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4 hours ago, chicagocubs6323 said:

South Division?  Pace might have ordered more CNG El Dorados for the PULSE Halsted line.  Separate from the new 30ft bus order.

 

4 hours ago, Erin Mishkin Jr. said:

20501 is on the 349, 20504 is on the 352, 20502 is on the 395 as shown in the picture above, 20503 and 20505 are also on the 395. Is there a 20500 in this fleet?

This is an interesting development.   I thought PULSE DEMPSTER was next up to be implemented.   My question is how many CNG Eldorado Axxess buses have they ordered?  Will they stay st South or will they shift to Wheeling once that opens?  It may not be related but it may signal the remaining New Flyers will go to W.  

Someone mentioned that 30 fixed route 49 ft buses were in the 2020 budget.  Has that gone up for bid?  Are these new Axxess buses part if or will be that order?  Is this something undisclosed previously?

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1 hour ago, Tcmetro said:

From RTAMS:

Pace executed a change order to procure an additional 6 CNG buses using federal funds, those buses are expected to be delivered by July 2020. 

http://www.rtams.org/rtams/pmoProject.jsp?id=96

I thought the original order was for 91 CNG buses of which 20 were 2015s and 71 were 2017s. The way the link reads, it says the order was for 102 buses with Pace now adding 6 for a total of 108 nuses.  Until today,  zer could only account for 91, so should we expect another 17 total?  I guess they will go South for now, but I think some will make their way to Wheeling. 

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40 minutes ago, artthouwill said:

I thought the original order was for 91 CNG buses of which 20 were 2015s and 71 were 2017s. The way the link reads, it says the order was for 102 buses with Pace now adding 6 for a total of 108 nuses.  Until today,  zer could only account for 91, so should we expect another 17 total?  I guess they will go South for now, but I think some will make their way to Wheeling. 

There are 11 18500s, so there should only be 6 20500s.

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51 minutes ago, Pace831 said:

There are 11 18500s, so there should only be 6 20500s.

I don't remember the 18500s even coming. I'm not out fsr south anymore. But that makes it add up.  

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11 minutes ago, ycu2455 said:

Today's 20500 on 349. (LED off)

 

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That's strange no Pace logos. Where is this bus from? No cngs are expected for 2 years still. Maybe a demo prototype?

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8 minutes ago, BusHunter said:

That's strange no Pace logos. Where is this bus from? No cngs are expected for 2 years still. Maybe a demo prototype?

These eventually will be Pulse buses.   The question is where they will be for Pulse,  Dempster,  Halsted,  or 95th?

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12 minutes ago, artthouwill said:

These eventually will be Pulse buses.   The question is where they will be for Pulse,  Dempster,  Halsted,  or 95th?

Yeah I see that now. The other buses dont have the highway windows. They said they can order a maximum of 250 buses under this contract. So it sounds like Eldorado will be the exclusive provider of cng. At least for now. Dont know if wheeling needs more than 140 buses. I dont think they do. 

So if they go to Dempster pulse or really to supplement Milwaukee Pulse right now, I wonder if possibly hikers or mechanics could fuel the buses up at wheeling and store them in des plaines if that's not too nuts of an idea. Could always store them in wheeling but someone is going to have to do pullouts from wheeling. 

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On 9/22/2020 at 5:30 PM, John7 said:

They don't have those LED screens like 6510-21. If they don't have rear doors then these are probably like 6377-91 & 6485-6509 for routes 877/888.

But then why dont they have a pace logo? Maybe they are slated to get highway wraps but there is no flex lane slated south of 95th on I-294. So bus cant be on shoulder then. 

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2 hours ago, BusHunter said:

But then why dont they have a pace logo? Maybe they are slated to get highway wraps but there is no flex lane slated south of 95th on I-294. So bus cant be on shoulder then. 

Only way we can know is to check the interior. if they have chargers and large TV screens on the interior like 6510-21 then they're pulse buses. If they have chargers, no rear doors and vinyl seats like 6377-91 they're for routes 877/888 when they operate again. 

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37 minutes ago, John7 said:

They are pulse buses. However I doubt 6 buses is enough for the halsted pulse service. 

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Those purple lights look very interesting at night so that’s a nice touch

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