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Everything posted by RJL6000

  1. More Bus Moves

    To be specific: 1052, 1053 to K 1054, 1055 (and maybe 1056) to C
  2. More Bus Moves

    Probably nothing in return for the summer. The UofC Kenwood routes, which are operated out of 103rd, now only operate during weekday rush periods until academics for the next year begin this September. At the same time, the MofS&I route, which is operated out of K, uses a few 40-footers to cover the trips. Thus, during the summer months 103rd doesn't need as many buses as it does normally. This move is similar to the Pace bus transfers between N and W.
  3. More Bus Moves

    Due to service tweaks, some of the 1050s may be making their way from 103rd to K. 1052 is currently on the #126. No changes to the Nova assignments at this time.
  4. A public hearing will be held at the Forest Park Public Library on January 19, 2011 to discuss the restructuring and/or service reduction of the following routes: 303: Route will be combined with Route 325 to improve connections to the Melrose Park Metra station and other Pace bus routes. Route 303 will no longer operate on North Avenue east of 19th Avenue (in Melrose Park) to North/9th (riders must transfer to Route 318 to go there) - but will instead operate on North Avenue between 19th and 25th Avenues to link the two soon-to-be-formerly-separate routes. 304: To avoid duplication with CTA bus service, route will no longer operate east of the North Riverside Mall during the times that CTA Route 21 is operating to the Mall. Service frequency and hours of operation will be reduced. 320: Midday service and select afternoon trips will be discontinued. Route 320 will operate weekday rush periods only. 322: To avoid duplication with the CTA Route 21 service, weekday and Saturday trips will no longer operate east of the North Riverside Mall during the times that CTA Route 21 is operating to the Mall. Saturday service will also operate more frequently and will also have expanded hours of operation. Sunday service will remain unchanged, resulting in duplication of only Sunday service between North Riverside Mall and the 54th Avenue CTA Pink Line terminal. 325: Route will be combined with Route 303 to improve connections to the Melrose Park Metra station and other Pace bus routes. The portion of the current Route 325 south of North Avenue will be discontinued (no direct replacement service will be provided along that portion of the route). The new combined route is expected to take the 303 route number and the expanded 303 schedule/hours of operation. This could result in Saturday service being restored to 25th Avenue north of North Avenue for the first time since the 1980s as well as the addition of Sunday service on that portion of the route for the first time ever. This new combined route will now effectively become a "circulator" route operating from a CTA Blue Line terminal at one end to a Blue Line station close to the Blue Line terminal at the opposite end of the rail line. Further details will be posted as soon as the public notice is posted on the Pace Web site. Any questions or comments? Feel free to voice your opinions.
  5. FastTracks

    Then Pace would have to find a new east terminal for those three routes. The Forest Park station terminal would be closed for the duration of the reconstruction project, and Forest Park and River Forest now effectively prohibits buses from operating on the stretch of Madison Street between the CN freight tracks and Desplaines Avenue due to the center island leaving insufficient room for anything wider than a sedan (the reason why Pace had permanently rerouted the three routes at their eastern end to operate on Van Buren Street instead of Madison Street and Desplaines Avenue a few years ago). This last reason automatically eliminates any possibility of extending any of those three routes to the Harlem Avenue Green Line station, to the point that the only feasible relocation would be to temporarily suspend service on Madison Street altogether east of First Avenue (IL Route 171). At that point the only feasible location to terminate these three routes during reconstruction would be Loyola Hospital (unless something else changes) - but that would cut off all transfers from bus to rail on all three of those routes (although they would still connect to several other Pace bus routes). And Pace does not want to operate the three bus routes on Lake Street east of First Avenue because that would then duplicate service that's already provided by the 309 and 313.
  6. FastTracks

    I meant reduced, not suspended, service west of UIC. The CTA said that it will not send any Blue Line trains to 54th on a regular basis during the reconstruction project due to the very low ridership count on that portion of the line on a per-car basis - the very same reason why it permanently discontinued the service back in 2008. And speaking of the reconstruction in Oak Park, this (with regards to the rail line) will require the existing stations and trackage to be permanently closed, and that temporary facilities be used for the duration of the reconstruction project while the replacement permanent facilities are being constructed.
  7. CTA 'L' Rosters

