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  1. I saw this video directly on YouTube when you first posted it. Very nice shots.
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    Those aren't loans. Those are buses that were at South Shops for maintenance. As stated before, it the present home garages don't retrieve them in time after maintenance is completed, 77th which sits on the same land as the South Shops maintenance shops will send them out on runs for PM rush. This is a years long practice.
  3. Which shows that folks were looking for problems where it was stated several times over it wouldn't be. Yeah the pilot for all door boarding was announced for the south side with J14 and 192 as the pilot routes, but most people on the south side pay their fares and tap their cards just like everyone else in the city. That it happened that day on the 79 is a consequence of artics having moved from 103rd to 77th and K as part of the spreading out of artics among all the garages that have maintenance facilities for better social distancing on the buses.
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    Which falls in line with my observation that it wasn't likely that artics would leave C and 77th for fall. Looking at how COVID-19 will still be an issue for quite a while, we probably shouldn't expect artic to leave those two garages for the rest of the year or the first few months of next year at the earliest. That's possibly the earliest doctors will report having a workable vaccine since it's when the actual doctors, and not the political flunkies, said it's realistic to start seeing a human ready
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    With CPS starting the school year with remote learning, it seems the answer to that question depends on the universities as well as what happens with adult riders who are traveling to and from work as far as how many companies will continue the telecommute operations that have been able to do so these past several months. Fall pick is largely planned and scheduled around what goes on with the public schools. That's pretty much why it's the longest out of the seasonal picks and the summer pick the shortest. CPS already knocked away a need for more artics to handle teenage and younger passengers who use buses to get to and from the schools concentrated on the north side. The 22 for example, needed artics in AM rush and PM rush not because there was an increase in riders going to and from downtown, though that was a part. The 22 needed to go artic run in those periods more because there was an increase in families with kids living on the north side, and there was a big increase of students along with their parents in the case of younger kids using the 22 between home and school. And the 22 already had a high number of schools on or near the route before that increase. We're probably already at the peak of how many adult passengers are physically commuting to work on CTA buses rather than using the telecommute option. So depending on how many college kids are physically going to class versus doing the online class option, we might not see artic assignments change back from the current split between all five garages that are capable of housing and facilitating maintenance for present day 60 foot articulated buses
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    Something I suggested myself a couple weeks ago and agree with you about. Having actually ridden the 12 in both pre-COVID times and the current ones with the restrictions on maximum bus loads, That statement that the doesn't need artics at all is false. I'll agree with you that it didn't need the increase in artics to the degree that K had been operating with during this current pick and that K was mishandling their use, but saying the 12 doesn't need artics at all is categorically false On @YoungBusLover's observation of the 146 and 147's artic use in recent weeks, the 40 foot use on either route haven't really decreased as much as it seems, NP has just had artic deployment more in tune with the COVID service report's times of mildly higher passenger counts. As the passenger counts ease back into that green range, 40 foot buses are noticeably higher in number. The 147 for example consistently has maybe two 40 foot buses on the route from sometime during off peak hours up until the 4 PM hour of the evening rush. One of those tends to start its NB trip during the 2 PM hour and the other very consistently during that 3 PM hour since that one is always on the same weekday run and is the one I somehow always catch when leaving work on my 6 AM days. After that 4 PM hour 40 foot buses make a significant increase on the 147 for an almost even coverage of service alongside the artics for the rest of the service day between late PM rush and late evening. During AM rush the 40 footers tend to operate a high number of the SB short trips between Sheridan/Devon/Broadway and Michigan/Balbo. On weekends, service on 147 tends to be all runs except one or two run by artics during the early to late part of the morning transitioning to at least a quarter up to almost half the buses on the route being 40 foot buses by the time of the early to middle part of afternoon rolling around. With the 146, the 40 footers during weekday mornings look to be mostly on all the AM rush SB short trips that end at State/Harrison with the artics running most of the full trips in both directions. Off peak 40 foot buses may be doing two or three runs. On weekends, the 146 has been consistent run on at least a 50/50 split between artics and 40 footers, but with them deployed with the 40 foot runs running back to back and the artic runs back to back, such that one direction of the route can often be mostly artics and the other direction mostly 40 footers.
