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Everything posted by artthouwill

  1. The fact that the cars are at Rosemont makes me think it may be possible that they may test in revenue service. That may depend on the consists. A four car consist would be non revenue service An 8 car consist may be revenue testing, but that also can test in nin revenue service for a few days first before testing in revenue service. I will try to look for the cars Monday
  2. I understand why CTA looked into electrics. For one. It is the future. Cars will eventually be electric. I'm not sure if the feds we're giving grants for agencies to try alternatives to diesel fuel. I do know private companies were getting tax credits for alternative fuels such as propane and cng. I do think going all electric will be a massive undertaking. I think they should have at least tested the aforementioned alternative fuels. Building special tanks for those buses at garages do have a cost and some garages are space constrained. But building charging stations all over town is
  3. I don't think surveying CTA drivers and mechanics is part of the bid review process. Most of the time, cost is the determining factor in who wins the bid, especially when federal funds are paying for the equipment. It's too bad CTA and Pace have radically different specs. In a perfect world, the RTA would put out RFPs for both agencies. Maybe New Flyer gets the bid for the 85 Pace buses at West AND the 600 bus order that Nova got from CTA. Then again, Nova could have won it all, but I think negotiating for two agencies may yield a better per bus cost. The only RTA order I remember
  4. The dip is definitely there. O was only saying I never experienced the bumpers hitting the ground there like I did at Forest Park where there's also a dip
  5. At Halsted Orange Line, I haven't experienced that with the New Flyers. I haven't been on a Nova on the 8 nor 44.
  6. Is that all 40ft buses or specific to Novas or New Flyer?
  7. When Pace West first got its New Flyers, I noticed that when buses were turning out of the Forest Park north terminal, it seemed like the bumper or something was hitting the ground. This never happened on any of the other models. I don't know if Pace did any repairs or drivers are more careful and slower turning out to go SB in Desplaines Ave, but the contact with the ground isn't happening anymore. Interesting enough, I have never rode any Nova on an LSD route. I suppose it's a good thing the city reconstructed the bridge over 47th otherwise the low floors buses .might have sustaine
  8. I wonder why they are running 4 car consists instead of 8?
  9. Let's look at the routes. Afams/Jackson 1 Bronzeville Union Station provides link between Union Station and the West Loop with the South Loop and Bronzeville. Once upon a time this service was provided by the 129 NW/Franklin but was eliminated due to duplicity 7 Harrison provides service from bear West Side , Medical District, and UIC to Michigan Ave. Serves Union Station 28 Stony Island links Union Station and South Michigan Ave to Balboa, then runs express to Hyde Park and the South side. Low ridership caused route to be reduced to rush hour only downtown. 1
  10. I don't think that reroute is temporary. Baxk in the day, the route was South Water (now Wacker Place), Wabash, and Wacker Drive. Wacker Pl isn't really too narrow to stage buses. If the intent was to use the end of Upper Wacker for a turnaround, the new high rise at the end of Wacker eliminated that option Keep in mind that residents will complain about exhaust i think this current routing works well and I actually think it's permanent.
  11. I would modify your idea. First, you can't eliminate 22 service north of Belmont as it is a very heavy route. You can still increase service south of Belmont by using another garage like C or K to run the service between Belmont and 35tg Red Line or increase Broadway service by reinstating the short turn service between Halsted and downtown with C or J provides that service that was once ran by Limits
  12. Maybe CTA should retrofit the 7900s with these windows. We may possibly see if there's an improvement in the a=c on those buses
  13. They did test on the Blue Line and you made it video I don't think they were testing for track issues or weight issues I would expect testing in revenue service on the Blue Lune Forest Park branch when the time comes i still believe the track issues will gave to be resolved before CTA assigns 7000s to the Blue Line
  14. I haven't had the chance to ride 8325 through 8349 yet. Is the a/c any better on those? I'm actually surprised that CTA would go with buses without hopper windows un case of weak a/c or a/c failure. I remember the 1000/7400/9000/9600 series fishbowls. The a/c failure got so bad CTA installed sliding windows to replace the sealed windows. They also stopped ordering buses with a/c until the 1993 Flxble 5300s. I noticed the 600 series Proterras also don't have hopper windows
  15. Still trying to find the exact GVR for the 7000s.
  16. The buses do have cameras, but those are internal. I get what you are saying, but generally something had to happen to trigger footage reviewing. Sometimes that is triggered when a vehicle makes unnatural actions such as hard braking, swerving vehicle contact with an object or vehicle . Someone with a phone is doing an external recording which could be used for anything. As citizens, there is some expectation to a right in privacy
  17. Xpress Paranoia Authority! Lol!
  18. If you are referring to the driver, it could be any number of reasons why she wouldn't want to be recorded. We don't know her personal life. She could have a stalker, an abusive relationship. She could be just doing her job. I've stated before that Greyhound doesn't permit videotaping of its buses without their prior approval That us hard to enforce when someone isn't in their property, but obviously once one is in property, it's a different story Theresa residual safety concerns from September 11th, 2001, and our transut agencies encourage people to report suspicious activity to
  19. That makes sense. I don't know for a fact, but I was under the impression that 53 would also be a route with electric buses with a charging statiin on the east end of the route at 63rd Street Beach.
  20. That is an interesting choice. However, it's not a long route. I'm not sure if all of those runs are pull in ms and outs, which would make the 54B an excellent choice for testing. I suppose that a midroute layover cou be added to the schedule at Midway Station but u don't really think it would happen. Are there any plans to add a charging station at Cermak and Kenton or 24th and Cicero? Otherwise, the 54B could either deadhead to and from C, or interline with the 54 for garage trips or interline with a round trip on the 66 . BTW, great video of the Proterra in the 66.
  21. Let me ask you this. Are you saying the 7000s are the same weight or lighter than the 5000s?
  22. I don't remember what date, but CTA ran a 4 car test train which i personally saw, on the Forest Park branch of the Blue line. I later found out the purpose of the test.
  23. With all 3209s, excluding the roifbiards, there aren't enough of them to service the Blue Line. Ir seems like the Brown Line still has some. As we discussed before, the Forest Park branch trackage is in horrible shape and currently can't handle the 5000s, let alone the even heavier 7000s. Heck, there's enough slow zones with the 2600s and 3200s now. If CRA didn't put any 5000s on the Red Line until the Dan Ryan leg was totally rebuilt, why would they send 5000s or 7000s to a dilapidated Blue,? It seems like the Blue will be last in line for new equipment
  24. I certainly understand your frustration. Here's hoping you won't let ONE PERSON chase you away from here. We welcome you here and feel free to respond to anything you see. You can also peruse through the threads you are reading that may offer some history or explanations. With time you will learn how to navigate the forum I say welcome to the forum
  25. That is yet to be seen. There are new features inside the bus, but I expect the exterior to resemble the 7900s or possibly 8325 through 8349.
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