    This will take several years because the planned elimination of left-hand exits and entrances (and replacing them with right-hand ones) will require the complete relocation of the portion of the Forest Park branch between Cicero and Forest Park, and possibly the freight railroad tracks west of Central Avenue (which are still in occasional service). The CTA does not want to permanently terminate the west end of the line to Cicero Avenue just to accommodate the new entrance/exit configuration through Oak Park (under the current plan, not only are the left-hand exits and entrances to be replaced with right-hand ones, but the expressway itself is to be widened from the current three lanes in each direction to four lanes in each direction). Remember that when the Ike was first constructed through Oak Park, it required temporary tracks and temporary stations (to maintain rail service while the expressway was being constructed) to replace the since-demolished old ground-level portion of what was then the Garfield Line. That project took well over two years to complete.
  8. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Except that the CTA likely won't do that. More than likely, the CTA will instead terminate more runs at UIC/Halsted and send fewer runs west of that if and when reconstruction of the Ike begins. In addition, there may be periods of temporary but longer-term closures over large portions of the Forest Park branch during this reconstruction period.
  9. New Eldorados?

    Make that currently without any Xcelsiors. However, the Pace order of 40-footers that was awarded last month will be Xcelsiors, with the first buses to arrive on the property sometime next year. And neither of the two companies will start building any until the "notice to proceed" is granted. By the way, the current Pace EZ Riders (at least 2600-2825) seat 27 passengers, not 23 passengers, per bus: They have no rear door like some other 30-foot buses do.
  10. New Eldorados?

    Here's the video link: http://streaming.pacebus.com/userportal/#/player/vod/Rbfea0b2446d1492290f6506109de0cbd It will be ElDorado again for the 30-footers. That company turned out to be the only bidder of the 30-foot portion of the contract. Thus, there will be new replacement EZ Rider II BRT buses in the farther-out suburbs, just like where the current EZ Rider II (non-BRT) buses currently run. The 164-bus order will replace all of the 2600s and half of the 2700s in the Pace fleet.
  11. New Eldorados?

    It might be ElDorado for the 30-footers, but we don't know yet. The Pace board meeting for the awarding of the 30-foot portion of the large bus procurement contract was yesterday. The 40-foot portion was awarded last month (which, we all know, would be New Flyer {NFI}).
  12. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    This is what the route needed in order to sustain itself in the longer term. Instead of running only midday through early evening, it makes that route a truly weekday daytime operation. Still no later evening or weekend service yet, but such service might come when the ridership justifies it.
  13. Pace 35th Anniversary Legacy Fleet

    That makes it just four of the wrapped or soon-to-be-wrapped Pace buses that are not 30-foot EZ Riders. In the case of three of those (North, West and South), they do not currently run EZ Riders at all. Northwest has two buses that are to be wrapped, one of which is an EZ Rider. And all four of the wrapped 40-footers are the Axesses (CNG in the case of South). West is currently the only garage that's running a transit (as opposed to a coach) bus from someone other than ElDorado - but they decided to wrap an Axess rather than a NABI because the remaining NABIs are slated for retirement within a year or so.
  14. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    No. That wasn't 700 or 701 at all - but one of the CTA's newest Novas, 8342. See pics in either the 7900-series or the 8325-series thread.
  15. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Yes; the Horizon SMT model.
  16. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    And the companion ChicagoBus site incorrectly lists the destination signs as "Luminator TwinVision Smart Series III" when they actually are "Hanover Displays Monochrome." I can't believe why the CTA chose to go with Hanover instead of Luminator or its TwinVision subsidiary for destination signs to be installed in new buses. (Other than the fact that Hanover's U.S. branch is based in suburban Elk Grove Village whereas Luminator is based in Texas.)
  17. Pace New Flyer buses

    It is ironic that one of the factories that New Flyer is currently utilizing for its XD## Xcelsior production is the former NABI plant in Anniston, AL (where the Pace NABIs were assembled). The ones that Pace is slated to receive, however, might come from St. Cloud, MN instead of Anniston, AL.
  18. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I just saw the pic in the 7900-series thread. It was #8342, which has not shown up on maths22's tracker for a while. It still has the "3" sticker on the windshield. It is likely there as a training bus. It might not officially go into revenue service while at K.
  19. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    If you meant that bus that's in the center of the pic (obscured by the green screen), then I can't confirm whether or not it's a Nova.
  20. 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).
  21. 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)..
  22. 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.)
  23. More Bus Moves

    That was only a temporary loan. Today it was back at NP.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.