  7. Even then months from now in this hypothetical future that you're thinking too far in short term dynamics, CTA doesn't need to buy more artics. That issue you speak of can easily be solved by reassigning more of the artics CTA already has back to K and NP, and that's evidenced by the point I already made that the way artics were assigned before this current pick resulted in 100 artics parked daily during a normal pre-COVID weekday rush hour. The problem wasn't and still isn't that CTA didn't have enough artics. The problem has been that CTA wasn't efficiently assigning and using the ones it has at hand already. Some of the routes in question can be solved with improvements in headways and/or having more buses staged on standby. 21 for example runs on a 12-15 minute headway. If one bus is delayed due to traffic or any other reason, that's adding even more people at bus stops where people have been already waiting for a time period that allows a significant number to congregate at that stop. 55, 63 and 77 just aren't going to see artics because as has been mentioned numerous times over the years, maintenance bays at 74th and FG can't facilitate artics on top of the fact that FG's present layout doesn't leave room to store them properly. Also remember that red zone doesn't necessarily mean crowded in the traditional sense given that the current rule is max occupancy of a articulated bus should not be much more than 22 riders, but that it's more likely that riders for that route will run into more buses passing them up because they've reached their limit of allowed passengers and have to switch over to drop off service only until their passenger counts drop to allow any riders other than those already aboard. And yes, as CTA cautions that can be for only part of a route and not the entire way.
  8. I've ridden each of the NP routes you mentioned for rationale, and I can personally say that the numbers aren't there to justify more artics. Any larger loads are more from folks on my side of town still acting out of pack mentality and an overrated sense of entitlement more than anything else as evidenced by folks wanting to jam in that bus that comes first whether it be artic or 40 footer when there is literally another bus of that same route within eyesight one or two blocks away. And lo and behold that bus is carrying far less riders. Plus NP has been dispatching articts on the 147 for example in higher numbers much in line with what the published service monitoring reports say are busier times for that route. And if one looks closely enough at those reports, they will see that 147 spends many hours in the green zone of fairly light passenger loads and never pushes past the yellow zone of ridership, which according to the report means that ridership is higher but doesn't hit high enough that social distancing becomes too difficult. However south side routes like 3, 4, 6, and 79 spend most hours in the yellow and have still been hitting red zone very heavy counts at different parts of the day. The same has been true of the 20, 53 and 54. This is why we've seen the return of artics at C and 77th and an increase of them at 103rd, while artics at K and NP decreased. CTA has the published evidence that this is how the dynamics of ridership has changed given ridership is still largely essential and the city's essential workers are largely on the south and west sides. CTA doesn't really need more artics especially given folks keep forgetting the social distance component added to why more routes are seeing artic used than we're used to seeing. I would argue the present pandemic driven spreading out of artic assignments is more efficient given that before even when K, NP and 103rd kept their artic routes fully run with artics, 100 out of the 300 total artics CTA has sat parked at the garage and unused even during AM and PM rush periods. That dynamic was already a result of the last time CTA made the mistake of making a long term bus purchase for short terms conditions and reasons in the form of buying the 4300s to help cover the Dan Ryan replacement shuttle bus routes during the few month long total shutdown and rebuild of the Dan Ryan leg of the Red Line.
