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Everything posted by Tcmetro

  1. CTA buses to go all electric by 2040?

    Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle have 60' Electric New Flyers on order.
  2. December 2018 Bus Changes

    I've looked through the new schedules. The changes are: School trip changes on 3, 56, 84, 86 9: All southbound trips on Saturdays extend to 95th 24: First three trips in both directions have been eliminated 53A: PM peak service reduced to ~ every 10-15 mins, but all trips operate between 31st and 115th 60: One AM run added between Harbor Point and Roosevelt Rd 62: Sunday AM service improved to every 17-19 mins from every 20 mins 67: Buses that start/end at 69th/Western run 69th, Damen, Marquette, Western, back EB on 69th 70: Peak hour service cut from every 5-10 mins to about every 15 mins; all weekday trips operate between Walton and Austin (except for traveling between garage and Austin) 86: One southbound trip added at 9:01 pm 94: Service span lengthened by about 10 mins on Weekday mornings and evenings and Sunday mornings 132: Eliminated 136: One PM peak trip removed 151: Service slightly reduced Sunday late afternoon 156: Peak service slightly changed 171: Starts 15 min earlier on weekdays 172: Starts 15 min earlier on weekdays
  3. 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
  4. Pace 2019 Budget

    Pace has yet to publish the 2019 budget on the webpage, but has posted the public hearing notice. Pace is planning to cut the following routes and reinvest the service elsewhere: Route 209 Busse Highway (Saturday service discontinued only) Route 304 North Riverside-LaGrange Route 326 West Irving Park Route 348 Harvey-Riverdale-Blue Island (Saturday service discontinued only) Route 362 South Park Forest Route 504 South Joliet (Saturday service discontinued only) Route 532 Illinois Avenue Route 540 Farnsworth Avenue (Saturday service discontinued only) Route 546 Orange-Walnut (Saturday service discontinued only) Route 590 Round Lake Area Call-N-Ride (On-Demand) Route 661 Southwest Westmont Route 681 Lincoln Park-Naperville Metra Route 809 Richmond-Fox Lake Metra Station Route 824 East Bolingbrook-Lisle http://pacebus.com/sub/news_events/public_hearings_upcoming.asp
  5. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I think the other bus with the new info screen is 8102.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Garfield Gateway (Green Line)

    The $50 million Garfield Green Line station renovation broke ground today. It looks like the budget will fund some sort of art paneling on the stationhouse and elevator shafts, renovation of the old stationhouse on the south side of the street (not to be used for passenger circulation), canopy extensions, elevator and escalator improvements, streetscaping, and bus zone improvements. Doesn't really seem to be the most pressing need in the CTA system for improvements, but I imagine that UChicago had some role to play given their investments in the arts incubator on the block. Curbed: https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/6/15/17468000/cta-garfield-gateway-green-line-washington-park Rahm's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChicagosMayor/status/1007601997552418816?s=19
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Garfield Gateway (Green Line)

    Garfield Green Line reopening Jan 10: https://www.transitchicago.com/travel-information/alert-detail/?AlertId=55175
  13. 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.
  14. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    Yes, there will be an entrance to the north bus bridge from Lafayette and exit to State.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Pulse - 95th St

    It looks like another Pulse study is being started, this time for 95th St from the Red Line to Moraine Valley Community College. It seems that they have already decided upon the station locations from the map provided, so I would imagine that the study is going to be focused on more minute details like the actual placement at the intersections. https://pulse.pacebus.com/index.php/service-lines/95th-street
  20. Random CTA

    Apparently there has been a few Green Line station upgrades completed at Kedzie, 51st, Halsted, and Cottage Grove. https://www.transitchicago.com/mayor-emanuel-cta-announce-completion-of-improvements-to-four-green-line-stations/ RFP for Green Line track improvements (West and South side) https://www.transitchicago.com/solicitation/details/?cta=ApJjfjFvPxLlxK3CGTXDVVY5QQ746B8VIO2yM8wlv3I%3D A tow truck crashed into the Logan Square Blue Line this morning: https://abc7chicago.com/multi-vehicle-crash-sends-tow-truck-crashing-into-cta-blue-line-station/4985676/
  21. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Maybe (hopefully) the AC is improved over the rest of the Nova fleet.
  22. Fare Game

    If you are using a 1,3, or 7 day CTA pass there is no Pace transfer discount. If you pay using the Ventra stored value, transfers work between CTA and Pace. If you are planning to just do a CTA+Pace trip and return, it may be cheaper to just use stored value. If you are planning more extensive CTA use, I'd recommend going with the 1-day pass and paying the extra fare for the Pace buses you need to take.
  23. December 2018 Bus Changes

    Trips returning to the garage at 74th.
  24. Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM)

    The EA claims that currently the Red Line runs 21-23 TPH (schedules show 20 TPH - every 3 mins) so increasing by eight to 30 TPH (2 mins) seems to be realistic. Once the flyover is added, the limiting factor of the Red Line will be the terminals at 95th and Howard. Currently the shared Brown/Purple between Belmont and the Mart is in the range of 26-27 TPH, IIRC.
  25. Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM)

    CTA claims that they will get eight more red line trains per hour from the flyover. I'm not sure if capacity will increase for Brown/Purple, as those routes are also limited by capacity problems on the Loop. The flyover will make Brown and Purple line rides slightly faster though.