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  1. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    CTA always considered 8A (42B) to connect with 79/Red. In the 1960's the standard for connecting was two city blocks, so 74 Fullerton was a legitimate connection to the L at old Logan Square.
  2. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    About 2016 they took one of the ex 9400 training buses that had been out back and brought it over to the shop area. Nothing came of that, possibly because it had a bad engine. But there was at least a thought to have a 5307 historical bus.
  3. Random CTA

    There are things stowed away at West Shop that hardly ever see the light of day...
  4. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    8A is considered to connect with Red at 79th. 26 connects downtown. Non-rush 28 does not, rush does. 171, 172, 111A no rail connections.
  5. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    If you mean 4323, it's a goner for sure. 8 800's and 905 there. Those Flx's might be there 20 years... See any work buses? Should still be several 5307's, a 3700, maybe something else also?
  6. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    Vegas has 100% driver operated doors. Cameras let driver see what is going on at rear door (s). Schedule keeping is not a problem as schedules are VERY slow to begin with, with buses frequently sitting 2-3 minutes at time points. Wright Street Cars are indeed artics. They have no farebox and no way to install one, so they are only used on the Strip Express which is pre-pay only. Used to be also used on Boulder Hwy and N Las Vegas Blvd when they were pre-pay routes, but no longer. 60 of them are way more than Strip Express needs, but there is nowhere else to use them.
  7. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Old 82 started in 1930 between Peterson and Lawrence, extended to Logan Square in 1934 when street built Addison to Diversey. Old 82A started 1941 Wrightwood to 26th. Kedzie north of Milwaukee was streetcar, to thru bus 1949. N California started 1946, thru routed 1956.
  8. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    Just to tell you guys how other cities use artics, in Las Vegas they are used at random, as most runs do trips on multiple routes, so you are liable to see artics anywhere except on the Strip, which is all double deck and wright streetcars.
  9. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    111A shuttle to 103rd gar as of 4/2. Finally becoming useful.
  10. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Ogden had transit service for over 100 years. Ogden used to be a major commercial street, solid storefronts. That all went away in the 1950's-60's. Ogden is mostly vacant lots and a few abandoned buildings west of Douglas Park. Service was cut and cut in the 70's and 80's because the buses were almost totally empty. Finally it was given up on as hopeless. Elston was the same way. Once the industries along Elston closed, service shrank to nothing. Remember that the last major new territory CTA extended bus service to was around Higgins and East River, and that was back in 1973. Everything since has been minor or subsidised.
  11. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Ogden had transit service for over 100 years. Ogden used to be a major commercial street, solid storefronts. That all went away in the 1950's-60's. Ogden is mostly vacant lots and a few abandoned buildings west of Douglas Park. Service was cut and cut in the 70's and 80's because the buses were almost totally empty. Finally it was given up on as hopeless. Elston was the same way. Once the industries along Elston closed, service shrank to nothing. Remember that the last major new territory CTA extended bus service to was around Higgins and East River, and that was back in 1973. Everything since has been minor or subsidised.
  12. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Ogden had transit service for over 100 years. Ogden used to be a major commercial street, solid storefronts. That all went away in the 1950's-60's. Ogden is mostly vacant lots and a few abandoned buildings west of Douglas Park. Service was cut and cut in the 70's and 80's because the buses were almost totally empty. Finally it was given up on as hopeless. Elston was the same way. Once the industries along Elston closed, service shrank to nothing. Remember that the last major new territory CTA extended bus service to was around Higgins and East River, and that was back in 1973. Everything since has been minor or subsidised.
  13. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Ogden had transit service for over 100 years. Ogden used to be a major commercial street, solid storefronts. That all went away in the 1950's-60's. Ogden is mostly vacant lots and a few abandoned buildings west of Douglas Park. Service was cut and cut in the 70's and 80's because the buses were almost totally empty. Finally it was given up on as hopeless. Elston was the same way. Once the industries along Elston closed, service shrank to nothing. Remember that the last major new territory CTA extended bus service to was around Higgins and East River, and that was back in 1973. Everything since has been minor or subsidised.
  14. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Marquette had buses for many years. Originally Stony Island to St Louis, after 1941 downtown to St Louis via Michigan-Garfield-Loomis-Marquette, after 1953 Loomis/63 to Kostner. Ended early 90's.
  15. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Back circa early-50's 44 and the old 15-Canal/Wacker were going to be thru-routed. Signs were installed on buses (there were RACINE-CANAL-WACKER side signs until 1969), and even transfers were printed. But at the last moment cancelled.
  16. Random CTA

    Remember when lightning pretty much dismantled Medical Station on the Blue Line about a year ago? A station is very much grounded and can become a lightning target.
  17. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    If 8346 has not been seen, are we sure it made it here to begin with?
  18. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Worked 34 owls quite often. Never had any serious problems. FG main problems much more traffic. Absolutely loved 29 late PM. Quiet, fast line. Only problem tourists going to Pier who don't know nothin. NP was a bear. (moved about a lot).
  19. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Wasn't 215 the one that did a nice somersault in KY last year?
  20. Brown line Flyover breaking ground

    Right now looks to be "preliminaries" only such as utility relocations, demolition. "'Construction" implies adding new things. Some buildings need to come down, power lines moved per CTA construction update.
  21. New Pace Paratransit Vehicles

    Only 28 18000's
  22. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Perception is everything. Back in 1982 when I was living in New York, the newest buses were brand-new RTS's with hard plastic seats. One day instead we got an elderly 1964 fishbowl that had upholstered seats as it had been a Staten Island Express bus, but had now been degraded to an unassigned "shop spare". Now most people by then in New York had never seen a bus with upholstered seats, and two behind me were saying how nice it was to get a new bus with such nice seats. Most people have no concept as to how old a bus they are getting on is. A more comfortable but much older bus is seen as an improvement.
  23. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I wonder is 8236-8247 to 103rd for a couple of days was some kind of error that was caught and reversed. Otherwise this simply does not make much sense. Maybe 8325-8342 were supposed to go there to begin with, and somebody at 567 got the transfer orders messed up?
  24. Random CTA

    Run number groups have not changed for several years now
  25. More Bus Moves

    4167 awaiting afr. This was the wreck at Michigan-Lake, likely frame damage from hitting wall. 1342 burned a few months back.
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