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  1. Oh, I understood your Mark Felt references. It's not exactly obscure history that he was the Deep Throat of the investigation into the Watergate scandal. It's just that analogy didn't/doesn't apply to me, so I didn't feel compelled to reply. Not sure to what you are referring. I'm not suggesting that every preacher on the south side knows as a fact about the planned closure. If I wrote something that seemed to imply that, or was so obscurely written that it misled you to infer that, please point it out. That would surely be worth a clarification. Well, this is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. You weren't exactly speaking (or writing) in code when you posted that "you don't have to give real identifying information" in this post from Feb 2012. And you were even more clear about not providing real, identifying information in an August 2008 post, where you stated about the registration page: "But apparently you provided real identifying information. I didn't." So, for you to imply that I spilled the beans on how to download a procurement document is, at best, disingenuous. In fact, I learned how to do it from you, here on this site. Thanks.
  2. Indeed, as indicated by the Tattler. Which is why I linked to the Tattler twice - to two different Tattler stories on this topic. Do the attribution links not show up on your browser? What's with the animus? Have I offended you?
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    You can register to download with a fake name, address and email address. (John Doe, 123 Main Street, Anytown, IL, jdoe@noaddress.com) They don't appear to verify any of the information. They probably request the information so that if there are changes or addendums to the RFPs or other documents they can email potential vendors a notice to that effect. Often big projects have several addendums with more information or a revised due date, and having a list of interested bidders is a good way to get the revised info out.
  4. Work at Granville station has started. It closed Friday night, June 1, as announced weeks before. What they didn't announce until Thursday was that other nearby stations (Loyola, Morse, Jarvis) were going to have limited service for the weekend - northbound service only. It's not a surprise because of limited crossovers in that area, but it is a surprise the CTA waited so late to announce it. Also, according to the CTATattler (see links below)*, it was a big surprise to the alderman and community around Morse when Morse ave and Glenwood ave were closed off to traffic on Thursday morning with no notice. Looks like someone at CTA (the construction manager??) dropped the ball on that one. ________ * Edited to further clarify the source of this linked information, 6.3.12, 9:16 a.m
  5. (starting a new thread since this topic really didn't fit under the Red-Purple Modernization thread) It looks like the Dan Ryan branch track project is going to roll out as someone else originally projected many weeks ago – a complete shutdown of the south branch of the Red Line from just south of Roosevelt to 95th. Subsequent to that post, I had heard that the CTA was going to offer a second option of weekend-only work for 4 years, but that the preferred plan was the complete 5-month shutdown. They had decided to present the second, weekend-only option, in order to give the appearance that they were offering the community and aldermen an option. Well, it now looks like the weekend-only closures option is not seriously being considered. They are going with the complete shutdown plan. The complete Dan Ryan branch shutdown will begin in spring 2013 and last through the summer. The details are basically as Mayfield laid out weeks ago: Red Line will shut down completely from south of Roosevelt station to 95th in spring 2013 The shutdown will continue for 5 months Southbound Red line trains will be rerouted to Green line tracks after stopping at Roosevelt and will serve all Green line stops to Ashland/63rd Express bus shuttles will run from Garfield Green station to 63rd, 69th, 79, 87th, and 95th Red. there will be other additional supplemental bus service One thing that changed since Mayfield outlined this plan is that the CTA intends to offer some free and discounted fares to some riders affected by the shutdown. This helped to ensure the support of the aldermen, at least in one office I am aware of. Not sure of the extent of these free fares. This is still under discussion. I heard possibly free shuttle buses and free fares boarding at Garfield Greenline station. Also, the CTA has reached out to and received the support of the Chicago Urban League (for support on hiring issues?). As I hear it, the big selling point is the number of jobs this project will create. This information is for your information and discussion. I have no official proof I will post, and no official sources I will identify. Doing so would probably cut off my source of info. .
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    I'm confused by the double-negative. Are you saying CTA is NOT going to buy any diesels, that they will only buy hybrids?
  7. newport

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    Nope, no linkable source that I can find - it doesn't appear CTA, Seattle or New Flyer has posted anything yet. Don't know what you are talking about. I never brought up the discussion of the Red Line closure. After someone else posted it, I commented that I had heard the same thing. And I only made one post about it. Not sure how that counts as "keep bringing that up". Actually, I thought it was only $30 million that Durbin announced. Was there another $10 mill I missed? Nice unnoted post edit ;-) but I think that old New Flyer announcement is a topic you have covered pretty well - for years. (BTW, When you change your original post, isn't it good form to note that?)
