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Everything posted by artthouwill

  1. 5000-series - Updates

    The odd numbered car is the lower numbered car. So 5148 would be paired with 5147.
  2. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    My understanding is that the order is for 45 Proterras. Hat means nearly half will go to C and the rest to 74th. Most likely the routes they will run will be 63 63rd and 66 Chicago.
  3. New Eldorados?

    Last night I saw an Eldorado on Pace 310 departing Forest Park Blue Line station. I wasn't close enough to see the bus number on it so I don't know if it was a new bus or transfer from another garage, but I was surprised to see an Eldorado out there. Have the 58 new Eldorados started arriving?
  4. New Eldorados?

    The BRT version comes in 32ft and 35ft models.
  5. 2600-series - Service Dates

    Yes it is the air conditioner. The noise you hear is the condenser motor.
  6. More Bus Moves

    IRS best to keep 6409s on short and light routes and if necessary rush hour trips.
  7. Random CTA

    When Archer closed, the 35 and 39 were assigned to 77th. The thinking then was driver reliefs at the Six 35th Red Line station. I believe the reasons for switching to K were twofold. First, the extension of the 35 to Cicero made deadheads very long and secondly, K provides a direct driver relief for both routes at Kedzie on their respective routes. 77th drivers had to bus or walk to the Red Line and ride the train to 35th.
  8. What's Left for Pace's NABI LFW 6162s/ 6600s?

  9. Random CTA

    When did that change? Initially it came out of 77th as the two buses used for the route came from the a.m runs of the 1 Bronzeville/Union.. Perhaps the thinking now is that 35 and 39 come from K, why not the 31? Maybe the 31 could interline with the 35.
  10. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    The X54 use to go Jeff Pk. How did that routing go?
  11. CDL Training

    The other thing is that those applying for licenses to drive for school buses have to submit to background checks including fingerprints. IIRC, any CDL driver that operates a charter for a school in Illinois must go through this process.
  12. More Bus Moves

    Who said K was getting Novas? Based on one bus spotted at that garage?
  13. Pace 35th Anniversary Legacy Fleet

    Interesting that Pace Northwest and Southwest chose to wrap a 30' bus instead of a 40'. Maybe Pace West will wrap a NABI?
  14. Pace New Flyer buses

    And I forgot to mention year round bad suspensions.
  15. Pace New Flyer buses

    I guess we have to suffer one more summer with NABI buses with no a/c and one more winter with no heat.
  16. Pace 35th Anniversary Legacy Fleet

    Looking forward to Pace South, SW, West and NW wraps. Sad that the RTA wrap is way out in No Man's Land!
  17. Pace New Flyer buses

    I don't remember which board member asked what garage was getting the NFs, but apparently they were satisfied that another unnamed garage could get a handful rather than all 75 going to West.
  18. What's Left for Pace's NABI LFW 6162s/ 6600s?

    What's your source? I couldn't find anything on Pace nor New Flyer websites.
  19. Random CTA

    He could've been doing a road test with the bus after repairs or he could've been swapping out with another 77th bus downtown.
  20. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    I think the ME needs to be seriously evaluated. I would propose no off peak service on the South Chicago branch and no off peak service between 111th and 63rd ( unless covered by the mainline trains as flag stops). Next I would look at the rush trains on the main line to see if there are any trains that could be combined. Then I would go back to the rush Blue Island and South Chicago trains and change each line's head ways from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. With alternating trains, Hyde Park stations would get 15 minute frequencies. The ME is the Metra line with the largest loss of ridership even factoring in Metea's claim of increased ridership at the Hyde Park stations, which compete with the CTA express routes. While Metra is obligated to serve the South Suburbs, it is not obligated to serve as many South Side stations as it does.
  21. Random Metra

    KYD stands for Kensington Yard. It is located about 1 mile south of the Kensington station on the ME, starting around 121st to near 127th, west of the mainline tracks.
  22. 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.
  23. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    Infills are stations that will be built between two existing stations. If it is expected to be a huge draw, it would be fully built, but most of the time that won't be the case.
  24. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    I read your link. The infill stations aren't related to low performing stations.
  25. Random CTA

    128 is the Soldier Field Express. I guess it depends on the event. Maybe this was a small enough event to be handled by 40 ft buses. I'm sure during Bears game days K is providing artics for those.