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  1. Well considering both routes moved to a Saturday schedule, it makes sense to have multiple buses hit Fedex to promote social distancing. I'm surprised it wasn't two Axess buses instead of the EZ Rider if the amount of Fedex workers is that steep. Plus I'm sure work at Fedex has picked up dramatically since everybody's ordering online. It also gives another driver that could've been furloughed a chance to work and stay busy.
  2. Pace seems eager to getting the NFs out, especially given the shields on these buses. And with Ravinia canceled for this year, no chance any NABIs are heading up there. And once the stay-at-home order is lifted, I don't expect Pace to be too quick about restoring some routes and/or times. Too many people or companies will be spooked to allow life to return to normal, ridership is likely going to stay down for a little while. My Prediction: It could be over for most (if not all) of the NABIs by the end of June.
  3. It's probably going to be trouble for the Nabis now as a bunch of routes will either be cut or suspended all over starting Monday, May 18th. So either they're going to run a bunch of Eldos and NFs and cut out as many Nabis as possible now OR they'll run the Nabis for as long as they can and run them to the ground so they can then retire and save the Eldos/NFs until it's time to put them in on a more consistent basis. My guess is the latter and that makes the most sense as long as most of them are running ok as it would save them from running the NFs so fast, especially if kinks need to be works out as more start service. But the minute a Nabi breaks down, it's gone from service. Since no division seems immune to cuts, I would also not be surprised if we see some kind of movement amongst other divisions to West, even if it's temporary, so that's something to keep an eye on.
  4. Given Pace's history, it might take a bit before all of the Nabi buses are gone. Only 20402 is doing a night route as of this moment. Now if this virus situation results in more Pace cutbacks, then the retirements will become more elevated, especially as mentioned the driver's shields protecting them. It looks really nice, haven't seen one yet in person, but I'm sure I'll see them in the Oak Brook area.
  5. FYI, a survey is listed on Metra's website for the public to state what features would be suitable for the newer rail cars. The survey is up till 1/31.
  6. Remember, 6251 was a Joliet bus for a while so it probably didn't get the heavy use as it does now. And if I'm not mistaken, wasn't 6227 out for a while at one point of it's life before it came back? If so, then that's probably why it's still doing well. Look for both of these buses at Ravinia next year.
  7. Since my car has been down for the last week, I've been riding the 559 Northbound transferring to the 530 Northbound. Talking to the 559 bus driver today, he stated that his ridership is extremely low and isn't surprised they're cutting it back on weekends and think complete elimination may be next. I'm one of 2 passengers on the route I've been taking daily. The 530 isn't overly hot full of passengers, on average 5-6 from Fox Valley Mall area to downtown Naperville. Interesting note, I'm told the 534 was once on the chopping block, but a slew of people came out to the hearing protesting so they left it alone and it's a feeder route. And yes, I see the Naperville feeder routes still do quite well, even the Naperville Park and Rides from Route 59. Not shocked 186 and 187 are on the chopping block, most of the time when it's past 6:30pm, people are being picked up or using rideshare if they're not driving. Uber/Lyft drivers line up along the stations when those trains show up.
  8. With the 824 already cut and the 186-187 being cut, those routes in Bolingbrook must be heavily invested in the I-55 routes. Passengers realized how easy it was to get downtown using those and don't really take the feeders anymore. If Bolingbrook expands the current parking lots or comes up with others, look out. 559 needs to go period, I see no real reason to keep it. I see it daily and see at the most 2-3 riders. This will probably mean the end of at least a couple of 2600s unless any are needed for West.
  9. Actually, all facilities except FV are looking for drivers and some mechanics. Wonder why the turnover all of a sudden? Are the old Nabis running folks away? They also better figure out the a/c soon, it's supposed to be really hot tomorrow and then again this weekend.
  10. Me too, but they could also be trying to preserve the 6323s and not use them too much so they last longer. That's what they use to do to 6270 on up and ran the daylights out of the Orions until their retirement. They'll be plenty of 6162s heading to Ravinia next year before they retire for good once the new buses come in.
  11. So in this heat, I noticed last Friday that 6224 had no a/c, windows and roof hatches opened. Then on Saturday, 6276 had no a/c - don't understand why that bus should be running on a Saturday? But anywho, it's clear that there are plenty more out there, but wouldn't it just make sense to run these buses either early in the morning rush hour or late at night when it's cooler, like a 332 Cargo bus for example? 6224 was running about 3pm on Friday around Oak Brook, right when it's the hottest.
  12. Yep, all 6730s are out today. Only 3 Nabis from 2003 are out right now (6237, 6246, and 6258). No 6600s at all. It's early so some could come out later, but honestly West really doesn't need those Nabis anymore and it's going to get into the upper 80s later on this week with more humidity.
  13. That's all we've been seeing. I work near Lisle/Warrenville where this route is most prominent and it's been mostly 17500s with a few 15500s sprinkled in.
  14. And it's out there again today, same route. If it wasn't well documented before that West is enduring a bus shortage, this clearly puts that issue in the forefront. The 6600s should've been long gone by now and the 6162s should be right behind them. I wonder with some route eliminations recently if any 2600s make their way West, but I doubt it.
  15. Yeah, not sure why this bus is still in service, especially on 322 on Black Friday. I'm guessing there's a shortage at West right now. I'm sure the 6162s are probably just as bad.
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