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  1. CTA bus simulator releasing soon

    True but OMSI 2 has simulation of time periods as a big feature of the game. So it's possible to see some maps that feature GMC Fishbowls of the CTA #301 body type and some Nova Classics among the bus line ups. It's especially true of maps created by those who are fans of the North American bus types.
  2. Fall Schedule for Bus 2017

    And of course there are the usual changes we always expect at the transition to fall season service; beach services on 35, 63, 72 and 78 end, services on the 10 and 130 end until next summer*, and school trips added to various routes across the system. *Service on the 10 made summer season only last year starting with last year's fall pick service changes and the 130 does still have service hours for special events at the Museum Campus 2 hours before the event start and for about one hour after event end.
  3. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    I ride the Red Line so much more often than the Brown Line when I want to hop a train into downtown instead of 147 (or some other North Lake Shore express bus), that I totally forgot about that connection.
  4. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    No it benefits both directions since folks do have to get back home from the zoo, but I think it's more accurate to say it benefits riders who are going to the zoo from the west and south areas of the city and nearby suburbs than it would north side riders or those from Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette when looking mainly at foks using just the CTA to get there, which I think may have been the point you were looking to get to and make.
  5. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    Yeah that's true. But I was looking at it as a devil's advocate wanting to avoid a crowded bus point of view as the #22, #36, #151 and #156 can have heavy loads. And I'll flesh your subway point out to mean that the routes you listed don't link with a rapid transit station near the zoo since they all do so downtown. But folks are less likely to leave the train downtown to fight traffic on one of these buses, though folks can leave the Red Line at Chicago or Division and finish a short ride to the zoo on the #36.
  6. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    Yes both of your posts get down to it being a marketing problem. However, Lincoln Park Zoo was advertised as one of the spots highlighted as a destination on the #11 extension materials both from CTA and the community groups who put out materials. And Lincoln Park Zoo is only about a five minute walk away if you get off at the Lincoln/Webster stop. So on that front it boils down to how many being willing to make that fairly short walk. The fact that the extension is getting cancelled says not very many.
  7. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    True the neighborhood has changed, but from my observations of changing neighborhoods it takes time to change the perception especially when the overall dynamics have not changed. Yeah Ida B Wells is gone, but the perception of crime south of campus where it once stood has not. When I visit my old alma mater, most students there are still going north and west of campus on their free time. Those heading south of 35th, are still matching close to what I observed when I went there.
  8. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    Perhaps, but I've never known very many IIT students to go south of 35th Street even when I went there.
  9. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    One part of it I'm sure is the higher number of folks on the north side in those neighborhoods the #11 runs through who are more likely to click for an Uber or Lyft through their cell phones than on the south side in general added in to the #31 seemingly also getting some kind of benefit of IIT students who might be going to the Mariano's or running other errands along 31st Street.
  10. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    You're forgetting though that the #31 doesn't have to meet as high a passenger threshold as the #11 extension was setup to meet. It was setup to be a relatively light route since it was a light route when it was axed 20 years ago. So the interval isn't hurting it as much as you're reading into it. Also the 30 minute headway is actually a lot better than the one hour headway at its elimination back in the 1990s. As a matter of fact, some of us argued back when it was still a concept, that if they were going to bring it back that maybe a 30 minute minimum headway would probably be proper if they wanted to see any return make it past a test stage.
  11. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    I wouldn't be so quick to write off the #31 because that one is surprisingly showing growth toward its performance goal at a faster clip than the #11 was hoped to do. Despite those few reports from a few of just a handful being on the bus when they rode on the #31, it is still demonstrably benefiting from IIT students and a few other local passengers other than the main senior target audience. So why wreck service on the #35 running buses on Archer, when the #31 is showing credible progress on its own merits? As for others' questions about why the #31 doesn't go to the beach, anyone who has 31st Beach as their destination aren't going to wait 30 minutes for the #31 when the #35 is still the quicker option even with needing to get off at 33rd/Rhodes and take the short walk over to the beach since the #35 service to 31st Street Beach is weekends/holidays only during the summer season. The #31 works better for the other destinations that those riders are using it for.
  12. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    Yeah, I'm not too surprised that the 11 extension is biting the dust. It pretty much got to a point of being obvious that the extending of deadlines was pretty much delaying the inevitable. But at least CTA has management that's willing to test out different service resurrections for their plausibility against the current change in any demographics and environment along their routes that may have occurred since being eliminated. Even if the pilots fail, the CTA at least has more updated information it can point to than information that's years and decades out of date when demographic changes are part of the equation, especially rapidly changing ones. The 11 extension did have a higher number of viable destinations that folks may have wanted to go to when looking at the number of shops, restaurants, and other retail businesses along Lincoln compared to 31st Street. However, the 11's extension as structured due to CTA's limited resources couldn't compete with the higher number of folks who just opt for Uber and Lyft especially when most of the folks in the targeted area are on the traditional 9-5 weekday schedule and the extension's service is structured as 9-7 weekday service only on 15-20 minute headways. Extending or resurrecting service on the north side is tricky business compared to the south side because north side residents have more travel options already both from within the CTA itself and outside the CTA compared to those on the south side.
  13. PACE supervisors

    There was no innuendo. There was nothing wrong with BH's point. MY point though was simply that there are still things simply having more computers in and of itself ain't gonna fix. Yes Pace potentially has an easier and quicker time getting information about where roads might be blocked. But they still would need to actual human beings out there in those key spots to get info out to those passengers who get missed when getting the initial rounds of info out there.
  14. PACE supervisors

    Ummm I didn't make that statement to blame passengers for anything and don't really see where you're getting that anyway. I was merely pointing exactly what I just said which is not every passenger has that computer access to see ahead of time that a detour is in effect, though there may be some who have cell phones with internet access as Pace831 points out. But either one may not necessarily help the passenger who's out at an effected bus stop already as a particular detour goes into effect. Either way the point is that computers don't always make getting info out to passengers infallible, not to blame passengers or Pace for that matter since there's always going to be imperfections somewhere.
  15. PACE supervisors

    The high degree of computer usage by the agencies don't really mean anything to those folks out there who have no computer access or aren't really computer savvy. And as hard as it may be to believe in 2017, there are still a good number of passengers for whom this is still true.
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