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  1. Bus Spring Pick 2018

    Also reduces pay hours. When all runs on a street work only that street you inevitably have "pay for doing nothing" on some runs. Interlining is not new either. In the 1930's Broadway-State and 79th were interlined because one round on 36 was 6 hours and two was 12, and by having crews work half day on 36 and other half on 79 made most runs about 8 hours.
  2. More Bus Moves

    Latest official info. Note something very interesting - 8325-8349 ARE expected late 2018! Also, 804 is last 40-foot hybrid among the living. cta bus 010418.pdf
  3. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    FYI 0600-1000 at Belmont SB: 9/17 run pick 40 135's (17 from Wilson) - between 0730 and 0815 every FIFTH from Wilson, 3 min headway 37 146's (19 from Berwyn, 9 from Foster before 0900, 8 from Irving Park after 0900, no IPk starts before 0900 or after 1000. 4-5 min headway. 23 136's at Irving same hours, 5 from Bryn Mawr, rest from Devon. 6-7 min headway 34 148's all from Foster 4min headway. By comparison, 134 - 42 trips on 3 min headway 143 - 27 trips on 3-6 min headway Shows there is substantially more LaSalle business south of Irving Park (and even south of Belmont) than Michigan, but much less LaSalle and more Michigan from north of there
  4. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    What I am saying is that over time expectations are being reduced. A hundred years ago, you were expected to think. If you didn't or couldn't, you didn't survive. Now, everything is being dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Ever look at CTA's very first map, in 1947? A very different expectation was at work. It was very accurate geographically, but not very good on specifics. You had to figure out a lot of things yourself. It of course helped that almost all routes ran 5am-1am daily, and the vast majority were 24 hour, but you still had to find out, by trial and error, which did not. Which is exactly what people did. And a lot more did than seem to be able to figure out today's much more "simplified" and "customer friendly" map.
  5. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    If you look at State St south of 95th midday, there is a solid line of parked cars ne4xt to the park sometimes all the way to 99th. This is mostly park-n-ride. A parking deck at 95th would be full every day. Yes, a bit of a hassle off the Ford, much less off I-57. But correcting that would be quite expensive, I'm afraid.
  6. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    In recent times 2 out of 3 135's start at Irving Park in AM, and about that for 146. Until 1977, there was only 153-Wilson/Michigan Express between Grace and Belmont. But remember too the demographics in that are have changed TREMENDOUSLY in the last 40 years. In 1970's it was mostly retirees, and as soon as you went past Pine Grove, it was mostly lower middle class office drones that would go over to the L. There wasn't a heck of a lot of rush hour business. In fact, Addison Limited made only a single stop south of Addison, at Roscoe, before getting on the Drive. Also, until the early 70's the north end of the North-South L was the light end, and the south end was what determined the service needs.
  7. Grande West Transportation Vicinity Bus

    Grande West is an outfit from near Vancouver BC. They have been fairly successful in selling their buses, mostly in western Canada, a few here and a few there. Their plan seems to be to get into the BC bus fleets, as BC Transit (rest of BC) has a history of buying oddball buses, such as the biggest North American fleet of Dennis Darts, and Trident double deckers
  8. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    Who actually started the color-coding? Boston was an early user - with Green (light rail), Red, Orange, Blue, Purple (commuter). New York tried as early as 1960's with a color for each line, but that was way too complex and in about 1980 went to a color for each Manhattan trunk. Atlanta is kind of odd with Red and Gold for N-S and Blue and Green for E-W. But basically, doesn't it seem like in the late 20th century expectations of what the public can comprehend dropped? For many years you were expected to read and think. Now it seems you can only be expected to have an almost Pavlovian response of Red = my train, Brown or Purple = not my train. Notice also the major train wrecks in recent years in almost all cases involved humans making basic simple mistakes, such as engineers forgetting where they are and conductor forgetting to line the switch back for the main line? Can't trust people to think any more, can we?
  9. New Eldorados?

    Arlington Hts definitely decides who gets what. Sometimes you wonder why certain buses end up where they do, but I'm sure somebody has a reason in mind, and it isn't at garage level.
  10. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    The real AM rush hour overloading is on 135. SB in AM many are loaded to capacity by Waveland. If you live along LSD or Broadway in that area and are going downtown, of course a 135 (for LaSalle St) or 146 (for Michigan Ave) is faster than finding your way over to the Red Line.
  11. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    The L has been getting progressively slower for decades. When cab signals were activated in 1974-75 things really started slowing down. Before, the normal practice was to be at about the proper speed just as you entered the curve, and start speeding up as soon as most of the train was out of it. Now, the cab signal forces you to run slow through the entire zone, regardless of train length, and most zones are set up so that if you don't slow down when the cab signal says to, you will be stopped before you hit the curve. As a result, most curve zones are quite long. Eliminating skip-stop was part of CTA's long-term plan to reduce number of trains (and train drivers). North-South used to be four cars midday, West-Northwest, Lake-Dan Ryan and Ravenswood two. Now every line is max length all day. Number of cars required is about the same, but number of trains is way down from 30 years ago.
  12. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    Rush hour is when the L matters. SB in AM and NB in PM on LSD is SLOOW. Midday a car (or the ODX) could ALWAYS beat the L, especially if the destination is North Michigan Ave.
  13. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    I always heard the Alton was a tenant, not an owner.
  14. 4 car Yellow Line train

    All L cars have "isolation switches" where control of doors ends at that car. Does not affect propulsion, just door control.
  15. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    This is what currently exists. "f" means believed still active, "s" means believed at South Shops. I am quite certain all actual removals are accounted for. Are there still two iron workers buses? If so, what is WB1 these days? Last know one (6438) went to Sims in 2016. 6400.docx