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Everything posted by Tcmetro

  1. CTA Bus Rapid Transit (take two)

    79th is getting short stretches of lanes, but they'll function more as a "queue jump" so that the buses can get to the front of the line at the traffic light.
  2. CTA Bus Rapid Transit (take two)

    Some short stretches of bus lanes coming to Western, Chicago, and 79th: https://chi.streetsblog.org/2019/04/19/city-announces-new-bus-speed-initiative-but-will-drivers-respect-the-new-lanes/
  3. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    The Congress branch of the Blue Line supposedly will get improvements from the Uber/Lyft tax. The 15th/Clark Red Line station will be funded through property taxes generated from the redevelopment. I assume that if the redevelopment doesn't happen, the Red Line station also won't happen.
  4. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Maybe Metra can put these in service to deal with the car shortage... They also don't have seats for max capacity.
  5. Considering this project is pretty much going to happen at this point, perhaps we should have a thread for it. I found a presentation to the American Public Transportation Assocation this August, some good info inside: http://www.apta.com/mc/multimodal/presentations/Presentations/Kellom%20PACE.pdf Included is a map, showing ART stops at the following: Golf Mill Mall Milwaukee/Dempster Milwaukee/Main Milwaukee/Oakton Milwaukee/Harlem-Howard Milwaukee/Touhy Milwaukee/Haft-Highland Milwaukee/Austin-Ardmore Milwaukee/Central Jefferson Park CTA Construction is supposed to begin next fall. EDIT: I'd imagine with a corrosponding reduction in local 270 service, CTA may have to implement a new route from Jeff Park to the city line.
  6. March 2019 Bus Changes

    CTA has published the new schedules for March 31 2019. Pretty light on changes, mostly school trip modifications. The material changes are: Route 47: All Archer/Cicero trips extended to Midway. Midway service frequency improved on Sunday to 15-30 minutes. Route 62: Saturday trips that start and end at Archer/Cicero will now start and end at Pulaski Orange Line. Route 111A: Discussed elsewhere on the board - extension of the 111A route to the garage and transfer point at 103rd/Stony Island. https://www.transitchicago.com/travel-information/service-updates/advance-timetables-for-march-2019/
  7. New stations like the proposed ones at Peterson-Ridge, Auburn Park, and Niles are considered "infill", because they are on existing lines between existing stations. I assume one of the outcomes of this station evaluation is closures where one station is closed and riders are expected to use another, or maybe in some cases two would close and a new one would be placed between, but that might be quite unlikely. Most of the lowest performing stations are on the ME in Chicago, Manhattan and New Lenox on the SWS, and Franklin Park, Schiller Park, and Rosemont on the NCS. I think a couple on the Beverly branch also fall into this category.
  8. Random CTA

    126 Harrison night and weekend service goes to the Medical District when the 7 doesn't run. Independence/Congress is for a front-door stop at the senior building.
  9. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    I think they want downtown commuters to drive to the 850 at Canterbury or 851 at White Fence and have Old Chicago for IMD/UIC commuters. My guess is that Old Chicago is more popular than Canterbury and they want to balance the demand.
  10. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    The new I-55 Corridor schedules have been posted: 755/850/851: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1362 855: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=1348 The SeatGeek stop has been renamed to Bridgeview Transit Center with two trips in each direction. The 855 trips that serve both stops leave at the same time as a direct trip from Burr Ridge.
  11. March 2019 Bus Changes

    The idea would be to extend the 62H to Pulaski Orange Line and eliminate the 62 between Harlem and Pulaski to reduce overlap and increase reliability.
  12. March 2019 Bus Changes

    Re: Bushunter Busfan is under the impression that the Cicero/Archer terminal is no longer available and could be redeveloped; therefore the 47 and 62 Cicero trips need new terminals. Expanding on your idea Bushunter, I would like to see the 62H run more frequently (maybe every 15-20 mins) and on Sunday, replacing the 62 west of Pulaski. Hopefully this would improve the reliability of the 62 line. 62H riders to Midway could change to the 47/54B at Cicero.
  13. March 2019 Bus Changes

    The 62H provides additional service on that part of Archer Weekdays and Saturdays, but there's lower demand on Saturday.
  14. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    The last time I rode one of the buses (to the rental car facility) the interior stickers were from Trimet (Portland OR).
  15. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Marquette Rd is narrow and doesn't have space for bus stops. I think the idea behind using 69th is to space the routes out between 63rd and 79th (because Marquette and 75th can't be used for 1/2 mile route spacing). Additionally, the 67 extension to Ford City is relatively recent. If there was one change I would make, it might be using 69th/Lithuanian Plaza from Western to California to directly serve the hospital, but that would be fairly minor.
  16. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    I like the idea of the 44 going to Downtown along Canal and Clinton. Things have changed significantly since the Orange Line opened in 1993 - the shopping district around Roosevelt and the West Loop office district. As for Clybourn, I think something might work between North and Belmont, especially if the Lincoln Yards project comes to fruition.
  17. Random CTA

    Ah - I didn't remember that the pre-construction Red Line schedule was every 6 minutes for peak-direction trains to/from the South Side. I do think that there are some operational difficulties with the construction, but this will be ending soon now. I hope that CTA can expand Red Line service once 95th is done, but only time will tell. The big problem with using the 63/Ashland Red Line trains is that they are scheduled every 18 minutes for only one-and-a-half in the peak direction. The extra service is really only useful if going in the reverse direction. Also, all of the AM runs from 63/Ashland only arrive downtown after 9 AM.
  18. Random CTA

    There is still work being done at 95th, I doubt they will keep the current arrangement once it is finished. The reduced service to 95th has really made the Red Line on the South Side unreliable, infrequent (upwards of 10 mins between trains at the peak 8 am and 5 pm hours), and crowded. The few times I have taken a 63/Ashland Red Line in the peak direction, it has been almost empty - so I suspect that the extra service there hasn't improved ridership at all.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Brown line Flyover breaking ground

    They typically close Clark after games and reroute along Belmont and Southport, so I would imagine that they will just use that reroute at all times. I suppose they could use Sheffield instead of Southport on non-game days. They could also do Halsted to Addison, but maybe that route has higher traffic.
  22. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    Looks like work is moving to the south end of the platform at 95th tomorrow. https://www.transitchicago.com/travel-information/alert-detail/?AlertId=56818 The latest construction update says that full operations will begin "early Q2". https://www.transitchicago.com/file.aspx?DocumentId=6312
  23. I believe the concept is spot improvements at major intersections on 79th. I can't remember if the bus lane concept for Chicago is spot improvements or a continuous segment. The reports (exhibits for 79th missing unfortunately) are posted here: http://www.rtams.org/rtams/planningStudy.jsp?id=3164
  24. Nothing official has been discussed since the meetings in 2013. The X9 was revived and the TOD zoning has been expanded to Ashland however. Planning efforts have shifted to 79th St and Chicago Ave, where bus lanes, technology improvements, and stop removals/relocations will be strategically placed.
  25. CTA buses to go all electric by 2040?

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