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    6400 Nova, 5000 Twin Propane

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  1. O'Hare Remote Parking Bus

    There have been two sets of Eldorado's at MDW, both groups starting at 001. Current are 001-020 from 2012. There are two older ones, 026-027 from 2002 when service started?. ORD has 14, 1-14 from 2008 that replaced the Orion 6's. All are EZRider II's, 32' at MDW, 35' at ORD, operated by Delaware Car/
  2. More Bus Moves

    #2 trips to Belmont (that came back as 153's, not 151's) dated back to CMC days. 3 trips to North Av (originally to Schiller) did too. 151 turnbacks are only from early 2000's.
  3. More Bus Moves

    Manufacturers never gave out "freebees". CTA bought an extra old Nova (7200), and extra 4400, an extra 5300, and an extra 1000. I guess they were considered so different from anything before them that the investment was justified. Some properties do this, others like NYCTA never have.
  4. More Bus Moves

    As far as can be determined, there has been only one 7900.
  5. More Bus Moves

    7900 appears to have become a "mechanics training bus", as has 4300.
  6. More Bus Moves

    Here is the official list. Note the oddity at 77th. Andre Bus Assignment 6-22-17.xlsx
  7. Supervisors/Bus radios

    The radio system does work, sort of. In my last year at CTA, actually was called on it once (1st time in 7 years).
  8. Coming Soon: Prepaid Boarding at Belmont/Blue WB only

    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.
  9. More Bus Moves

    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...
  10. More Bus Moves

    "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.
  11. Fairbanks/Ontario terminal

    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.
  12. 2600-series - Service Dates

    list of goners... Kristopans.FOIA.ResponsiveDoc.xlsx
  13. 2400-series - Service Dates

    2507-08, 2521-22 sold 12/17/15 to Chicagoland Speedway per CTA. Is 2423-24 a work car set?
  14. Random CTA

    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.
  15. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Note also on 2015 list 907 to Warren Barr. This is a nursing home outfit.
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