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  1. I know. I just fleshed it out some for those who might have been kids at that time or just recently moved to Chicago. It did essentially come back full circle since now all they have really is 146 again. 135 also if they want to count rush hour for any of those in the highrises going to Wacker or La Salle, which they also had in that 2003-2005 stretch but didn't want to count.
  2. Right. 145 is now a memory and 148 was pulled off Wilson and essentially changed to what was the 144 with the main differences being buses now start and end on Marine between Carmen and WInona, operation on that stretch of Clarendon between Irving Park and Lawrence, and articulated buses running most of PM rush services while 144 rarely used artics.
  3. Not necessarily. Some routes existing today that started as new services within the last 15 to 20 years went through up to four 180 day experiment phases before finally being deemed permanent even when it was obvious that the routes were outperforming the experiment parameters. If I'm not mistaken, CTA didn't designate the Pink Line a permanently separate route from the Blue Line until about 2008, close to two years after its 2006 introduction.
  4. Here's a video clip I found that a gentleman called artistmac on YouTube posted of last week's 70th anniversary showcase. Notice his reaction to the number of seats in the older buses compared to buses of today as he goes in and out each bus.
  5. Ok gotcha. Yeah your reference to the sign flips on the X3s and local King Drive buses that ended at Walton kind of through me off and made me think you thought I was also speaking about those trips along with the 151s. The 151s though are separate from what used to exist on the 3 and X3 in AM rush because I remember those 151 trips existed for quite some time and were in existence at the same time as the 3 and X3 trips to Walton.
  6. I just recently saw that someone had videos posted showing some in LA Metro Bus local orange colors as AI vehicles in one of the older versions of the Daytonford map. They appeared to be rough cuts and not final versions. I wonder if they were part of what you were speaking about.
  7. Since we last spoke of this particular station project here, I will report here that CTA announced in today under the most recent weekday service change updates that the Damen entrance to the Illinois Medical District station will finally reopen on next Friday, July 21st. Now CTA can soon remove the service alert announcements on the #50 Damen buses that the entrance is closed between February and May 2017 (yeah the original plan was that the entrance would only be closed till May ).
  8. When I saw the headline, it definitely caught my attention enough to look into the story. But that 98% of 33% of members voting for the authorization immediately caught my eye as well and I came to the conclusion that everyone else did and CTA management stated that this was more about the union looking to get publicity to spook some folks and put pressure on management though I'm pretty sure that latter part failed given management's response to it. At any rate, for us everyday passengers things will be business as usual since clearly just shy of a third of union members of can't legitimately authorize a strike.
  9. I think you misunderstood my post. I was referring strictly to the 151 weekday AM northbound trips out of K and NP that end at Walton and stage on the North Avenue NB entrance ramp to Lake Shore Drive before the NP buses become SB 151 short trips from Fullerton/Stockton and the K buses become SB trips on 134 or 143.
  10. True that Walton is the endpoint for the runs that then stage on the North Ave entrance ramp to Lake Shore Drive, but the headsign readings for those runs always showed "151 TO WATER TOWER" as destination readings on those particular morning runs.
  11. Read again. I consistently said the engineering firm would be more valid a target of liability claims if the go ahead was given and further collapse happened. But the point became moot once the go ahead was given to reopen the tracks later that night, and we've had a week of no further problems. And CTA could be sued, but that does NOT automatically mean they are culpable or negligent under the scenario as proposed. And just who do you expect them to get a second opinion from beyond the city's own folks who also would have signed off on an all clear when this incident fell under the city's jurisdiction to check out?
  12. Yeah and my point was CTA already took the precaution of moving trains to the tracks farthest away from the building collapse. So where would any liable on their part come from at that point? If there had been an incident after the engineering firm said yes things are stable enough for CTA to put its southbound tracks back in service, that would be on the engineering firm, not CTA especially when the Building and Fire Departments would also be involved in the decision to give an all clear. CTA uphold its legal responsibility by working with the relevant governing bodies to pass trains through safely. And let's not flip the cart before the horse. Yes someone could name CTA in a suit, but that's not the same thing as CTA being liable. That's simply being named in a suit. Remember being deemed liable is the end result judgment given by a court after looking at the presented evidence and agreeing that the side bringing the suit gave enough evidence to show legal liability on the part of the party being sued. Just being named in a suit doesn't instantly mean there's legal liability even on a smaller scale. That's unless you want to say CTA should second guess instructions and decisions from the Building and Fire Departments to avoid being named in a suit.
  13. Well looks like service has gone back to normal on the Red Line apparently. The alert advising about northbound trains running express from Sheridan to Howard is now gone. Only thing up now under Red Line current alerts is the three months old alert from spring pick speaking telling that some rush trains are terminating at 63/Ashland and that mentioning extra service to Navy Pier fireworks.
  14. Yeah some of it is falling inward, but laws of physics still say some of the rubbish spillage would also be in the direction of CTA's embankment. You did get correct that there is potential for ground instability on the building site itself and near the embankment. There is also @Busjack's point about vibrations of trains so close to the building had the southbound tracks stayed in service. Either way that's not a "nothing to fuss about" situation by any means. Also any suits against an engineering firm inspecting the site would be unfounded because said firm would be inspecting the site to determine the safest way get the building stabilized and/or razed. So I'm not getting that direction of litigation from. Nor would CTA be responsible since its people were doing no work on or around the tracks that we know of until after getting word that the building partially collapsed. They definitely weren't there last night when I rode the train. If anything the building's owner(s) could possibly be cited for poor maintenance that may have potentially led to the roof collapse. So not seeing where you're getting CTA may still be party to litigation either outside of some scam artist putting forth bogus litigation claims.
  15. You may not see what the fuss is about, but one look at ThirdRailVision's photo above shows why CTA is concerned. The building is literally inches from the southbound side tracks, and that little thing called gravity says any further rubble will not fall together in a straight line. It's also going to fall outward as well. Hence, CTA's concern and extra caution here. If they didn't show any concern about it, and the rubble damaged the tracks and caused injuries to passengers, you'd best believe there would be outcries that CTA was negligent. Better they have this partial disruption of service and inconvenience now until they get things stabilized and resolved enough that trains can move through those tracks again safely than the potential alternative and their facing a slew of litigation that could have been avoided.