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  1. It would be really hard to run artics on the 9 no matter what, that right hand turn off Ashland on to Irving park on the NB 9 is a difficult turn for just a 40 foot bus. Sometimes its next to impossible for drivers to clear that turn.
  2. I ride the 50 Damen a lot for work and when I was back in high school I use to the ride to school and I’m in my fourth year of college, I’m still getting the same driver that I had since freshman year of high school lol. He’s probably been on the route even longer than that, he only drives that route and has been driving that route for 8+ years lol.
  3. I’ve always heard that bus drivers pick their routes but what happens when no bus driver wants to drive a certain route? Like a bus route that goes down a rough street like 79th, will the garage assign drivers to that route just to have drivers on that route?
  4. Do any of you think NP will ever get 4000s artics back? How did the garages decide which artics go where? With Kenzie and Chicago being so close in proximity, why didn’t Kedzie send it’s artics to Chicago and NP send it’s 4300s to 77th since they aren’t as broken in as the 4000s artics? How do the bus drivers at 77th and Chicago feel about driving artics?
  5. Do you think the garages should move the 7900s and 8000s around to even mileage like for instance 77th sends a handful of 7900s to FG for a handful of 8200s-8300s that way the 7900s get some downtime at FG and operate on lighter routes and better roads while the 8200s-8300s get their use. Same thing with 8000s from 74th, send a handful to FG for some of FGs novas or send them to NP for some new flyers. Would that help maintenance wise?
  6. From what I’ve seen on here about the 7900s, it sounds like they’re a very problematic fleet. I have a feeling the 7900s are going to have a premature service life. I don’t think they’re going to last as long as the 6400s, I don’t even think they’ll last as long as the 4000 series artics which are 11-12 years old. I don’t see the 7900s making 10 years, so here’s a scenario what happens if the 7900s get so bad that all of them have to be taken out of service like the Nabis? If CTA can’t get enough buses to replace the 7900s, how does it work with the buses it currently has if it’s short 450 buses?
  7. Javi78

    CTA 'L' Rosters

    I forgot about CTA trying to coordinate forest park with IDOT, hopefully it can be done by the time of the 7000s delivery. It wouldn’t be good for the blue line to get the red lines 5000s because the blue line is another heavy line like the red line and it’s bad to put cars that already have the wear and tear and mileage on the blue line.
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    CTA 'L' Rosters

    The smartest thing for CTA to do with the L car rosters would be to get right on with upgrading the blue line power systems for AC cars ASAP, the blue line needs to get the newest equipment to avoid another 2600 situation. The brown line should the rest of its 3200s to the blue line (with the exception of 3441-3458 because the roof boards can’t fit in the kimball subway and the blue line doesn’t want to mix 3200s and 2600s in the same sets.) and the brown line become all 2600s then when the 7000s get delivered, they need to go to the blue line right away and fully equip the blue line first then the blues 2600s retire and 3200s are sent to brown and orange then the 7000s fully equip brown and orange and retire the 2600s and 3200s then the rest of the 7000s fully equip green and pink lines and send all their 5000s to the red line to even out mileage on the 5000s. The red, purple and yellow lines have all the 5000s and the 5000s with the most mileage get a break.
  9. What bus routes do you think are the roughest or have the most crime in the CTA?
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    More Bus Moves

    Why is it taking so long to retire the 6400s? It’s taking six years to replace 484 buses, when it only took 3 or 4 years to retire 3 and a half bus series which were the 4400s, 5300s, 5800s and 6000s. If CTA is having this hard of a time retiring 484 buses, it’s going to be a disaster retiring the 1000s, that’s going to be a 20 year retirement lol. What is CTA doing, I’ve always hated the 6400s the entire time they’ve been in service, they sound like garbage trucks and they look weird. Why does a bus sound like a garbage truck lol? What would CTA do in the worst case scenario of the 6400s just suddenly stop working or they have a failure to where they can’t operate anymore. Basically a Nabi situation where buses were no longer operational and CTA had no other choice but to work with what they being short on fleet, how would CTA respond when they can’t get new buses right away? Would they have to stretch garages thin to have buses for routes. What would happen if CTA was really short 70 buses?
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    More Bus Moves

    With NP losing all hybrid artics, the bus drivers on the south side out of 77th and 103rd drive the hybrid artics faster than NP, NP drivers were always timid when driving artics. What is that sound that the hybrid buses make when they go fast then stop or slow down? The last few times I’ve rode a hybrid artic on the 146 I was disappointed that I didn’t hear that sound when the bus was approaching Michigan Ave off of Lakeshore Drive. I like the hybrid buses make that sound when they’re going fast then slow down or brake. Every time I rode the 6 or J14 the artics would be speeding down a street like we were on LSD and the hybrid buses would always make that sound every time I approached a bus stop, stop sign, red light. From seeing how aggressive the drivers on the 2, 3, 4, and 8 drive I could only imagine the they’re speeding with those artics at 77th.
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    More Bus Moves

    Is there a possibility of NP getting 7900s to make up for the loss of artics to C and 77th? Would they let go of their 7900s? Also why is FG trying to put the 6400s back in service?
  13. I think the routes that would be up for elimination are 54A 96 11 7 157 124 130 10 48 55A 62H 37 since it duplicates the brown line merge the 106 and 103 into one route that makes a stop at the 95th red line. Considering the 2012 crowd reduction plan with bus routes being cut to favor the L lines, I’ve wondered about if the idea of the 56 Milwaukee being cut to favor the ohare branch of the blue line.
  14. They at least would still need the 146 and 147 to have a faster alternative to the red line and 151.
  15. One of my cousins has a friend that’s a CTA bus driver and he was told that since a lot of buses don’t have ventra fare readers and buses aren’t collecting fares, so after this crisis is over CTAs going to lay off a lot of employees and cut bus routes around all across. If CTA were to cut bus routes in a budget short fall, what would be the first bus routes to get cut?
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