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  1. They are going to need new coaches anyways. So much of the fleet is obsolete. I'd imagine ridership will rebound by the time these start rolling in. From the Metra press release the base 200 new cars won't even be delivered until 2025-2027. (Deliveries starting 42 months after contract execution, and continuing for 30 months).
  2. This is the note on the Red/Purple Bypass project page about the track rebuild from Belmont to Cornelia (not quite Addison as I previously stated) : 2021: Red-Purple Bypass to be completed; CTA to begin reconstruction of North Main lines (Red and Purple Line track structure reconstruction between Belmont and Cornelia/Newport) End of 2024: North Main Line reconstruction to be completed. https://www.transitchicago.com/rpm/rpb/
  3. Once the flyover is done they are going to move onto the track rebuild from Belmont to Addison. That's a lot more difficult logistically, and they've been saying 2024 for completion.
  4. Halsted and Western don't seem to have any safety problems but they look absolutely terrible. I really hope the city and the railroads can come to an agreement because a lot of these bridges are in bad shape. Metra has done so much more than the railroads have with the UPN and RI rebuilds.
  5. CTA gave a Capital Improvement Plan presentation to the CMAP Transportation Committee on Dec 11 2020. RPM Phase 2 is presented as Thorndale to Howard with a cost of $4.1 billion. RPM Phase 3 is presented as Addison to Sheridan and the Purple Line with no cost estimates. Page 9 of this pdf: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1110048/CTA_CIP_FY2021-2025_CMAP_final.pdf/31f48863-4ea0-263d-2472-5d0acd6c52d8?t=1607726249694
  6. CTA gave a Capital Improvement Plan presentation at the CMAP Transportation Committee meeting on Dec 11 2020. Several "Forest Park Phase 1" projects are funded as part of the Rebuild Illinois bond program. Morgan Substation and Hermitage Traction Power Improvements ($50 M) Racine Station ($33 M) I listened in to the last CTA Accessibility Committee meeting and it was said that this station will get an elevator with the platform being extended towards the Racine bridge. Halsted to IMD trackwork ($83 M) Advance utility work ($12 M) Page 5 of this PDF: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1110048/CTA_CIP_FY2021-2025_CMAP_final.pdf/31f48863-4ea0-263d-2472-5d0acd6c52d8?t=1607726249694
  7. CTA gave a Capital Improvement Plan presentation to the CMAP Transportation Committee on Dec 11 2020. 6 buses have arrived, 14 additional buses will arrive in Q3 2021. The Capital Improvement Plan funds another 70 electric buses. Page 8: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1110048/CTA_CIP_FY2021-2025_CMAP_final.pdf/31f48863-4ea0-263d-2472-5d0acd6c52d8?t=1607726249694
  8. An update from the CTA Capital Improvement Plan presentation to the CMAP Transportation Committee on Dec 11 2020: Contract award in 2021 Base order of 100 buses begin delivery Q3 2021 500 buses post-2022 Page 8 of the CTA CIP presentation at CMAP Transportation Committee: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1110048/CTA_CIP_FY2021-2025_CMAP_final.pdf/31f48863-4ea0-263d-2472-5d0acd6c52d8?t=1607726249694
  9. Construction contract to be awarded in April 2021, with station completion in December 2022. Page 15 of the Dec 2020 RTA Project Management Oversight update: https://rtachicago.org/sites/default/files/documents/businessandfinance/Project-Management-Oversight-Dec-2020.pdf
  10. Metra has awarded a contract for the design of new Metra Electric stations at 79th, 87th, 95th, 103rd, and 111th. New stations will include elevators and the rendering shows a stationhouse at street level. Design work will be complete in December 2021, after which construction will begin with separate contracts for each station. Page 19 of the Dec 2020 RTA Project Management Oversight update: https://rtachicago.org/sites/default/files/documents/businessandfinance/Project-Management-Oversight-Dec-2020.pdf
  11. Here's an update on the 30 foot bus order in the Dec 2020 RTA Project Management Oversight Update. Page 62 of this PDF: https://rtachicago.org/sites/default/files/documents/businessandfinance/Project-Management-Oversight-Dec-2020.pdf 5 year contract awarded in Sept 2019 Minimum purchase of 67 buses, maximum purchase of 164 buses 23 buses ordered to date 5 have arrived, the remaining 18 expected by end of 2020 A new order of 44 buses will be submitted, bringing total ordered and delivered to 67. Buses expected to serve Fox Valley and MV Batavia.
