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  1. Did you see the buses during the time that northbound LSD was shut down for the vice president's motorcade? That was causing a lot of delays and reroutes. Otherwise, even along the lakefront the snow wasn't heavy enough to merit rerouting buses.
  2. Kevin over at CTA Tattler has posted an advance look at the CTA Holiday Train schedule. (He says it's unconfirmed by the CTA as yet.) It appears to be consistent with the last few years: Green, then Brown/Orange, then Pink/Blue, then Red/Purple/Yellow. Green Friday, 11/29/13 Saturday, 11/30/13 Tuesday, 12/3/13 Orange & Brown Wednesday, 12/4/13 Thursday, 12/5/13 Friday, 12/6/13 Saturday, 12/7/13 Pink Tuesday, 12/10/13 Wednesday 12/11/13 Blue Thursday, 12/12/13 Friday, 12/13/13 Saturday, 12/14/13 Red Tuesday, 12/17/13 Thursday, 12/19/13 Saturday, 12/21/13 (Red and Purple) Purple Express Wednesday, 12/18/13 Friday, 12/20/13 Saturday, 12/21/13 (Red and Purple) Yellow Monday, 12/23/13
  3. Trip is scheduled for this Thursday, 8.8.13. One round trip late morning from Rosemont (or O'Hare?) to Forest Park and back.
  4. Saw cars 2227-28 and 2347-48 being dragged by a 2600-series out-of-service train last night at Belmont heading north toward Howard.
  5. greenstreet

    More Bus Moves

    Not a lot of southwest-side Catholic school graduates on this board. The view is from the Brother Rice high school parking lot facing northwest toward Pulaski and 99th (around 2007-2008). The operator was apparently blocked in the parking lot and was attempting to get to Pulaski which we see over the berm on the left. That grassy area has since been regraded and is no longer that height.
  6. Nice photo. Not sure what year that shot was taken (2010?), but it wasn't last year (2011). The wrap design is different. As I recall from pictures I've seen and taken, in 2011 the vinyl wrap also extended across the front of the train.
  7. I wonder how the Red Line riders are liking the 5000s this morning. Any firsthand reports?
  8. Has anyone seen the wrapped J14 buses yet? The route went into service this morning around 5:30, so the buses should be visible along the route or at the layover at Washington/Desplaines.
  9. Try a trip taking the 85 Central or 91 Austin to Jeff Park to catch a Blue Line train. RTA's Goroo sends the traveler on a walk to the other side of the expressway to catch the train. It says to get off the bus at Jeff Park bus terminal, walk one block north on Milwaukee to Northwest Hwy, and then right (east) on Northwest Hwy to catch the Blue Line. Might also be similar directions for other buses arriving there - I stopped after getting these inaccurate directions. Then tried the same trips on the Google Transit option on the CTA's website. Obtained normal, accurate directions there.
  10. Check your numbers. You must have one wrong. 5014-5015 are not married -- at least not to each other. 5014 is paired with 5013, and 5015 is married to 5016. Must have been getting ready to go in service Sunday.
  11. Look for 5000s to start going into service on the Red Line on Sunday, 11/11.
  12. Can anyone comment on how often the 2400s are being used on the Orange Line? It appears the 24 2400s are in addition to the Orange Line's usual allotment of 94 3200s. Could these 2400s be intended for use for the additional Orange-to-Brown Line (Tattler article) service that is upcoming?
  13. Thanks for the clarification. I had looked back in the thread, but only at all the posts on the two last pages. Apparently, I didn't go back far enough (to September). I thought there was some new reference I had missed.
  14. Since I have heard discussion about this plan from sources other than this board, all your info rings true. The CTA has posted a Notice of Prequalification for General Contractors and Track Subcontractors for Dan Ryan (Red Line) Track Renewal Project (REVISED) since early May. Yes, one would have to register to download the prequalification package. ;-) According to the prequalification package, almost 60 people attended the pre-bid meeting, some from major players in the public works realm (Parsons, Kiewit, PB, Paschen, Walsh) and some from local advocacy/consulting agencies (HACIA, Chicago Urban League, Reyes Group). There was even at least one representative from an elected official's office (a representative from Bobby Rush's office). It seems to me very plausible that information about the project is leaking out given the large number of people who have information about it. Although a cursory read didn't reveal a schedule for the actual construction work, I did note a timeline about the contract schedule. Anticipated Schedule: May 2012 - Issue request for Qualifications May 2012 - Date Statements of Qualifications due June 2012- Notification of pre-qualification June/July 2012 -Invitation for Bids from prequalified bidders August 2012 - Bids due September 2012 - Approximate notice to proceed Given the pool of people who know about the plan for this project, I won't make any spurious judgments about how you received this info. I wouldn't reveal my source either. ;-) Thanks for sharing.
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