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Everything posted by andrethebusman

  1. You bet NFIL wants that order. There won't be many more once the current batch of grants are done.
  2. What is happening is more that a lot of artics being used for rush hour express trippers are going into all-day service on local routes. More standard buses will now be used rush only.
  3. Cities that run artics on local routes have very slow schedules on those routes. Under current riding levels, dwell times lot less of an issue. If riding picks up (and there is a lot of reason to believe that will be a long time), artics will have to be redeployed again.
  4. 146 will be at "normal service levels" only midday. Rush is severely cut. LaSalle local about 10 min in rush, 135 about same. Anything going downtown cut in the rush.
  5. 60 will have to detour via 31st. In retrospect, rather stupid idea.
  6. CTA calls what a bus does from pullout to pullin a "train". Can have multiple drivers during that time. RAD is "run as directed" - no schedule, operate on supervisor instructions. On 9 and 63 these are "second sections" closely following a regular run to spread the load.
  7. Chicago getting artics for 20,53,54. Kedzie artics on 12,151 only, North Park artics on 147,151 only, 103rd artics on 6,14,71,192. 147,151 artics on all-day trains only. 9 and 63 will have RAD extras as 74th can't handle artics. LaSalle and Sheridan severe headway increases, otherwise only minor headway changes, no hours changes.
  8. Now there is Uber Freight - basically Uber acting as freight broker, connecting loads with independent truckers. We are seeing Uber getting into what is essentially jitney operation, routes run by individual independent operators with different operators from day to day. Chaotic to be sure, but I suppose the way of the future. Transportation gig work.
  9. This I will dispute. 53 NEVER went past 31st. Lived on route 1959 to 2001. Surely would have noticed. Pulaski has had zero route changes for almost 60 years now, Peterson to 31st.
  10. 53 never ran south of 31st. 52 was cut to Orange from 51st/St Louis and 52A from 43rd. The squawk was to service from south of 49th to Archer, so 52 got extended to 63rd to replace the alternate 52A 49th to 63rd trips. When Orange opened there were many totally unnecessary changes made because of Lipinski that were not fixed until the 19 90s cutbacks.
  11. Anyone seen a WB-1 or WB-2 lately? What former numbers at last report? Should be 3rd set by now.
  12. Departures 2019: 6440,6454,6465,6478,6493,6505,6506,6538,6578,6602,6619,6637,6729,6743,6754,6796,6797,6815,6828,6830,6855,6857,6872,6881 2-3/2019 6428,6430,6433,6481,6483,6489,6490,6502,6508,6511,6512,6566,6608,6642,6650,6654,6719,6740,6753,6777,6788,6852 4-5/2019 6403,6415,6422,6436,6437,6504,6517,6521,6526,6528,6529,6550,6551,6555,6669,6785,6804,6879 3-4/2019 6407,6423,6426,6427,6471,6496,6501,6514,6520,6572,6688,6708,6752,6760,6762,6766,6840,6853,6864,6876,6883 6/2019 All to Sims Metal Management - 85 total. No removals since June 27th.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. This might be CTA specs, but I have serious doubts its a CTA bus. Where is this anyway? Looks very demo to me.
  17. 56A also replaced 19 via Devon-Ozanam-Ozark to NW Hey. Most of that territory was eventually taken over by 88 and 209.
  18. 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.
  19. Now let's see if CNW gets in on the act? Or for that matter, GM&O or Wabash?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. There has been stuff on legal hold at S Shops for OVER A DECADE
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