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Everything posted by BusHunter

  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

    I was looking on CTA's website and they list some of the details for this upcoming project as well as have a few station renderings. http://www.transitchicago.com/yournewblue/ I was actually surprised they want to give the stations so much attention. I noticed someone put up one of these banners on the subway walls of Division/Milwaukee. I was thinking why would they do that ahead of the project. That's going to get ruined at Division because the walls leak so bad there. I was thinking instead of doing that, they should just put up acoustical panels and put it on there to keep it from getting wet. To really get Division looking good again they could add marble/granite flooring tiles right over the red platform. (I saw the tile guy do just this at Clark/Lake (subway) 5-10 years ago). That along with some better lighting and you can see the difference between Clark/Lake (subway) and Division/Milwaukee. Upon reading the project details, it sounds like they may be doing something similar, minus the acoustical panels. I wonder would they put the tile ceiling like what's being done at Clark/Division. (they do mention retiling) Some things I needed to look up like an armor deck for California/Milwaukee. http://www.armor-deck.net/transit-platforms It appear Metra uses this already. A look at it's application to a wood surface can be viewed below. http://www.armor-deck.net/gallery I was also surprised they want to add a wavy ceiling at Jefferson Park similar to what is being built soon at Washington/Wabash. They want to remove all skylights Addison through Cumberland and replace those also. It would be nice to add some doors to some of these stations too, they get cold in the winter wind waiting for a bus. Overall it sounds like a nice upgrade.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!!
  8. 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!!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    No didnt see it. Was looking for Proterras. Man how far behind is that order? It's a big order as far as electrics are concerned. They only need the 5 buses but it would be dumb not to build them all just keep the rest for internal testing at proterra. If you think it took awhile for the 8325s to come out these proterras will probably take double that. Cta has even built in infrastructure for the electric charging. I suppose they could just run them out of a charging garage and not run them long range til later.
  18. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Was out at south shops tonight 8346 is still there.
  19. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Been doing some staging in the aldi lot over by belmont and kimball Dont know if it's related to the belmont reconstruction but dont know what else it would be for. At jeff pk the steel canopies are up for the north lot. It's just the skeletal steel but it's a start.
  20. Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM)

    They are still tearing down buildings on clark. Took this pic yesterday.
  21. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    I was looking and Avis is still storing cars on their old lot, so do they still have that space as an overflow lot? Everyone else seems gone and the ex national lot looks like it might be being used for remote parking. I couldn't be sure but cars were going over there like where they used to go for the car rental returns. If you go up north on bessie coleman there's a spot straight from bessie where you can turn cross the old remote lot go over the mannheim bridge and right into the rental car facility. Was looking at the remote buses said they are leased from Continental so I guess they have a pool of new flyers at there disposal. They seem to be all different years and styles of bus. if you go down mannheim they have a makeshift outdoor garage where they store them all the transportation rooms are trailers. Crazy still dont see how they would get all the riders on a 3 car set of trains. Better beef up the power cause its gonna be like the red line. You know an Uber and Lyft pickup wouldnt be bad at the rental car facility. But then again thats more people on those trains. Also the whole fleet of older ats cars are now in the taft lot pictured above. Strangely enough no cars have been transported yet. Maybe they feel they could use them as spares or if the new cars have a problem they could reintroduce them maybe. They sit on makeshift trailers
  22. Random CTA

    Thought that was wind. Station was pretty old though 50 years. Probably never had an upgrade. Paulina has the lesser volume of the 3 exits so it probably was neglected. Then it's on the forest pk branch which is not state of the art either.
  23. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Isn't 8346 at south shops.
  24. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    8349 was on the 77 yesterday
  25. Random CTA

    Some guy was telling me he almost got struck by lightning at belmont red line. He said the bolt was like 2 feet above his head. Guy was too distraught to ride the L so he caught an uber. Was wondering if the stations were grounded. I dont know but theres alot of electronics on the platform. I saw the lightning bolt I was down the street. It was a healthy surface to ground strike. He said it sounded like a bomb. I was about 40 feet from a strike once I heard this crash of sound and the feel of tremendous wind. Could have just been the energy. Be careful out there guys!! Kind of interesting they claim the sound of the lightning is the breaking of the sound barrier. The lightning is traveling fast.