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    Americana, D60LF, LFS

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  1. CTA buses to go all electric by 2040?

    Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle have 60' Electric New Flyers on order.
  2. Pace 2019 Budget

    Service notices for: 348 Saturday elimination: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1223 362 elimination: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1224 546 Saturday elimination: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1226 All effective March 4th 2019. Funding found for Rt 638 through June 30th: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1216
  3. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I think the other bus with the new info screen is 8102.
  4. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    Pace proposing some changes for I-55 corridor. Discontinuation of Route 856 due to low ridership New Route 855 trips to operate between the Burr Ridge Park-n-Ride and the East Loop via Seat Geek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) Removal of Route 850/851/855 service from the Old Chicago Park-n-Ride to help alleviate parking constraints Addition of one morning trip from Plainfield on Route 755 Addition of one morning trip on Route 850 http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1212
  5. Random CTA

    I think they run reduced frequencies when they are single tracking. They sub the 4 car trains with 8 car trains though, to maintain capacity.
  6. This happens every once in a while, especially soon after adding value or a pass. Typically after a few tries, the reader will say "go". I think the bus delay comes from the fact that the readers use a wireless connection to the Ventra servers. On days with poor weather or heavy cloud coverage, the readers are less likely to properly register the card and will display the tap error or insufficient funds messages. The rail station readers are hardwired and do not have any weather related delays.
  7. Garfield Gateway (Green Line)

    The AM peak Red Line trips from 63/Ashland to Howard don't arrive downtown until after 9 am. The southbound PM peak trips from Howard to 63/Ashland all leave downtown before 5pm, but the rush hour generally starts around 3 or 4 pm. There's only six of these peak direction runs over a 90 minute span, so the frequency averages out to every 18 minutes.
  8. Garfield Gateway (Green Line)

    If the University of Chicago gentrification project thing (eyeroll) ever gets off the ground (likely the impetus for this nonsensical project) then maybe some more people will get on the train. As it stands, this neighborhood appears to be one of the hardest hit by vacancy and teardowns citywide.
  9. Garfield Gateway (Green Line)

    Garfield Green Line reopening Jan 10: https://www.transitchicago.com/travel-information/alert-detail/?AlertId=55175
  10. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    I think the berthing is still the same. It ends up that the north stairs are close to the front of the train and the south stairs are close to the back of the train. Not sure if this will change, as the northern part of the platform is still under construction.
  11. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    Yes, there will be an entrance to the north bus bridge from Lafayette and exit to State.
  12. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    After visiting the new 95th terminal, it looks like the bays under construction (E, F, G) are destined for the #29-State bus.
  13. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Tribune says "fall" for ATS reopening. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-biz-biz-people-mover-closure-20181231-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true
  14. CTA 'L' Rosters

    The Pink Line has changed quite a bit since being separated from the Blue 12 years ago. At peak, trains become crowded by Western and are typically full (sometimes crush loaded) at Damen or 18th. The Polk station has a much bigger draw for reverse commuters (likely from Brown Line or Oglivie station). Six-car trains would be nice to have at peak, or perhaps send every other Blue Line train to 54th at rush-hours instead of turning at UIC. This would ease the crush-load issue, provide a direct connection between Pilsen/LV and UIC, and faster travel times to the office core of the Loop without the train congestion on the L. At off-peak times the Pink Line is pretty light, but as we see on the other lines (Green, Brown, Orange, Purple) cars are added and removed from trains between peak and off-peak periods. I think the Green Line is a good example of ridership increasing from service improvements. A couple of years ago, the Green Line went from 10 min to 7.5 min frequencies at peak. Also, there have been a number of new housing starts in Oak Park, West Loop, Bronzeville, and Woodlawn as well as the addition of the new stations at Morgan and Cermak. With the new Damen station opening in due time, it may be beneficial to put more Pink line trains on the Blue Line and improve the Green to 5-6 min frequencies. The biggest limit to service improvements on the L is the loop. If ridership and demands keep increasing, there will need to be some improvement which could likely present itself as a modified revival of the Brown/Orange Franklin St subway.
  15. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    Perhaps the Greyhound placement is temporary. The old stop was on the bus bridge of the north terminal, which will not be complete next week.
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