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  1. That is strange, there are 2 6600s out there on 352 now in the PM rush. And the 348 has 2 40-footers out there now when this morning there were 2 6600s.
  2. I completely forgot about that (link no longer works). So unlikely any El Dorados head South, for now. I did notice a lot of 2005 NABIs out. South does have a habit of not doing a lot of upkeep of their buses so it wouldn't surprise me that the 2003 Nabis are in really bad shape. Maybe the Orions might have to stick around if that's the case.
  3. Looking at Webwatch this morning, there are a slew of 2003 40 foot Nabis from South that are not out and about during the am rush. That tells me that they are prepping to either move them to West (perhaps some go to North or North Shore) or retire them. I could potentially see this happening this week, although most of the Orion are still out there at West right now. Several 6600s are out there at South as well. Since route 348 can't have CNGs due to height of the buses vs the underpasses out there, what are they gonna do if the 6600s move and/or retire? Would some 30-foot El Dorados have to go to South, possibly from Naperville or Fox Valley?
  4. Well, the Romeoville station is officially happening. https://www.metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/romeoville-breaks-ground-new-metra-station
  5. That's typical in that garage to see buses parked on the side, I used to pass by West garage daily in my commute on Lake street from Forest Park to Elmhurst when I used to live in the area. If any were black striped, then it was officially a goner.
  6. I'm guessing that they were working on the Eldos over the weekend and didn't want too many of them out. With the 17500s out, more 6162s or late 6200s are on the move or retired, likely headed to West. The Orions are definitely leaving if there are officially only 35 left.
  7. Only 4 Orions running right now at NW. #6117, #6145, 6091, and #6008. Might be the end for the rest of them on the roster at NW.
  8. Not only retiring the Orions, but you'll see some 6162s and 6600s probably heading out too. I wonder when the "small" buses will arrive to the feeder routes?
  9. Did this video happen at Jefferson Park CTA? I was over there earlier today for the first time in at least 2 years. Didn't see any pulses when I was there
  10. I can't say for sure if there have been some transfers between the 2 routes. I'll try to watch for this later this week. 722 is usually empty when I've seen it pull into the Naperville Metra Station around 8am and around 5:30pm when I'm usually there whereas 530 usually has at least 1-2 riders, but they mostly transfer to 714, I assume to go to COD. 30 minutes for 722 is way too much, I could see hourly.
  11. So today, I decided to make a switch and take a different route to Naperville. Normally, I take route 463 to Metra DG, then take that train to Naperville, but that option is pricey due to the raised Metra prices. Today, I took 463 to Metra DG, but then got on the 834 from there to Ogden/Main in DG, then eventually got on 722 to Naperville Metra (bus was about 5 minutes late). I was one of 2 people on this bus and I was all alone after Warrenville/Yackley in Lisle. I must be truthful, this is a route that I don't think last thru the end of the summer. I've seen empty buses on this route a lot during the day, both peak and off-peak. The routing on Warrenville Road is redundant with 829 and 888, both are rush hour buses. Why would anyone need to go into that area after 9am? When I take the train and get to the Lisle stop just before 8am, at least 10-15 people get on route 829, going the same direction as the 722. So that tells me that people that live in the city and work in Lisle/Naperville would rather take Metra, not go to Yorktown and then get on 722. In the past, I didn't see a lot of people get on the 714 when it used to run down Ogden, not even COD students, could be one of the reason why the route changed. In the afternoons when I get to Naperville Metra, I almost always see 714 and 722 waiting. 714, usually 3-5 people are on that bus. 722: maybe 1 person? Today, when I got off at my stop near the Naperville Metra, I asked the driver if this route gets busy often, she said "nope, I rarely see more than 3 people on this run and I've never seen you on here before." Says a lot. Pace has got to know this route isn't a money maker for them and I just can't see it lasting.
  12. I haven't been to Joliet in a while and I've never seen the Joliet garage. Does it have enough capacity to accommodate more buses with the current OTRs and Eldos?
  13. Looks like most of the trouble is in Plainfield and there's no easy way around that. Maybe 2 buses per timetable, but that'll bring more people and you need buses for them. Bolingbrook isn't easy either. It's easier and cheaper to use the I-55 buses, but is it worth the headache? Only other way around it is to get on the Bolingbrook feeders and take Metra from Lisle, but I've noticed those buses have been crowded lately too. Or there's route 834, but they don't run enough to do that plus you'd be fighting with the folks getting off at the Downers Grove/Woodridge stops. I'm not seeing any updates on the proposed Romeoville/Plainfield Metra station, but if this keeps up, they're going to have to accelerate that option really soon.
  14. Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that 60 riders for the day (morning and night) or 60 in the morning and 60 in the evening? If it's for the day, then say you have 3 buses running in the morning and 3 buses in the evening. That amounts to 10 riders per bus, which is feasible. But if you're talking 60 in the a.m. and 60 p.m., then you're talking 20 riders per bus, which to me wouldn't seem realistic. It's almost as if Pace is wanting to get rid of the shuttle bugs because they really aren't making any money off of them.
  15. Keep an eye on Route 834 in Dupage/Will County. Over the weekend, they changed existing bus signs when that route goes down 63rd St and labeled them "H" routes only. In addition, they added newer stops along both routes (75th and 63rd streets) that were not in existence before. Prior to this, there were no bus signs at all once you're past the intersection of 63rd/Main St in Downers Grove. I wonder if customers and/or drivers were complaining, but I wouldn't be surprised if this route becomes "posted stops only" very shortly.