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andrethebusman last won the day on September 28 2019

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    6400 Nova, 5000 Twin Propane

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  1. I remember when the 6400s were new talk about some leaseback deal. This would require digging thru 2000 board proceedings to check out. I would have thought the lease would have expired by now though.
  2. Five year plans are just that - plans. Until bids are requested and awarded they mean very little. Try to reconcile PACE five year plans with reality sometime.
  3. The issue with 74th is that all west of Midway routes are interlined with east of Midway routes. Bus comes off 55, makes trip on 55N, goes back to 55. Next 55N might be off 63 or 59. So you are stuck running 40 footers out there. FG has same problem, endless interlining caused by trying to keep service hours down.
  4. This might be CTA specs, but I have serious doubts its a CTA bus. Where is this anyway? Looks very demo to me.
  5. 56A also replaced 19 via Devon-Ozanam-Ozark to NW Hey. Most of that territory was eventually taken over by 88 and 209.
  6. Auburn Park got closed down what 30 years ago now for lack of business. Basically it did ok until the Ryan L opened. And let's be real, old Auburn Park station was at best rather creepy, especially if there were only a couple people getting on or off the train. The Ryan L tremendously changed travel patterns on the far south side, including dramatically cutting riding on the IC Electric south of Hyde Park to Kensington. Now the pendulum is swinging back. Instead of the half-dead RI commuter cars straight out of the 20s competing with a brand new L, you have pretty nice commuter cars competing with an L that is getting a pretty bad reputation for petty crime.
  7. Now let's see if CNW gets in on the act? Or for that matter, GM&O or Wabash?
  8. Aurora started downhill when the pulse point was moved to the roundhouse and headway went to 35 minutes. Small town systems recognize you need memory schedules. 35 is not a memory schedule. The outer cities were much better run before PACE.
  9. Actually there should be four tracks available much of the time. Assuming the SB local can be straightend without impacting existing SB local. Then you cut over to new alignment, take out and replace the old, cut over SB express, repeat process. Assuming new does not foul old, as I said. If it does, then three in use at a time. Yes, it does take a LOT more time to build anything today than 100 years ago, when the SS Main was triple-tracked in months while maintaining service to all stations. Just how it is.
  10. There is very much a mindset out there that "Metra is better". In many eyes the L is the province of the hoi polloi, the great unwashed masses, while Metra is where the "better" folks go. The suit and tie crowd doesn't think highly of the CTA
  11. Progress has to be thrilled to get this work. They are absolutely dying since Tier 4 kicked in. Muncie has got to be a ghost town. These rebuild jobs are about all they have left.
  12. Slowly the outer ring service goes away. Nobody wants to admit the collar counties will never have bus usage to speak of. Even the train feeders are failing and could be easily replaced with bigger parking lots.
  13. There has been stuff on legal hold at S Shops for OVER A DECADE
  14. Fire damage almost always fatal. Wreck depends if frame starts telescoping which happens with front impact. Angle impacts usually survivable. Strange about 4167. Low speed impact, at an angle. Should have been survivable. Maybe frame broke behind axle?
  15. Replacement for the Auburn Park station at 78th closed early 80s for lack of use. Will Hamilton Park and Englewood be next? History is repeating itself here!
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