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  1. jajuan

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    North Park has been using this bus since at least the week before last. It's been used primarily during the rush periods from what I've seen, given a lot of the observations have mostly been on NP's rush only LSD express routes and some of the rush only short trip runs of the daily LSD routes. Yeah it's quite true that this pandemic has forced CTA bus operations brass to rethink keeping artics stacked only at 103rd, Kedzie and NP only for a half of them to sit unused at the garage a good chunk of the time during daily operations and sitting waiting to hopefully be one of those lucky en
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    Yeah a good example I spotted yesterday was an artic on the 147 during PM rush that sported NP run number 908, which is a run number for the 97 Skokie.
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    Schedules for the 35, 63, 72 and 78 are now posted with effective date June 20, 2021 calling for beach service on those routes. You won't see it on the tracker for the 35 and 78 this evening though since those routes only have beach service on weekends only. But the tracker does show the 63 and 72 providing beach services.
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    Interlining with the 59 would be a no go anyway since that one is already interlined with the 55A, 55N, 62H, and depending on the day the 63W and 165. I've noticed the artic moves didn't change route deployments too much in that the 146 and 147 each still used a few 40 foot buses in line with what's been seen the last few months of the COVID restrictions on passenger loads. About the only change I noticed with NP is that the 22 and 151 operated with a high number of artics compared to 40 footers. 103rd must not have gotten artics back since the 6 and 26 still operated with a good number o
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    Probably not since only a small few 6400s went back into service.
  6. Your pic reminds me of the thought that I had at the announcement of CTA going with Nova for next base order of diesel buses that it would be nice if CTA could at least make the next Novas hybrids. MTA's BAE powered Nova hybrids make the diesel engines of CTA's more recent Novas even more boring than I already think them to be.πŸ˜‚
  7. Oh yeah, I can believe it. I take the 136 sometimes as an alternative to 147 on my home commute, and each time the passenger count rarely went past a number you could count on one hand. Only a few times since the pandemic started in full force, have I seen the count hit 10 to 15 passengers, and each time it was mainly because the bus was delayed or one on a trip following one that went unfilled that day. That was true of the route even after CTA boosted the reduced passenger with the rise in vaccinations before finally lifting the reduced limits altogether yesterday in conjunction with Chicago
  8. Yeah downtown is still hurting people wise. There are a few grumbles still of why 147 still sees as many standard size buses as it does (odd complaint to me looking at how the route is back to being heavily artic run compared to last year), but they fact that 40 footers on the route still rarely sees a large number of standees with the easing of passenger limits on the buses along with peak direction traffic on Lake Shore Drive still being pretty light during weekday rush periods speaks to how few people going into downtown outside of those who are down there shopping or there as out of town t
  9. I see it as resistance to change as well. It's pretty shameful really that Pace and even Champaign-Urbana's MTD both have a significant number of Xcelsiors and CTA only has a paltry two. The two electrics that they acquired to conduct their first tests of the viability of all electric battery powered buses in regular bus service.
  10. Sounds more to do with traffic beyond where the lanes are located than the lanes themselves. And you also pointed out that buses ahead of you on Chicago moving slower to keep from getting to far ahead on the schedule. We can blame the continuing effects on ridership for that one. The lanes can't fix those two issues. You'd probably be one of a small few guilty of that one because whenever I ride a 157 to connect to 147, I really see no other vehicles in the bus lanes except other buses. Even on Canal, enforcement and overall behavior of car drivers leave the lanes free of cars.
  11. Yeah and I'm wondering if CTA really sees improvements in Nova's A/C issues on the 7900s because if not, they theoretically could be looking to add 700 saunas to the roster on top of the over 400 they already have.πŸ˜‚
  12. They've definitely gotten better at being more efficient with artic assignments after social distancing spurred a need to spread the artics out at all garages that have maintenance facilities to handle them when repairs are needed. But I'd say we need to be cautious about taking these numbers with more than a grain of salt given that they actually have to regain the numbers lost because of the pandemic. And observing how passenger loads look on the 147 even on the 40 footers, which have become a bit more prevalent on the route than in the last pick, during the middle of PM rush shows me that C
  13. jajuan

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    Yup basically seeing signs that the city is getting a small step closer to a pre-COVID normal. We didn't see NP buses on 152 because of how everything got shutdown due to the pandemic. But with the Cubs having games at Wrigley Field again and some CPS high school students just recently started going back to in person classes these final couple of months of the school year, we were bound to see NP buses helping out on the 152 again. I wouldn't be surprised if there are similar sightings on other routes that have a second garage helping that route's primary garage with extra school day service.
