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pudgym29 last won the day on November 30 2014

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    Belmont | Cicero; Chicago, IL. [U.S.A.]
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    beer, internet, privacy, soccer, transit, travel, cats, writing
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    Keikyū “Blue Sky” 2100 trainset

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  1. 2400-series - Service Dates

    Is there a possibility the 2400s might take a "curtain call" for the b**eball series next weekend?
  2. PudgyM's foray into digital photography

    So last Wednesday, when we actually had some good weather (unlike this week - it's April; weather should not be getting worse.), I decided to head for the new Marz Community Brwy. @ 3630 S. Iron St. I was on the southbound #54 Cicero bus {having the #X54 route would have been nice}. We stopped for a traffic signal at Jackson Blvd., and I espied this rara avis operating on #126 Jackson. Just for you , here are images of the Marz Brwy. taproom. The camera I use now is the Canon SX600 HS. This newer computer does not have Ulead Photoimpact 12, so I haven't lightened or tweaked any of these images.
  3. CTA ridership lost to ride share

    Transit authorities are in a difficult stance now. I can believe that it will take an error by Uber and | or Lyft which will make its service less appealing. But I can also contemplate that Uber and | or Lyft will intentionally make an error. That “error” would be a more-frequent application of surge pricing which we know each can already practice. In Tokyo, taxicab services charge a post-24:00 hour surcharge. Uber and | or Lyft could do that tomorrow, and pocket the additional profit. I can also see certain fees when Uber and | or Lyft pick up at an address of a licensed beverage purveyor. Again, the money would go to corporate. If you then add in the possibility that an individual Uber and | or Lyft operator senses his passenger may not be 100% alert due to inebriation, I would not be surprised if that passenger got the six-mile ride home instead of the three-mile ride it should have been. In any instance, the Uber and | or Lyft passenger will notice that the fee for getting him | her back to the abode is escalating in an unpredictable manner. If this rises to the level where it compares unfavorably with the amount he | she spent at the venue, transit re-enters the sphere.
  4. Random CTA

    {This is also a test of the forum's new software.} Something is afoot at the Authority's Chicago Garage. Over the last (5-8?) weeks, a concerted effort has been made to have New Nova (7900-8324) buses maintain all service on route #54 Cicero (and by extension, #54B South Cicero). (There are exceptions - but they seem to confine to Saturday and Sunday service.) I do not know why. This though, seems to be similar to what the Authority is doing on route #9 (and #X9) Ashland. Since, as numerous other threads here on Chitransit inform us that Bus Rapid Transit on Ashland is dead, dead, dead, why is Ashland being run with only New Nova buses? Is a test of Transit Signal Priority (TSP) continuing on Ashland? Is a test of TSP occurring on Cicero Avenue? Could this be a sign that an express bus route (#X54) might get another shot on Cicero? The clarion signal to me is that a populous route from Chicago garage, #20 Madison, seemingly does not get many New Novas assigned | allowed on its runs. If the imprimatur is to run the New Novas primarily on routes with high(er) ridership, #20 would get all New Novas before #54. Lucidly, we need somebody in middle management stationed @ Chicago Garage to inform us here of the circumstance. * = To prevent my haters here on the forum from rubbing in my face a spot where my postulate falters; here is an image of a New Flyer bus [#1430] running northbound on route #X9. But then, we don't have anybody in middle management at 74th St. Garage to explain how this happened either.
  5. 2600-series - Service Dates

    Somebody here on ChiTransit was imploring for 3199-3200 to be the preserved train cars. Here's your chance, bunky. Buy them now. Try to sell them to IRM or RELIC.
  6. Metra MK/Amerail car assignments 4/16

    mr wlesh, I think you had another tab on your browser connected to Chitransit. Those would be old CTA bus series.
  7. Lucifertk, I think you had another forum open in another tab on your browser. If you didn't, I recommend you ask this question on the FlyerTalk forum.
  8. New CTA Maps Are Out

    I love responding to myself! So, on Sunday, I was out-&-about doing karaoke at Angelo O'Leary's in Forest Park. When my evening ended, I walked to the Forest Park Blue Line “L” terminus. I had a comfortable time awaiting the next train departing thereof, so I went to the passenger assistant booth and inquired as to whether the Spanish-language CTA Route Map had been released. Bang-shang-a-lang. She had to look through a few boxes, but she turned up one with the aforequeried subject therein. Yes, I have a soft spot for Forest Park, as it was the rock-em-sock-em 'wet' suburb adjacent to the (then) dry Oak Park village. Anyhow, the Spanish-language CTA Route Map is out there - with a November publication date rather than the September issuance for the English-language variant. Go out there and request it at your preferred “L” station.
  9. Fare Game

    jajuan is correct. I did this this past summer returning from the Blue Nose Brwy. in Hodgkins. The return route was the Pace route #330 to O'Hare, and the Blue Line “L” back southeast. I was charged only 25¢ for the transfer.
  10. Random CTA

    Since when BustRacker errs, it is usually there is a bus on the route but it is not being displayed; you would think this would be the method that when TrainTracker errs, it would omit a train in service. So how does the Authority explain this display? The station, date, and time are all accurate. Where does it think those trains are coming from?
  11. When in Japan back in September for the Blue Note Jazz Festival, I finally took the plunge and bought a PASMO stored value card. The English-language instructions for obtaining one from a station machine were quite clear. I was able to classify it as a personalized PASMO card, for which a Japanese railway operator has my name and a valid e-mail address associated. I'm posting this in this thread because, after putting in a cash amount for the card, each time I tapped the card to a train station wicket, it showed the remaining value on the card. With a Ventra card, when you touch the card to the reader, it shows only "Go" or "Stop" [insufficient value]. A software update should be implemented that would reveal the remaining value on the Ventra card, so that a rider could swiftly learn how much was left. (This would also reveal when a perceived second transfer occurred beyond the two hours allocated for it.)
  12. More 6000's repatriated??

    The 6711-12 "George Washington" bicentennial-liveried train? When I was riding CTA on a Sunday Supertransfer in the late 1970s, somehow this train was pulled out of the yard and run - usually on Douglas - when 2200s were supposed to have all runs. Is the air conditioning still functional on car 6711? (6712 was not air conditioned.) I believe Fox River Trolley Museum has single-unit cars #27 & #40, not #44. #27 was bought because it had not been converted to a pantograph.
  13. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    Excuse me for contending, Andre, but the route #50 Damen bus is a key, if under-noted, way to go to | from the near northwest side to Andersonville. I have ridden the #50 as recently as Saturday. Prior trips from here to Andersonville includes destinations like Empirical Brwy., The Hopleaf Bar, Simon's Tavern, and Andersonville Brwg..
  14. Early bus history

    Fairly certain I rode on them a few times when accompanying dad to data processing @ Lawrence and Ravenswood on a Saturday{!} in 1970. The buses had the new displays for the Jefferson Park transit center.
  15. New CTA Maps Are Out

    Gotten. Has anybody identified when and where the photograph depicted on it was taken? It looks to me like the then new Ashland/63rd St station. But there is a puzzlement in the old(er) motor bus {with the WLAK ad} pulling out, which would seemingly indicate it being taken on a weekday; contrasted with the two-car train of 4000s in the station, which would seemingly indicate a fantrip of some kind, and those usually occurred on a weekend day.