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    Another obvious possible use for these which I should have included would be for the mis-named BRT plans CDOT has announced.
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    CTA is apparently ordering more New Flyer artics. King County Metro has been working with New Flyer and CTA so that CTA can purchase 100 New Flyers that Seattle (King County) changed its mind about. Based on King County's order, the low-floor artics will be a mix of diesel and diesel-electric engines. 67 Diesel and 33 diesel-electric hybrids. New Flyer will begin to deliver the buses late this year and delivery will be complete in 2013. Now the question is: are these buses merely intended to replace the Novas which began service in 2000 and 2001 (12-year-useful life) or are these buses needed to provide additional bus service and bus shuttles when the Red Line shuts down next year? I don't know when New Flyer or CTA will announce this, but the cost of assuming these buses from Seattle's contract will run between $70-80 million.
  10. Why so dismissive if the info isn't announced in a press release (or announced by Claypool)? So CSL isn't Mark Feld - it's still interesting info and led me to look for more details. Here's the link to the contract opportunity . It confirms CSL's info, but raises even more questions. Art, Cta5750, others - any insight?
  11. I heard something almost identical. I'm sorry, I can't identify my source (other than to say I believe he/she is credible and is in a position to know this information). That said, I heard basically the same info as Mayfield detailed. The only difference is that after this plan was leaked (including here), the CTA decided to go to the public with two options for the DanRyan reconstruction instead of just one for five months. The other option they will present in public meetings is one they have already discussed internally and discarded. That plan would involve 4 years of weekend construction, complete shutdowns on weekends of the whole DanRyan line sometimes and sometimes just staggered sections of the line. It would take more money (about $40mill) and require frequent changes to the alternate service plans (shuttles, reroutes, bus service, etc.). CTA construction thinks the five month plan is significantly better and more efficient than the four year plan, but they will present both options to the public and the elected officials. (That still doesn't necessarily mean they are going to really consider it.) The details of these plans will be announced VERY soon. The elected officials are getting antsy that they are hearing rumors but no details. And yes, the CTA is likely to say that the five month plan involves the south Red line being re-routed, not that it is being shut down. Sounds much better that way.
  12. newport

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    Apparently, the Trib likes the Holiday Train. http://www.chicagotr...1128-2-20111128,0,1889781.column Elves - photo
  13. A friend at a department of Aging senior center says there has been been a major shift in how the free rides program information is being coordinated. Apparently, from the time the new law passed last winter, the RTA insisted on taking control of how to end the free rides program and transition to the new program. Since the law affects all three service agencies, and the RTA had the money, they coordinated how to inform seniors and get the new cards out. Seems to makes sense, but one problem was the RTA didn't seek input from the service agencies. The CTA expressed concern that there wasn't a more coordinated outreach plan ( think RTA webinars and video) by the RTA, and their (CTA) reps began reaching out directly to senior centers. They also put a new automated announcement on the buses about the end of the free rides program and created signage for buses, trains, and stations. According to my friend, things came to a head when the CTA found out that the RTA was sending out the new cards without any information about HOW to use the new cards. CTA jumped in and printed brochures explaining how to use the cards, bought ad time on radio explaining the program, had their own press event to get the attention of seniors and media, and scheduled several days where staff will target stations and buses which have high senior usage. They are passing the brochures out to anyone who will have contacts with seniors: senior centers, elected officials, church groups, and putting them in all stations. The problem is that this is targeting only CTA customers. Metra and Pace customers are still left underinformed by the RTA. They are probably going to have to rush and spend money to get info out to their senior customers. This is gonna be a mess.
  14. I've watched the show often on TV and online. Some of the topics are interesting. Do you really think that the new host Omar Barragan is better than the previous ones? I think he is a big step down from the people they had before - TV/radio personality, Jeane Sparrow, and actor, Dane(?) Rivero. He always looks (and sounds) like he is having trouble reading his cue cards. (Do you actually listen to him or just read the captions?) I find him painful to listen to even though I find the show interesting. I particularly like the episodes about CTA Towers and the IIT tube. And the old pictures.
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