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  1. True. In fact, the old-school seats such as the Freedman Angel and the American Seating (AMSECO) 6468 were eventually discontinued. At AMSECO, the default seat choice is now the InSight Classic (it was just called InSight when the CTA and Pace ordered the buses that they were installed in) - the same design as the ones in the current 30-foot Eldos and most of the 1000-series CTA New Flyers.
  2. The 30-footers were already ordered, so Pace had no choice but to accept delivery of them. It's where they will be assigned to that's in question. And many, if not most, of the routes to be eliminated are operated by third-party contractors - and most of the contractor-operated routes are under the axe. The few that are currently contracted out that will survive the proposed cuts, such as the 715, will probably be reassigned to operate out of a normal Pace garage (meaning that a Pace division will assume direct operation of those routes). However, that does not eliminate the possibility that these same routes might be contracted out to a third party again.
  3. It's still the type of vehicle. Not the location. However, the first iteration of the 5-digit numbering system dated back to when most 30- and 40-foot buses still used the old 4-digit numbering system. But with the diesel 40-foot buses now beginning to use the new 5-digit system, the Xcelsiors now use the xx400-numbering group that was previously reserved for community vehicles, while the next batch of community vehicles will begin using the xx200 group of numbers (for example, 21201). The 30-foot Eldos are expected to have their numbers start at 21300. Paratransits will continue to use the xx000 and xx100 blocks.
  4. These are not the exact same (or more specific, they are the same type but not the same numbers). The River Division garage itself has room for a few of those 40-footers - but no more than what it currently has (after accounting for the 30-footers that are also based at that garage). The ones that are currently at River proper are 6379, 6380, 6382-6385 and 6389-6391. 6381 is at Southwest while 6386-6388 are at North Shore. River did have a few of the regular 40-foot Eldos (6559-6563 and 6703-6706, with 6558 added later). But these were all reassigned to West after the transfer of the highway Eldos from South to River as South transitioned entirely to CNG buses. The East Dundee outstation division should have only 6377, 6378 and 6485-6509. None of those that are actually assigned to the East Dundee outstation were ever run on the 606, even on weekdays. And 606 runs are divided between River and Northwest during the day on weekdays and Saturdays, with all evening trips and all Sunday trips being run from Northwest.
  5. West did run routes as far northwest as Roselle (the 608) until that route (along with several other lesser-used routes) suspended service during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, early and late 608 trips were interlined with the 757 (another route whose service has been suspended during the pandemic). Midday, a single 40-footer stayed up northwest, in the Schaumburg-Roselle area, until the 757 ran its afternoon rush trips back towards Forest Park and Oak Park. The 230 is in a tough spot right now: Too high of a ridership to justify the downgrade to 30-footers or paratransit equipment, too low of a ridership to expand beyond its current service levels and schedule. In fact, NW had run two low-ridership routes that would be better served by either a third-party contractor such as MV Transportation Niles (using 30-foot buses) or a reservation-based On-Demand service (I am talking about the 241 and the 694) prior to the temporary suspension of service on those two routes during the pandemic (or, in the case of the 241, Pace could eliminate that route completely and partially replace the stronger parts of the route with the 240). And yes, in order to make daily operation at Wheeling worthwhile, Pace would have to add Sunday service to (at least) the 604. Currently, that route operates Monday through Saturday. The 234 did have Saturday service, but that had been eliminated a few years ago. So did the 696.
  6. I was only stating the possibility of NW closing on Sudays because of the current transit situation in the vicinity of that soon-to-be garage location. All of the NW routes that currently run on Sundays are located towards the far south of the service area, and moving the garage further north would only increase deadhead distances substantially. Thus, Pace would have to add Suday service to that area or create a new daily bus route in order to make it worthwhile.
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    Also, the 1790s that were at FG are now back at NP.
  8. When the Wheeling replacement garage opens, it will likely cause a shift in the bus route garage assignments. Some of the routes that are currently operated by the current Northwest Division (Des Plaines) will be shifted to the North Shore (Evanston), River (Elgin) and West (Melrose Park) Divisions; however, since the North Shore and River Division garages are currently closed on Sundays - and of those two, North Shore has only two Saturday routes (213 and most trips on the 215) to handle with all of its remaining routes operating only on weekdays, the routes that are currently handled by the Northwest Division that operate on Sundays will be mostly assumed by the Melrose Park (West) garage. The Sunday routes currently operated by Northwest are the Pulse Milwaukee line, the 208, 215, 223, 250, 270 and 290 and selected trips on the 606 (most weekday and Saturday trips on the 606 are operated out of Elgin). This assumes that the new Wheeling Garage will be closed on Sundays. However, it's too early to tell. Meanwhile, lesser-performing routes like the 209 and the 240 will be contracted out to MV Transportation's Niles facility when the Wheeling garage opens. The 694 and 696, idle since May, may be discontinued as fixed routes and replaced by a new On-Demand call-ahead bus service. And a major part of the reason for Pace leaving Des Plaines is that the land that surrounds that garage had been sold to developers, who have since built condominiums and apartments in that land.
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    Slowly but surely, within a matter of months enough 3200s will be assigned to the Blue Line to cover base service on that line, while 2600s are to be used as ridership warrants (usually during the daytime and early evening hours).
  10. This past Tuesday I took my first rides on the Pace Xcelsiors. The video displays on the left-hand side were all turned on on all three of the buses that I rode. I don't remember the numbers of the exact buses that I rode, but I rode on a southbound 330, a westbound 322 and a northbound 332 on Xcelsiors. My eastbound 322 ride was on the still-more-common Axess.
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    Today it's back at C, running on the 53.
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    Yes. It was part of a group of mid-1500s that were transferred from FG to 74th a few weeks ago. 1552-1557, to be exact. At around the same time, 74th also received 1564-1573 and 1575-1577 from 77th, and 1578 and 1579 from K. For some inexplicable reason 1558-1561 and 1574 remain at FG.
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    These last few days, Cermak Road has a few artics mixed in with the route's usual 40-footers. Roosevelt Road is mostly artic, even on weekdays.
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    That bus came out of South Shops. Its assignment on the #9 may be temporary. With more 6400s coming back from hold, it is not surprising that FG started to lose some of its "borrowed" 1000s. For example, 1225 was sent back to 77th.
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    So did 6805. In fact, K had only six 6400s prior to this weekend. K ended up getting possibly 1753-1758 (of which 1755 was confirmed).
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