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  1. I’m surprised these UPS routes still exist, I would’t be surprised if UPS were to privatize these routes in the future and hire a charter company full-time (similar to the many private shuttle operations in the Loop). I’d imagine it would be cheaper to hire a company like Aries vs. CTA/Pace especially when it comes to labor costs, this has been done many times recently, most recent was the #132 Goose Island (route still exists, just private buses now). Just out of curiosity, did your company use motor coaches or regular transits for this operation? For the UPS workers, a motor coach would be a nice upgrade.
  2. Pace has updated its legacy fleet page with photos of all of the heritage buses, including the RTA Pumpkin. I think the Pumpkin might be the best one. United Motor Coach disappeared from the page, I wonder if they decided not to do it... http://www.pacebus.com/sub/news_events/anniversary.asp
  3. I agree, its embarrassingly bad. Instead of trying to make a modern bus look vintage, they should have adapted these liveries to fit on a modern bus. If this is the route they are taking, I'm not looking forward to the others... Here is a rendering of a West Towns ElDorado that I made during my free time. (I based it off 776) Its a very simple livery, I'm curious to see how Pace will botch it.
  4. I agree with you, in that CTA should reintroduce many of the X routes, at least during rush periods. They could do it the same way they did in 2006 by converting a curtain number of locals into express. The loss of the X54 was disappointing, losing the one seat ride from Jeff Park to Midway was a step backwards. Also, if you want faster buses, bus stop spacing should be examined on curtain corridors, especially Inner LSD (here's an example, pan over to the right and you'll see how close the stops are). When it comes to bus lanes, can't they install the lanes and have rush hour parking bans? (similar to Jeffery Blvd). At least this way you don't have to reduce vehicle lanes. Also can someone give me an answer as to why the Loop Link bus lanes are painted red, while the bus lanes along Adams and Dearborn are near invisible, would it be so hard for CDOT throw down some red paint? As far as rideshare goes, the growth rate of the number of drivers at this point is out of control, and a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles is badly needed (I was disappointed none of the mayoral candidates mentioned a rideshare cap when pressed about how to reverse ridership loss and address growing congestion in the loop. During one of the mayoral forums, Mendoza basically endorsed the continued unchecked growth of Uber/Lyft).
  5. Because they spent 2.5Mil on a whole new terminal, they have to serve it with something. What I'm wondering is why 307 hasnt been extended there yet.
  6. Looks like they're ditching hopper windows. Pax windows are one piece.
  7. Avis, Hertz and all of the other car rental companies ended their shuttle operations on Oct. 31 when the new facility opened. Each company has their buses parked and lined up in their lots off of Bessie Coleman. As far as the lower level, I believe their using the former rental car shuttle bus stops at each terminal. Also it helps to reduce conflict with the chaotic traffic on the upper level.
  8. With all the talk about the North Shore changes, this one flew under the radar: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_notice_detail.asp?Notice_ID=705
  9. My point exactly, meanwhile Elk Grove PNR is just sitting there collecting dust. This would be the ideal place, it has parking, Pace signage, a shelter and for a bonus it still has a payphone...
  10. Another thing I find interesting is why is Pace looking for a totally new place in Rolling Meadows for 282 service. Why don't they just use the Elk Grove PNR, it already has Bears service, and like the Hillside PNR it is barely used...
  11. The Hillside PNR was always lightly used (even before 301/747 merge), but a Google Street View search shows the lot repaved. Pace still uses both Roosevelt/Mannheim and Harrison/Wolf (Hillside) as relief points (just depends on the run). I wonder if the Yorktown change has something to do with a new restaurant or store that was built across from the Yorktown bus stop. Its well known Pace and Yorktown mgmt. don't have the best relationship, and Yorktown probably doesn't want Bears and Cubs fans taking parking spaces away from mall patrons. Also, the Wrigley page on the Pace website states a new location in Rolling Meadows will be announced when "our new contract is signed", what kind of contract would that be? What kind of contract is needed to change the begin/end point for these routes?
  12. 201 and 206 will be the last ones standing. The 206 already had its hours cut, and is now aimed more at serving ETHS students than rush hour commuters.
  13. Changes are being done to the Wrigley and Soldier Field express services. Yorktown will no longer be the departure point for the 776/779, instead it will now depart Hillside PNR. 237/282 service from Schaumburg and Elk Grove is being discontinued in favor of Rolling Meadows (location TBD). The Schaumburg changes are kinda surprising considering NWTC is the unofficial flagship terminal for Pace and is slated for a major renovation, but at least the Hillside PNR will finally get some use... http://www.pacebus.com/sub/espd/wrigley_field_express.asp
  14. According to Bus Tracker, it looks like these 156/77 trips also do a short trip on the 82 from Belmont to Jackson. Makes sense, they might as well pick people up on the way to the garage.
  15. That's exactly what these Kedzie runs will be doing. Previously these #156 pull-ins ran via Belmont-Western-Van Buren, I guess they will now use Kimball-Homan as their pull-in route. The added time to these runs makes me think these are part-time/tripper runs (but I could be wrong) I think those long deadheads (like an #8 deadheading from Waveland to 77th) have to do more with a bus operator not going over their drive time. For example, if a full-time operator on the #8 has been behind the wheel for 9 1/2 hours and he is on the north end of the route he will most likely deadhead direct to 77th. Maybe Andre or Busjack can shed more light...
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