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Everything posted by RJL6000

  1. Pace New Flyer buses

    In another thread about the 2003 NABIs I had posted that "NFI might have been the only bidder". I was wrong there. There were three bidders (the other two were unnamed at the board meeting). I was correct in that the bulk of the NFI order will go to West and a few may go to one of the other garages (mainly on the north and/or northwest sides of the city).
  2. More than likely West. But there is a fairly remote chance that North Shore, Northwest or River might receive a few (though Northwest is less likely as they currently have too many newer buses)..
  3. That came during the monthly Pace board meeting. I saw the listing on the Pace Web site. So, the XD40's will arrive beginning sometime next year. This will satisfy the 40-foot portion of the latest bidding. (And I was surprised that NFI got the bid over "ElDorko" or even Nova Bus for the 40-footers; in fact, NFI might have been the only bidder there.) And if they get initially assigned to West, then I would expect to see them on a few routes that serve the northwest suburbs (I live in Mount Prospect now), such as the #303, #332, #608 and #757. That leaves the 30-foot portion of a potentially large order of buses for Pace yet to be awarded. (And I know that "ElDorko" is one of the very few North American bus manufacturers left that still manufactures a 30-foot heavy-duty bus; most of the other companies start off at 35 feet long.)
  4. More Bus Moves

    That was only a temporary loan. Today it was back at NP.
  5. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Yes. Hanover Displays' Monochrome destination signs instead of the Luminator Horizon signs that have been in most of the recent CTA buses.
  6. More Bus Moves

    That's not a loan, Three buses - 1836, 1837 and 1838, were (officially) transferred from Chicago to Kedzie the weekend of December 14-15, 2018.
  7. 2200-series - Service Dates

    Correction: The IRM cars are #2243-2244, not #2347-2348. Cars #2347 and #2348 are now at two different places, where they have been converted to other uses.
  8. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Necroing an old post, unless it is relevant to the more recent posts in the same thread or another thread, is just poor Web etiquette. The most recent posts in this thread has more to do with buses that remain in service. But 6441 and nearly all of the other early 6400s were retired from revenue service a couple of years ago, so that necroing became irrelevant to the current discussion.
  9. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    That confirmed what I stated above. Note the run number in the box beginning with "A", and the "A" on the windshield sticker.
  10. Pace 2019 Budget

    And the reason why it was eliminated was not just due to low ridership, but it was deemed too close (distance-wise) to the higher-ridership #302. The very same reason is why route #304 is now being eliminated.
  11. Pace 2019 Budget

    Seems convenient, but the major reason it was killed off or never fully implemented is the extremely low actual ridership levels. After all, it costs an astronomical amount of money to implement such a route only to see fewer than 10 people take it on an average weekday. So, you can't implement a route without the heavy ridership prediction that is needed to sustain continued service along that route.
  12. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Archer Garage closed on February 7, 2010, with the Novas that were assigned there redistributed to Chicago, Forest Glen, 77th, North Park and 74th at that time. It was demolished four years later. Retail space today occupies the site.
  13. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Actually, Kedzie never had been officially assigned these Novas. During the time that the #21 ran primarily Novas, that route (along with the #60) were assigned to the now-defunct Archer Garage, not Kedzie.
  14. CTA 'L' Rosters

    By the end of this month, the Blue Line will run both series of cars in regular service, while it is looking more like the Orange Line will be equipped entirely with 2600s. The Brown Line will continue to operate primarily 3200s, with its assigned 2600s only operating during weekday rush periods and other times when that line needs to operate more cars.
  15. 3200-series - Rehabs

    They were on the Brown
  16. CTA 'L' Rosters

    I took a good look at a 3400 on that page, and it wasn't 3423 or 3424. It was actually 3411-3412. And among the 2600s that had those stickers for signs was pair 2667-2668.
  17. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Overnights and on some weekend days.
  18. CTA 'L' Rosters

    The 3200s now on the Blue Line may not be in continguous blocks. Today I was in car 3279 of an 8-car Forest Park-bound train made up of 3270s, which were (listed in numerical order) 3271-3272, 3273-3274, 3277-3278 and 3279-3280. And for the first few weeks (at least) of 3200-series operation on the Blue Line, the 3200s will all operate as solid four- or eight-car trains, in order to work out any bugs that the Blue Line operators may encounter.
  19. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Racine on the Forest Park (Congress) portion of the Blue Line. By the way, the 100 or so 3200s will be phased into service on the line on a weekly basis, two 8-car trains at a time.
  20. More Bus Moves

    1380-86 are still at C for the moment.
  21. New Eldorados?

    And with all of the "customizations" that Pace requested, it is very possible that there will be no bids at all for this contract. (The bidding must run it's course, of course.)
  22. Bringing Back a Route and/or Segment

    The change is planned to occur sometime in the fall of next year. The stretch of Howard that will be vacated by the shortened 215 will be served by an expanded Route 226 at that point. Both of these restructured Pace routes will operate daily, not just on weekdays.
  23. CTA 'L' Rosters

    From the way it looks at present, so far the 3200s that are laid up at Rosemont Yard were most recently assigned to the Orange Line while the 2600s that are currently at Kimball Yard are ex-Orange-Line 2600s. So the current plan looks like for the Blue Line to get existing Orange Line 3200s plus a few Brown Line 3200s, while the Blue Line sends some more of its existing 2600s to the Orange Line – and the Orange Line, in turn, will be sending a few of its 2600s to the Brown Line.
  24. 700-series XE40 - Deliveries & Assignments

    No. The CTA recently awarded the contract for additional electric buses to Proterra, not New Flyer.
  25. More Bus Moves

    Mostly NP. FG has had too many of its 6400s sitting there, in inoperable condition. Also, 74th borrowed a few Flyers from 103rd and 77th.