrong focus as the whole idea of locating up there is to attract workers from Lincoln Park, Wicker Park and the other north side neighborhoods.
  2. Looks like Pace is wasting no time in proceeding with the results. http://pacebus.com/sub/news_events/public_hearings_upcoming.asp CTA also: https://www.transitchicago.com/notice-of-public-hearing-discontinuation-of-bus-route-205-chicagogolf/
  3. Thanks for catching the error. Updated my original post.
  4. Pace has published the final report. Route A (Linden-Glenview-Northbrook Ct) will be Rt. 424. Route B (Harlem Blue Line - Glenview) will be Rt. 423. Route C (Jefferson Pk - Old Orchard) will be Rt. 641. http://pacebus.com/pdf/initiatives/NSCP/NSCP_Final_Report.pdf http://pacebus.com/pdf/initiatives/NSCP/Route-by-Route_Summary_of_Changes.pdf
  5. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    The "Transit App" shows the 100, 103, and 106 as boarding on the East side of State, south of 95th.
  6. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Some of the concepts presented for the O'Hare plan included a tunnel extending 190 to where the 390-490 interchange would be. I think a western terminal and an expressway tunnel would be mutually contingent, and clearly with the recent announcements, in the long term if ever. I wonder if they'll add a Blue Line stop at Terminal 5 or if direct service will simply be left to the O'Hare Express train.
  7. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    A big problem is bus speed, which has fallen significantly over the past decade. Reliability has also been affected, which has been exasperated by service cuts. It's not uncommon for gaps of 20-30 minutes to happen on busy routes during the middle of the day. The only way to address this is going to be through capital investments; TSP, bus lanes, off-board payment, fewer stops, etc. A lot of the main lines have the space available, it's simply a matter of reallocating the road space so that buses can function properly and not as the travel method of last resort.
  8. GPTC BRT

    GPTC is launching the Merrillville Shuttle (Route R5) tomorrow, about a month in advance of the Broadway Metro Express launch. The service runs every 40 minutes, weekdays. This is the first route in the new numbering convention. http://www.gptcbus.com/routes_files/Rte R5 - Merrillville Shuttle.pdf Some Board Meeting updates as well: Lakeshore routes were funded by City of Hammond and Lake County, preventing elimination. Agreement with "Token Transit", which is an fare payment phone app. Broadway Metro Express launches on February 19th. The Ivy Tech South Broadway Shuttle had the naming rights purchased by Ivy Tech College, and is also starting on February 19th. http://www.gptcbus.com/board_files/Jan 4 2018.pdf NWI Times article: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/gary-public-transportation-preparing-february-launch-of-broadway-metro-express/article_36bb40b5-7ff2-59c7-bb07-bdd56f2d3283.html
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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