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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 6612 is still there too, was out on Saturday.
  9. The 6162s are not going anywhere until the next batch of El Dorados come in, which won't be until next year and into 2020. And even then, Pace still has to think about the 6262s and the early 2600s in Fox Valley, which are also approaching retirement age. Pace is known to be slow in retiring buses so that pattern won't be changing anytime soon. They'd rather move buses around that still have good life to them. It's why you see more 6162s and 6262s out on the weekends, at least lately, to preserve the El Dorado 40 footers for the long haul.
  10. And the 665 runs right past the complexes on Cass Ave, but doesn't stop because it's going express to Metra. Depending on ridership, they might need to consider having it stop at Cass/67th to pick up those passengers, then run express to Metra. 662 has a bus stop at Cass/63rd already so they should be able to accomodate also. Also, with the closeness of these routes to Metra (less than 2 miles), maybe more people are driving to the stations now. And with the popularity of the I-55 routes, folks could be heading to the Burr Ridge P&R. That lot was packed about 2 weeks ago when I passed by there around 8am. Hypothetical, but possible.
  11. Interestingly, most of these routes are ran by 30 footers. Wonder if we start seeing movement amongst them or potentially retire. 661 is an interesting one because it runs thru a major apartment complex in the area going to the Westmont Metra. Wonder why ridership isn't good over there. 824 probably makes sense, that route runs right off of Boughton Road, where the 855 bus stops are. One day, I saw a good 10 people get off just past the car wash on Boughton Road in the evening where awaiting rides were. If ridership is down, that's a clear reason why. Surprised 825 isn't on this list.
  12. Just trying to answer the other person's question. Moving on...thanks.
  13. Since 612 is an "on demand" service running from 9a-3p, it's probably going to be a para-transit bus. It makes more sense that the 754 would be ran by Heritage because Lewis University is in Romeoville, just a few miles from the Joliet Heritage station, where the rest of the MCIs are. No reason to bring a 6500 series from SW all the way downtown, then back to Lewis, espeically since one of the MCIs can easily finish it's I-55 shoulder route and run back out to Lewis. EDIT: Schedule for 754 shows Heritage as the garage. So it likely will be an MCI, not a 30-footer El Do.
  14. OK. Sounds like we need another official bus roster from AndreTheBusMan.
  15. That bus may be gone now (or at Ravinia). It's not out today and I haven't seen it in a while.
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