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Everything posted by artthouwill

  1. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Did a little research. Supposedly they want to have 2 express lanes from Manheim to Racine. Buses and cars with 3+ passengers could use those express lanes for free and everyone else would have to pay a toll to use them. This concept of "managed tolls" was also supposed to be on the Stevenson, but as usual, there are no funds. Your comment about Express service makes perfect sense. That explains the extra wide r.o.w in the middle of the Ike between Halsted and Kedzie and maybe even the extra portal into the subway east of Halsted.
  2. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Great video. The narrator correctly identified the cars as Metra, but incorrectly said it was from Mexico.
  3. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    To add to that, there was talk about extending the Blue Line westward to Manheim. To me, there's no room anywhere on the Ike past Forest Park to do that. I think there's a path north of the Expressway that could have potential for that. Another plan touted covering the Ike through Oak Park. I suppose if you could put the Blue Line on elevated structure on top of that, that could help. Just how much that would cost seems extreme. I actually thought the Feds approved a project for the Ike but I can't seem to find it.
  4. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    I think part of the delay is waiting for IDOT to decide on when and how to reconstruct the Eisenhower. CTA doesn't want to do major work, then the State comes along and forces CTA to RIP their work up and redo it. They want to coordinate with the State. Truth be told, the Forest Park branch needs a complete rebuild like the Dan Ryan branch got a few years ago. But until the State comes up with a plan for the Ike, it will have to wait.
  5. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    It also serves Harlen High School and Corliss High School.
  6. News: Metra to explore buying 200+ cars

    We'll see. Even if they only modify the current design similar to the South shore Highliners, that would be an improvement. Metra should"ve adopted that for the ME if for no other reason than the old Highliners proved the faster boarding that the first new set of Highliners couldn't.
  7. March 2019 Bus Changes

    I understand. But you could still have the problem I mentioned earlier concerning the RR crossing at Archer/Kilpatrick. Those freight trains will wreck havoc.
  8. March 2019 Bus Changes

    No need to increase 62H service with the 55N within shooting distance.
  9. March 2019 Bus Changes

    The 62 will still have thru trips to Harlem. But the shorter trips now dont havr to contend with the RR crossing near Archer_Kilpatrick which currently can kill all trips. I suppose the the 47 extension as well as the short turn 62s could be related to a possible sale of the Cocero/Archer turnaround.
  10. Random CTA

    Possibly. Seemingly redundant in that the Orange Line can handle that during those times.
  11. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Yes it is. But reread your original post. You said 77th and EWING, which would be in Lake Michigan Lol!
  12. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    77th and Ewing is dead in the water. As in Lake Michigan water.
  13. Spring 2019 Rail Pick April 28th

    Owl service is SCHEDULED to run every 15 minutes, delays and abnormalities notwithstanding.
  14. Recently Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposes an 8.5 billion dollar plan to expand the airport. Among the items is a rebuilt Terminal 2 which would become the New International Terminal, additional gates and a new satellite concourse. Not in the mix is a western access to the airport and no new terminal with that. American Airlines is balking because United will be getting 5 additional gates in this deal. Up to mow, United and/or American could veto nearly any proposal not to their liking. For instance, they have vetoed a new western terminal because all the benefits would go to other airlines not named United or American. They are the 2 largest and most dominant carriers at ORD. They pay the most fees also. If approved, the project could be completed as early as 2026.
  15. Spring 2019 Rail Pick April 28th

    The trains run every 15 minutes between 1 and 4 am.
  16. Spring 2019 Rail Pick April 28th

    I will be sad. This could be the last time we see Howard - Ashland/63 service ever.
  17. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Rainy day at ORD. Sighted an Aries Gilling running the All Terminals Shuttle along with the ones operated by Delaware. Didn't spot any test trains today. The Pace buses are still terminating at the ATS station in the E Lot. I talked to a driver operating the Car Rental Shuttles. He said their contract ends at the end of October. The west portion of the E Lot is completely fenced off, drastically reducing parking in that lot. What are they going to do with that space?
  18. Spring 2019 Rail Pick April 28th

    When does the pick get implemented?
  19. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    1. The 44 used to run downtown until the Orange Line opened. 2. Redundant with Cottage Grove 1/2 mile west and the 6 and 28 5/8 mile to the east, not to mention the 2 intersects Woodlawn at Hyde Park Blvd. 3. The 41 couldn't garner ridership which is why it was eliminated in the first place. Plus this would only crowd the Belmont Blue Line Terminal, not giving the 77 any relief.. 4. The CTA is not a suburban service . Dodge had the 93, Oakton has the 97, Dempster has the 250. The 11 had low ridership south of Western Brown Line which is why it was eliminated TWICE.
  20. Random CTA

    The 4 used to say 94th because of the turnaround at Burnside, which is between 94th and 95th, north of the railroad viaduct. This was before the extension to Chicago State University.
  21. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    As far as the U of C routes go, they are still public routes. The students may not have to pay fares, but anyone can ride provided they pay a fare. Thus those routes need fare boxes if for no other reason than to tally how many students ride each route.
  22. Random CTA

    Well the 12 now goes to Centraal and Harrison via Central. The 65 and 74 terminal is east of Neva and almost a block from Harlem. At one time, the 90 terminated there also, so the Harlem sign made sense in that you could connect from the 65 and 74 to the 90 at the bus turnaround. Since the 90's southern terminal was extended to the Harrlem Green Line, the aforementioned connection now requires a walk.
  23. Random CTA

    Remember it really is supplemental and its primarily for the benefit of maintaining Howard frequency. However, p.m. service FROM Ashland/63 is every 6 minutes as is p.m. peak service from 95th. The alternating trains arriving at Roosevelt produce 3 minute intervals going to Howard. The 18 minute p.m. service frequency to Ashland/63 is complemented by the Reds that are laid up midday in Loomis Yard.
  24. Random CTA

    Before 1969, it was only Loomis/63 and Stony Island/63 service. The SSM lost riders to the new Dan Ryan service, one seat express bus ridership along Jeffery Blvd, White flight in Englewood, West Englewood, and Marquette Park, and competing bus service along King Drive and Cottage Grove. Also there was the list of employment and population on the south side, particularly along the now Green Line route. Some have advocated abolishing the south side Green Line, but without it, the south Side Red doesn't get rebuilt in a timely fashion, the groundwork for the 130th extension doesn't happen without serious effects on south side Red Line service . While not the busiest line, South Side Green Line gives CTA operational flexibility.
  25. Random CTA

    Actually service is NOT reduced. If you read the notices, peak direction service from 95th in the a.m. and to 95th in the p.m. is UNCHANGED. While those peak services are at 5 minute intervals, from Howard a.m. trips and to Howard p.m. trips are at 2 to 3 minute intervals. Since 98th Yard and 95th station can't accommodate that many trains, the off peak end or beginning means some trains that normally go to or from 95th go to Ashland/63 instead so that peak direction Howard service remains unaffected. Also that notice states that during the p.m. rush, some additional SB trains will run between Howard and Ashland/63 so 95th bound passengers don't lose service, but CTA can run enough trains south to maintain the higher frequencies northbound.. If service becomes unreliable, it's not due to the Ashland/63 trains. I've seen those type of delays BEFORE Ashland/63 service was implemented. As I've stated before, passengers from 63rd northward can use the Ashland/63 service and still transfer to any east west bus route they normally use on the Dan Ryan except 51st St. And if one lives near Halsted or Ashland between 63rd and 79th. Ashland/6 service is an option too. But some people don't appreciate improved service or viable options. People are creatures of habit and can't or don't want to change.