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artthouwill last won the day on December 29 2017

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  1. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    I can't say for Howard, but there's a big difference along Austin separating Chicago from Oak Park.
  2. Watch this

    Unless that pick has weekends off, I don't see a senior driver picking an extra board pick. Extra boards are usually non picks, I e vacation and fill ins
  3. Watch this

    I believe that a driver would still need to ask the dispatcher for her paperwork and assigned bus even if he or she has an assigned run. Nowadays there aren't any transfers, but there are probably still pre trip inspection forms. As far as her seniority, some drivers may pick them to get weekends off and get split differential pay. Or the more likely scenario is that FG is full of senior drivers and this lady who could possibly get a better shift at 77th chooses a less desirable shift to stay at FG, possibly closer to her home and much safer.
  4. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    One would think after 18 months, they could decide whether to make permanent, cut, or tweak the experiment.
  5. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    How long does an experiment last?
  6. 2018 Historical Calendar Is Available

    I actually remember the Flxble propane at 69th into the early 1970s, along with the 100s and 300s GMC fishbowls. I even remember riding bus 804, an air conditioned GMC fishbowl on 63rd.
  7. Pace Roster

    Sure is. Out on 330 yesterday. Great heat and horrible suspension.
  8. CTA Rail Service Alerts

    Glad I opted for the Green Line last night.
  9. Random CTA

    Hegewisch is a community on the far southeasternmost corner of the city. It's eastern border is Hammond, Indiana. The Hegewisch station is near 137th and Brainerd Ave. Brainerd starts at 130th just east of Torrance and runs southeast parallel to the NICTD tracks. Past Burnham Ave, it runs through Burnham Illinois before turning east into Hammond, becoming Gostlin. 134th St runs through Hegewisch into zHammond. The 30 S Chicago runs through the community and ends/begins trips at the Hegewisch Metra (South Shore/NICTD) station.
  10. Pace Roster

    Those 6600 series NABIs won't go away. 6672 was out on 301 yesterday.
  11. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Also of note: When the 14 first started, it ran WB on Washington and EB on Madison, as those streets had reverse flow bus lanes. Also when the route first started service, there weren't any destination signs for the then new route. NB buses simply had the NW Station generic roll sign and SB buses had a blank sign. Drivers would put paper in the windshield with 14 handwritten on it. Initial hours of service were 6 to a.m NB from 100th and p.m SB 4 to 6 from ME Station. Southbound riders ad to pay a 25 Cents express surcharge (as did most express bus riders did from downtown). This route was originally operated from the 52nd/Cottage Grove garage with mostly 40 ft buses. When 52nd closed and the route shifted to 77th garage, it became mostly attics.
  12. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    Basically the 14is the same. Originally the South terminal was 100th and Yates, which had been the 6 Jeffery Express terminal. When the 5 Jeffery was eliminated, the 6 extended to the 5(s former terminus at 103rd andTorrence. When the 103rd garage opened, both the 6 and14 were extended to the garage at 103rd and Stony Island. Busjack mentioned the 2003 restructure when the 15 replaced the 6 South of 67th.
  13. ATS O'Hare

    The extension is only a 1/2 mile from the current terminal. That amounts to one or two extra trains at most unless you condense headway to every 2 minutes.
  14. ATS O'Hare

    Usually they run 5 two car sets or 4 three car sets. Since all of the ATS stations can only berth 3 cars maximum, I can only imagine them running a maximum of 6 three car set's or 18 cars once the expansion takes place, assuming 4 minute intervals. I would imagine 6 to 9 cars available as spares.
  15. CTA Rail Service Alerts

    Why not bypass 47th in both directions and have shuttle buses run between 35th and 47th and between Garfield and 47th. Also suggest the Green Line as an alternate. As far as turnbacks, running a limited amount of trains south of 35th would be political suicide. The North side keeps its high frequency while the South side sees limited and crowded service.