  12. I looked at the new schedules but haven't had a chance to compare to the old ones. On the surface, it looks like the routes with new schedules are getting decent service increases.
  13. New 352 schedule: https://www.pacebus.com/sites/default/files/2020-12/PaceRt352_20210104 (1).pdf Weekdays and Saturdays all trips go to Chicago Heights except for owl and a few weekday early AM NB trips. Sundays only half of the daytime trips go to Chicago Heights, and the service starts later in the morning and ends earlier in the evening compared to the other days of the week. Good to see such a big improvement! Hope that Pace has more service increases like this in the future.
  14. Here's the Pace 352 Halsted improvements. Chicago Heights getting a major service increase and better hours for frequent service along the whole route. https://www.pacebus.com/notice/route-352-service-changes
  15. Thanks for the link. That looks like a lot of progress in the past week! Looking forward to the flyover opening.
  16. I went past last weekend and saw that steel up. At the time they only had laid steel on that one deck, but there's more on property waiting to be installed.
  17. Crazy stuff seems to happen all over the city. Last fight I saw was on the 9 by Chicago and Ashland. Routes like Belmont and Lawrence have their fair share of characters. I used to live off the #12 (probably a bit biased from riding it everyday) and I always thought that one takes the cake. Fare issues happen everywhere, I feel like operators give people more slack on the north side compared to the south side.
  18. I'm just looking at their archive of public timetables. A lot of the cuts only amount to a few runs for most routes. It's things like going from an 8 min headway to 10, or 10 to 12 or 15. Everything I've noticed is at peak as well, no changes off-peak. Also, like you've mentioned school trips not running, a lot of those have been removed from the recent versions of the timetables. I see what you mean about the runs that aren't being filled. I'm just comparing the schedules between the two. Interesting that the public bus timetables are being updated but the rail ones haven't. Good to hear new operators are being hired. Here's the link to the timetables: http://irm-cta.org/TT/TT.html
  19. I checked through some more timetables on IRM-CTA and saw that the 1, 2, X9, J14, X49, and 65 also got some frequency cuts this summer/fall.
  20. Yeah, the best bet for T5 is to take the farthest exit from the garage on the T3 side (past the O'Hare badging office). There's an elevator that takes you directly to ATS in the garage, no need to go through the terminal. Of course, ATS isn't running so you have to take the shuttle bus from the departures roadway. The O'Hare 21 plan adds two new satellites in T1. One of the new ones is an extension on the existing one. The other one would be further out. There will be a walkway and utility tunnel from T2 to the satellites, and it will have room for a future security-side train. That train could one day be extended to the Western Terminal and/or to T5. That's a very long ways away however, and the Covid pandemic and current collapse of air travel might delay the plans. For what it's worth, the O'Hare 21 plan includes a security gate for employees where a Western Terminal would go. This will at least help some of the suburban workers get to work faster by being able to use 390/490 instead of 90/190/294.
  21. Metra is running reduced service. They've said they are looking at a total review of service, so we might see a public hearing soon. If they're following the same rules as Pace, they'll have to have a public hearing to make the temporary schedule permanent. CTA cut some service in the summer pick. I believe the 120, 121, 125, 134, 135, 136, 143, 148, and 156 had pretty significant rush hour frequency cuts. I think the 1 and the 2 also had frequency reductions. We haven't seen a full ridership report since June so it's hard to say how things are standing now.
  22. The bids must still be under evaluation. I believe staff will have to bring the contract to the board which is probably the next time we'll hear about it. My guess is that will be in the next few months, but who knows.
  23. 7009-7010 testing today. https://twitter.com/itskylelucas/status/1321143951068483587?s=19
  24. There's probably no reason to run a full peak service on the Blue Line. I'd imagine downtown is still a ghost town, especially on streets like LaSalle and Wacker.
  25. Interesting about the 700 bus orders between 2020 and 2022. I believe the 600 bus RFP is still being worked through, so can we expect an additional bid for another 100 bus order?
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