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  1. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Snapped this pic this morning at belmont blue line. They are installing the glass canopy (might be polycarbonate) on the new metal structure. I thought that it was supposed to be facing south but maybe it cant fit. It is pretty big.
  2. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Just was looking at the blue line forest pk. I forgot when built it was envisioned to have express services 4 tracks. That was due to the interurban that was running west of forest pk. Probably theyll get express bus shoulder west of forest pk they could use something the whole ike is gridlock
  3. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    It will be interesting when the time comes. Cta has alot of land in the congestion zone for the ike from austin to forest pk. They need 4 lanes there. They might just put the blue line back in the center of the median. Cta has alot of land also east of there. They cant do too much to areas that have already been redeveloped like IMD stop or halsted. As far as cta they are up to their eyeballs in this red line project. Dont know if they can do another big project at the same time or not.
  4. Random CTA

    I hate to ask what happens when an artic has that problem. I dont know if I ever saw that long of a flatbed. How does it go under a viaduct? They have a towing method that they call a float which sounds like that axle is raised to run on a axle dolly. Usually if the brakes are locked theyll use that method. Why this was so special I dont know. I wish I could have seen the bus better I was traveling the other way. Hope it doesnt have serious damage. I bet this comes out for all the big wrecks like 5530.
  5. Random CTA

    Dont know what happened to #1007 but its traveling south on the kennedy right now on a cta tow truck flatbed. Didnt know they had one. The bus had a rear right lean maybe something with that axle
  6. Random CTA

    At least he was trying to blend in. I guess he couldn't afford an uber. The L would have been faster though!!
  7. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Could be worse metra is talking about retiring railcars that are 60 years old. Wow I think that might beat cta on the wood l cars. That's according to what i just heard on wgn. They claim service was being impacted. Really!! Lol!!
  8. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://energynews.us/2018/07/27/midwest/qa-lessons-from-the-u-s-s-first-commercial-electric-shuttle-bus-fleet/&ved=2ahUKEwi13L6g8Y_hAhWa94MKHVyoDVQQFjADegQIBhAB&usg=AOvVaw2vyWro-BdsvGXJHa_md_SN Here's a interesting link that talks about the aon proterras. Some interesting facts like where the buses are charged are in the story. Most likely all CTA personnel operating these buses will need training.
  9. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Rumblings are anyway these are a year behind so maybe coming in 2020. I just hope they dont end up like the 7800s.
  10. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Yeah but that was never cta's intention. They intend to run them hard on busy routes. It's ok if they work. Navy pier could have had the 29 124 2 65 66 so they could have spread buses around the city with the emphasis on downtown. Running them in one part of the city and not running them in a central district doesnt really show them off. How can they gauge any kind of input public or technical running them in a isolated environment?
  11. March 2019 Bus Changes

    That's why the 62h goes to midway but its counter productive you go south when you want to go north most passengers are transferring to orange. Why cant they just do the cicero to 47th bypass there is a bridge there. That would solve the problem. For the time you wait for freight trains to pass you are losing the time to go south then north. If you canned the #62 west of pulaski which would be an interesting proposal as most riders are coming off the orange line anyway beef up the 62h that may not be a bad idea. You can also maintain schedule better on the east end where its needed.
  12. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Yeah it's really an out there statement to say cta will go all electric by 2040. That's putting the cart before the horse. If the nfs are having issues and they make tons of buses then how does a smaller company succeed? The problem with proterra and byd is that that is mostly all they make so if it screws up your company could be in jeopardy. Not good to put all your eggs in one basket. Now places like proterra have to produce they have alot of orders. Now its tempting to cut corners but they have to be careful and build the buses right do there research and buy quality parts or it could bankrupt them. Remember nabi? Alot of the problems are electric cars are not running 24/7 doing massive miles maybe as much as 100k a year if running 24/7. But electric cars have problems in the cold. Batteries discharge under extreme cold or they could explode under extreme heat. Even though you may get x amount of miles as charged you dont because of this. Batteries are expensive 8 to 12k in a car. I dont want to know what a bus battery costs. But if you charge and charge and charge the battery will wear out faster. If allowed to fully discharge you could cause the battery cells to start failing. Probably what they really need fo do is start slow. Get an eldorko type electric bus and use it on the lighter stuff routes that run maybe 10 hrs a day. Some cta routes are grueling like the 77 or 79. How do they expect an electric bus to run that.
  13. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Yeah I wouldnt buy from byd. They have had issues in the past. The proterras have issues too. I think it's the tech. It still has kinks. Better to buy hybrid buses at least they are proven tech. If they want to go zero emissions they need to look at alternative fuels like cng. Pace seems to be doing ok. Cta wont go there though after its history of fires in the garage.
  14. March 2019 Bus Changes

    These changes are kind of weird. Maybe counter productive. I dont understand why. The 47 serves kedzie orange so what is the point in sending it to midway? I can only think to link up with the SW side service but cicero 54b is a through route so it basically does the same thing. That only leaves west 63rd and pace connections but again it's faster to take the orange line. Even stranger is the #62 cicero trips to pulaski instead of cicero. You know if I didnt know better sounds like someone wants to sell the archer cicero turnaround lot. Why else those two routes? I always thought the cicero to pulaski corridor on archer was strong. Plus you are losing a main corridor feeder to pulaski orange line. Where will the 62 berth at pulaski. Will the n and s bays be one bay. That will be crowded especially now that they lost half the service. I would definitely consider now running the 62h to pulaski orange. This way you can still feed pulaski orange without losing a bus. There is one positive though the service might improve cause you wont get trained at archer Knox. That intersection is painful. The 111a I dont know alot about but around 103rd stony is all industrial so what are they serving. Are they having issues with reliefs?
  15. How would you implement a CRP

    Easy buy and run more artics. Like the 77 that's a double failure not picking up riders cause your too full. Now they cant ride your bus and your putting there load on the followers shoulders. Your making both buses late. This is how bus bunching starts. Also if a bus is packed it takes 2 to 3 times longer to unload. This is why the artics have double aisle exits. Dont get why they changed the front door spec. When they had double aisles in the front you could enter and exit at the same time. This saves time. Must have been worried about fare evasion.