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  1. Here is the official list. Note the oddity at 77th. Andre Bus Assignment 6-22-17.xlsx
  2. The radio system does work, sort of. In my last year at CTA, actually was called on it once (1st time in 7 years).
  3. Atlanta has "paid areas" at almost all its rail stations where feeder buses load and unload. The idea is not that it saves time, but saves passengers and drivers a hassle of having to deal with paper transfers. You just get off the bus and walk into the station and vice versa. Even New York City Transit had a "controlled transfer" between the L Subway and B49 bus at Rockaway Parkway terminal, with motorized gates at the bus entry and exit. While electronic fare collection saved a lot of money for CTA, it also introduced issues that would not come up if interchange was for no additional payment.
  4. Another thing ion streetcar days was if the car in front of you broke down, you had to push it back to its home barn. For instance, there is a shot of a Pullman off Milwaukee/Armitage pushing a one-man Armitage car at Cicero and North back to North Ave. This could get really interesting downtown, but there was no other way to handle it. You can't very well pass a breakdown...
  5. "Diverting" a bus to another route to fill a major gap is not unheard of. Was a lot more common years ago than now, but still done occasionally. In the late 60's it was an almost daily practice for instance to grab North Limiteds on their pullin trips after the AM rush to make a trip[ up Pulaski to Peterson as Pulaski had a tendency to have major service gaps in the morning. Strangest example I personally ever saw was one day about 1968 when Fullerton had some kind of electrical problem and the trolley buses were immobilized in the PM rush and service was being run entirely by diversions, including a Mack and a 100 presumably off Halsted and various propanes. However, this still occurs. I personally while out of 103rd made a trip on Grand from Navy Pier to Nordica and then on Fullerton from Nordica to Halsted one day about 5 years ago, with a 4000 no less.
  6. Anybody know when the new Fairbanks/Ontario terminal (the one inside the building) opened? CTA board ordnance is dated 11/1/16, but this is probably a bit before actual opening.
  7. list of goners... Kristopans.FOIA.ResponsiveDoc.xlsx
  8. 2507-08, 2521-22 sold 12/17/15 to Chicagoland Speedway per CTA. Is 2423-24 a work car set?
  9. Conductors collected fares on trains all over the L. Until the 1980's, the only route they did not was the North-South. Anywhere else any time you had two car trains you had on train fare collection at most stations. Even NS had on train fare collection evenings and at night at a relatively few stations (Jarvis, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle, Lawrence, Sheridan, Indiana, Garfield, 61st, King, Cottage Grove, Wentworth, Harvard,Racine) after they started running 2 car trains evenings. Lake St had a LOT of on-train collecting. WB California and Kedzie were 24-hour Pay on Train by 1970's.
  10. Note also on 2015 list 907 to Warren Barr. This is a nursing home outfit.
  11. I will assume the 801 and four L cars to Paramount are to be movie props. Funny how CTA had such poor results with 40-foot hybrids, yet no apparent issues with hybrid artics?? The 500's are worn-out junk. I am surprised they were able to unload the few to Kankakee. Notice no others have gone anywhere. If they had been shipped out, they would have been on this list.
  12. I don't think I ever posted 2015 departures, so here goes: Departures2015.pdf
  13. 2016 scrappings Departures 2016.pdf
  14. 7000's and 14400's are "community buses" that are being used in regular route service.
  15. I believe 6 9000's and a couple of 3500's were cooked at 69. There was an earlier fire there in early 60's that took out 5 or 6 5500's.