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    You're free to state your opinions, but not free of the responses they may bring. Words have consequences. You went down a path of pretty much saying that because you were an operator you know what an operator could or should have done in accidents to which you had no true details about other than the end results. Given that each operator is different and not all accidents are the same, that's rather arrogant. So you can't be surprised that others who are current operators would be offended by that especially given that drivers of the other vehicles transit buses are sharing the road with are more reckless in their driving than operators contended with in the past. And yeah there is the fatigue factor that's quite possible since last pick, for which just about all fell under the state and city lockdown caused by COVID-19, operators had to contend with taking on the brunt of more work caused by a significant number of runs going unfilled when others were out due to calling out sick, taking personal days, or being out on vacations. On top of taking up the slack, this also resulted in dealing with the stresses of being berated and yelled at because of the big gaps in bus service that were happening on an increasing basis. Operators had also been dealing with more people riding the bus than actually should or might have been because of buses effectively being free due to the rear door boarding and CTA not putting the Ventra card readers at the rear doors as they said they would. Add to that being yelled at by riders already on the bus because they passed up riders at bus stops once their buses got too full as a result of the increased nonessential riding caused by the suspension of fare collection. That last part was in spite of CTA announcing several times over that buses are now to operate at reduced maximum passenger loads and that buses would become drop off only and run express should the reduced capacity be reached. Simply put the work environment is different than that from when you last worked for the agency, and that difference is large enough for you not to be able to say to present operator that you know what their individual responses could and should have been at the instant either of them experiences an accident especially when you have zero knowledge or evidence of the contributing factors were leading to the accident.
  10. Actually two since 1930 is one of those last 100. But either way that's still something. It's not too much of a surprise though, because even before this pick, C had a tendency to keep just about all its 40 ft NFs parked during the weekends while running its Novas instead. The real surprise is that there were any NF 40 footers out at all during the weekend.
  11. That still sounds short somehow. I can't see Kedzie getting by with less buses in total than FG of all places. Somehow they must at least have more 40 foot buses than reported that they're getting by on after losing more than half their artics. 77th had to have given them something from its 40 footers in return for all those artics since that's where a lot of K's former artics went.
  12. Somehow you got an overcount going on with the artics at Kedzie and in turn an undercount somewhere with the 40 foots if K's total bus count is just shy of 250. You have their share of the 4000-4149 portion at 46, but the fleet numbers you list only brings that count to about 20. So you got the artic count 25 too high and somewhere among the 40 footers you must be short by about 25 if K is steady at 240 something current count for summer pick. It's still feels strange seeing 103rd now having the highest artic count of all the garages with its roughly 80 to 85. .
  13. With all the fests that tend to draw big crowds cancelled for the summer and a lot of people squeamish about coming out as much still, it's doubtful that it's going to happen before this pick ends. Just have to wait till the fall pick to see if bus assignments revert back to artics being stacked back up at K and NP. Yeah we're going into stage 4 Friday, but there will still be restrictions including CTA keeping its social distancing policies going. Plus stage 4 is the closest this state gets to normal without a vaccine happening, which medical experts say won't happen until next year at the earliest. You guys just won't be getting as many artics back any time soon. Everybody just has to take this one pick at a time and not try to jump too far ahead.
  14. So to expand on what I was telling @Shannoncvpi up above, I rode three routes today that have been known previously to see a larger number of artics on this first weekday of resumed fare collection: the 12 Roosevelt, the 22 Clark and 147 Outer Drive Express. Of course the 22 has dropped dramatically in artics on weekdays, and the 147 has gone to a third to half 40 footers depending on the day and the hour. I was one of only three passengers on the 22 on my ride from Elmdale (aka Peterson west of Clark) to Southport when previously at the same time of morning there would be at least 15 to 20 people on the bus even with it being very early in the morning. On the 12, there were no more than 7 or 8 folks max on the artic I rode from Paulina to State, when at the last time last Monday the count was double that. And on the 147, the 40 foot NF I rode from Van Buren to Bryn Mawr maxed out at 15 riders when last Monday at the same time, a different 40 footer I rode on the route maxed out at 25 while within the bounds of downtown before dropping down to about 12 at the moment before the bus hit the Drive. So the thinning out of artics at K and NP shouldn't be as much a concern as it might have been last week.
  15. If the weeding of some of that excess unnecessary play riding that I observed today holds you guys at K should be just fine with they remaining artics you have.
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