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    MAN Americana, NF D40LF 1000 series, NF DE40LF 800 series

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  1. March 2019 Bus Changes

    On the 147 change, it seems CTA has determined the bulk of the high ridership on the route from downtown in the PM rush is north of Randolph which jibes with my observations during those times I've ridden the 147 in PM rush times. A lot of those State Street riders are getting on the 146 and 148 from what I usually see. The 147 picks up a lot more when it's on Michigan Avenue. So that 2 to 3 minute headway in PM rush on the NB side shown in the schedule is needed more on Michigan Avenue and State Street riders should be able to make due with the 10 minute average headway that will remain for those buses that will still start at Michigan and Congress Plaza. But looking at the current schedule again more closely, it looks like CTA is actually correcting typographical errors and putting the R back next to the Randolph beginning trips that should be there but aren't, unless one wants to believe an artic on the route has actually been equipped with warp drive and starting at Michigan and Congress at 4:20 PM and making it to Michigan/South Water at 4:22 PM for example.
  2. More Bus Moves

    It's a Kedzie run created by CTA last year by using artics from Kedzie that would have otherwise deadheading down Lake Shore Drive into downtown and along the Ike back to the garage after completing a final trip on the 156 that terminated at Belmont/Sheridan.
  3. December 2018 Bus Changes

    He thinks Kedzie should get Novas whenever it trades out NFs during change of season reassignments and that K has something against Novas.
  4. 8325-Series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    We might have been wrong about 103rd getting the 8325s, but FG going all NF is still fairly unlikely. We already got the NW siders on the forum saying FG is the system stepchild. PLEASE do not put out scenarios that will increase that fuss.
  5. December 2018 Bus Changes

    Unlikely since bus operations managers also want the least number of different models at any one garage possible to cut down on that individual garage's costs from what it would cost them if they had to stay stocked in parts from a lot of different models. Add to that that we're talking about over 1000 NF diesels buses compared to one, 100, 200, and 450 each of the other existing models with all models having to be divvied between only seven bus garages. So the options of what to trade for is going to be severely limited still. So you're not going to see a trade for a model a garage doesn't already have or for a model that it already might have too many of from the start. K already has 80 some artics it doesn't know how to reduce its high spare ratio for (which is also the case for NP and 103rd with their artics btw), and it's not going to see any Novas of any generation. So the only choice is NF 1000 for NF 1000.
  6. New Flyer DE40LF 804 Out Of Service

    45 wasn't a concrete number. Remember the operative words here are UP TO 45 since CTA and just about every other TA in the US buys in base orders with one or more options if the TA has the money and determines more buses from the options would be needed. So 45 would be if CTA decides it wants the option from the contract. CTA ended up with 1030 NF diesels not because it put in a firm order for that many, but because it first took in a base order of a few hundreds and then exercised several options to bring the final tally to 1030.
  7. New Flyer DE40LF 804 Out Of Service

    But remember though that 18-20 years of service isn't mandatory for any TA. FTA guidelines say that standard bus life for a bus is 12 years if federal money is used in the purchase. So after 12 years and that bus has survived getting snagged by a total wreck retirement, that TA can retire the bus any time it wants as long it has adequate replacements available. What has kept CTA buses in service for 18-20 years has been the challenge of lining up the funds for the replacement series of buses. So in the case of the 5800s, the controversy wasn't that they were retired after 14 years because federal guidelines say that's allowed. The controversy was that CTA had just completed rehabs on the series only about two or years years prior, if memory serves correctly, leading to a lot of us at the time saying that CTA wasted money.
  8. December 2018 Bus Changes

    Not all garages have the same number of heavier serviced routes. For example, K's Lake Shore express routes only run during rush hour, and its artics only run on those routes in the PM rush as service on those routes in AM rush are serviced more by 40 footers. K's artics get more of their use and therefore mileage on the 151 and 156. NP by contrasts runs artics daily on Lake Shore Drive on both the 146 and 147 while also running artics daily on the 22 and NP's share of the 151. So in this case, artics from NP get more mileage put on them than those at K. But your example given in your original question had a lot to do with CTA bus operations wanting to try to get garage assignments of the 1000 series based primarily on numerical sequence.
  9. Flxible Metro B and E Garage Assignment

    Yeah I remember the lift issues that cropped up in their later years. I remember one on the 12 that the operator deployed to board a wheelchair at Western. That passenger was just making finishing paying his fare when what was apparently the lift's hydraulic fluid suddenly started gushing from the bottom of the bus. The lift was stuck in the up position that it was in to let the wheelchair roll into the bus. The bus had to be taken out of service obviously. I'm not sure how they got the wheelchair out though as I was transferring to a 49/X49 (this happened at about the time K was starting to get its second allotment of New Flyers and still had 6000s that hadn't yet been pushed to FG, 74 or 103) at the time.
  10. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    Speaking off the artics, all are parked system-wide including the surplus due to slick and wet conditions on LDS and the other roadways the artic routes use that likely still remain from the overnight snowstorm and the now windy conditions that might be causing blowing snow. So CTA will definitely need to rethink having 300 plus artics on hand when it comes time to replace the 4000s when part of the winter preparedness policy is that all artics get sidelined when a major snowstorm hits on the weekend.
  11. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    They can't be from 143 since that one is assigned to Kedzie and not North Park. Maybe midday 40 footers are also coming from some of those that might be on the 151 in AM rush. But the 40 footers one the 143 weekday AM rush are from K.
  12. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    I agree, but gotta point out one little tweaked needed to your point. I think you meant all other garages have their batch of 100 or so 7900s minus NP and Kedzie.
  13. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    It's highly doubtful any will go to 103rd, given CTA had already begun sending some 7900s that were already here from 77th per MRCTA85's stating he saw a couple there already when at work and other forum members stating a few other lower numbered 7900s outside what MRCTA85 already saw at his garage being missing in action from service starting about that time. The other factor in why I find it doubtful about 103rd is that CTA bus operations division has shown historically that it like putting small numbers like the 8325s option all in one garage when they assign them after the relevant delivery inspections and prep for operation. With the main intent for having any Novas at all at 103rd being for owl service, I don't think 8325-49 will have their revenue service home be there.
  14. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    But that was CTA wanted to test passengers' reactions to the all plastic seats. No one has mentioned any unique feature on 8325-8349 to justify spreading them around, and no the lack of a rear window doesn't cut it since CTA has 34 soon to be 35 years of experience with buses that have no rear window.
  15. December 2018 Bus Changes

    It makes sense that they did privatize the service because by the time we got to the final weeks of the 132, it was a struggle to fill even half the seats on CTA's 40 foot buses that were on route. And given CTA up what they were charging organizations for subsidized transit service, it's not too difficult to see how Mars came to the conclusion it was no longer worth it to them to pay CTA to provide service.