  14. Like I said. Gaslighting and stereotyping. And how nice when one has to resort to petulant lashing out and name calling when his bad behavior is called out. And nice try since I and no else brought up race. Yours or anyone else's for that matter. SO obviously I must have hit some nerve that hits close to guilt. Whether you're black, white, or green with orange polka dots, it does not change your obvious bad behavior and the fact that you resort to gaslighting and stereotyping, just as everyone sees. My "snarky" remarks aren't turning anyone against you. Your own bad attitude and arrogance is d
  15. What truth? What you toss out is no hard truth. It's gross generalizations and gaslighting steeped in ridiculous stereotyping. So let's not play these silly games of faux innocence and confusions of why you get called out on the gaslighting games that you know you do. That "Old Skool Chicago" smoke and mirror shield you're trying to hide behind isn't going to fly here.
  16. San Diego's MTS has an electric powered Gillig low floor model that doesn't sound all that bad. The CPTDB wiki doesn't say what motor is in this particular model for MTS, but its entry for Gillig itself says that the Gillig low floor EV comes with a choice for either a BAESystems Series-EV electric motor or a Cummins Battery System motor. Given the growl that hybrid buses with a BAE engine and diesel buses with Cummins engines have historically had, it's no surprise that the electric Gillig low floors in San Diego don't sound all that boring. Not too much of a surprise since both end
  17. Given how hard it is to get transit capital projects funded even when local, state and the federal governments can get past partisan arguments long enough to get things done, I still say that personally I think the 2030 goal (LA County Metro), 2035 goal (MUNI and some other transit operators). and even the 2040 goal of our own CTA and some others are still somewhat overly optimistic. For one thing, the bus purchases have to be funded. CTA hasn't always been financially stable on that front, which is why it's used purchase piggybacks on existing contracts from other operators to obtain NF artic
  18. True for the most part, though the lanes take a bit more than simple restriping and had some repaving involved as they appear to be permanent red lanes and not simply existing road pavement that's been repainted. Plus the bike lanes have been enclosed with concrete barriers in addition to the city eliminating the leftmost travel lane and restriping it as a parking lane to replace the parking space that was in what's now the bus lane and that was also in what's now permanent protected bike lanes. Either way it highlights the level of complexity and amount of construction effort and time added w
  19. One thing, I've been meaning to mention since late spring/early summer of last year, is that Dearborn south of Wacker got red bus only lanes along that entire stretch from Polk up to Wacker. The interesting part for me when I noticed it last year was that the city managed to accomplish this for CTA buses without the few years of snarled traffic caused by construction as was the case with the installation of the Loop Link bus lanes and accompanying stations.
  20. Yeah from my experience in warmer day months of riding the 8325s that are assigned to FG, the buses were definitely relatively cooler than any of those from 7900-8324 that I've been on. I also chalk part of it being due to the windows being tinted so much darker and blocking out a significant amount of sun glare. That sun glare on the others can really make the inside of the bus warm up a lot and get uncomfortably hot since the A/C in those are so weak and can't keep up with the rapid pace the sun heats the bus up. This is why I avoid the 9/X9 when possible between late spring and early fall a
  21. CTA's press release about the purchase makes it sound like they'll look look 8325 and above. If so, that would be a plus as the tinted windows would block off a lot of glare from the sun and help the bus not get so hot like is the case with the original 425 newer Novas in combo with freaking weak A/C units.
  22. Oh yeah. that's right, via I-190, the bus terminal at Rosemont station, River Rd, and Balmoral. Didn't that change come about at the same time Pace cut 326?
  23. Yeah, I think the dates shown on the maps are more service effect dates and saying this is what overall service across the city and nearby burbs look as of this date, similar to that being the case on the individual route schedules, and not so much map publish dates as a lot of us have come to think of them. One other thing I just noticed is that while they do show Pace Pulse Milwaukee Line is in service, they don't show the limited stop pattern on the route. I guess they figure since it's a Pace route, it's more their responsibility to get that out there about the route. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  24. Well the last significant changes to service, the swaps of the north terminus points of the 52 and 94 and the extension of 157 to Pulaski Pink Line, were then with nothing new since. So it makes sense that the date on the map is June 2020. One thing I do notice is that they incorporated the solid and clear boxes around the route numbers the same as how they started using on the bus stop signs. And they confirmed my suspicions of how those boxes are used depending on the route type and its service pattern.
  25. Oh I know about the year A closed. I was speaking on that last three years the Flx 5300s were around from when the first 1000s came into service, which was at Archer in 2006, and when the last of them finally went out of service in 2009. (Those three years were also the years that deliveries of the 1000s were coming of course). The ones that were Archer did get spit between C, K and 3, but what few that had the Alcoa rims that were still active pretty much went to C and K. I think the 5300s that were at 3 in that time were getting squeezed out and pushed to C and K to replace those that were g
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