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Well I was out there. They have no fleet numbers on the buses unless you look at license plates, there's no way to differentiate between them. But they seem to have all different color wraps. Blue, black, pink, purple, yellow, two orange ones, a green one. I couldn't tell if maybe they had two of each color wrap but they might. I took some pics I'll upload tonight. All the destination signs were blank. Dang it!! ?

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15 hours ago, BusHunter said:

Well I was out there. They have no fleet numbers on the buses unless you look at license plates, there's no way to differentiate between them. But they seem to have all different color wraps. Blue, black, pink, purple, yellow, two orange ones, a green one. I couldn't tell if maybe they had two of each color wrap but they might. I took some pics I'll upload tonight. All the destination signs were blank. Dang it!! ?

Well here's pics from last night

aon shuttle purple.png

aon the fleet pink bus 2.png

aon the fleet yellow bus front.png

aon the fleet yellow bus side 12-5-16.PNG

the fleet orange and black buses 12-6-16.PNG

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13 minutes ago, Busjack said:

Lesson #1: Never stick a dinosaur's tail in a light socket.

The phone number appears to be for The Telos Group LLC, which is the leasing agent for the two buildings, so no hint on who is operating the bus (unless the management company is also into hiring bus drivers).

The first picture, when zoomed in, the white sticker below the phone number shows USDOT 665732. Which is for SP+ Transportation, the same company that owns Standard Parking. Their website (www.spplus.com) shows Shuttle Driver openings in Chicago.  

Looks like Free Enterprise lost this contract.

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15 minutes ago, jesi2282 said:

The first picture, when zoomed in, the white sticker below the phone number shows USDOT 665732. Which is for SP+ Transportation, the same company that owns Standard Parking. Their website (www.spplus.com) shows Shuttle Driver openings in Chicago.  

Looks like Free Enterprise lost this contract.

Good eye (or better knowledge what the sticker means).

The sticker has an SP+ logo, and if I had looked closer at the phone number, I would have seen "telos."

At least the headquarters are another client (200 E. Randolph), and I guess this eliminates the question about where they can stash and recharge the buses.

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6 hours ago, jesi2282 said:

The first picture, when zoomed in, the white sticker below the phone number shows USDOT 665732. Which is for SP+ Transportation, the same company that owns Standard Parking. Their website (www.spplus.com) shows Shuttle Driver openings in Chicago.  

Looks like Free Enterprise lost this contract.

That explains why I didn't see any Proterra buses at the lot on Throop when I went searching for those buses.   Free Enterprise still had the coaches and the transits that run the Northwestern shuttles. 

 

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On 12/5/2016 at 5:59 PM, BusHunter said:

Well I was out there. They have no fleet numbers on the buses unless you look at license plates, there's no way to differentiate between them. But they seem to have all different color wraps. Blue, black, pink, purple, yellow, two orange ones, a green one. I couldn't tell if maybe they had two of each color wrap but they might. I took some pics I'll upload tonight. All the destination signs were blank. Dang it!! ?

Looks like each one is a different livery, has a different name on the front and Back and does have a number on the back under "The Fleet" emblem.

Chi Spark is #7.

From the tribune article "Each of the 10 new buses will be a different color and feature a different sea creature, including a mint green bus sporting a black octopus with tentacles twisting around Chicago skyline skyscrapers. The nautical theme is a play on the "fleet" of buses."

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2 hours ago, busfan2847 said:

Looks like each one is a different livery, has a different name on the front and Back and does have a number on the back under "The Fleet" emblem.

Chi Spark is #7.

From the tribune article "Each of the 10 new buses will be a different color and feature a different sea creature, including a mint green bus sporting a black octopus with tentacles twisting around Chicago skyline skyscrapers. The nautical theme is a play on the "fleet" of buses."

Wow i didn't even pick that up that each bus has a different theme but yeah the purple one has some sort of lizard like creature on it. Hence the busjack reference which completely went over my head!! xD Maybe it's an eel. That's the Chi Amped bus. Not seeing where your seeing the number. Wait a minute let me zoom this up. Chi Spark looks like it has a mermaid on it.

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2 hours ago, BusHunter said:

the purple one has some sort of lizard like creature on it. Hence the busjack reference which completely went over my head!! xD Maybe it's an eel.

Not a dinosaur (I thought it was a reference to lakefront attractions), but maybe a manatee with something stuck in the lamp socket.

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18 hours ago, BusHunter said:

Wow i didn't even pick that up that each bus has a different theme but yeah the purple one has some sort of lizard like creature on it. Hence the busjack reference which completely went over my head!! xD Maybe it's an eel. That's the Chi Amped bus. Not seeing where your seeing the number. Wait a minute let me zoom this up. Chi Spark looks like it has a mermaid on it.

The number is on the back. I have put a red box round it's location on the attached picture.

Chi Circuit is #3

 

18 hours ago, BusHunter said:

 

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Ok down here in Proterraville again. Already got some good pics. Wth one of the buses says 22 under the rear fleet emblem. There's only 10 buses. I'm really confused now!! O.o

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Well here are my shots for tonight

i guess you can start singing "we all live in a yellow submarine' cause that's what this looks like. unfortunately no autographs on board from Paul McCartney.

proterra yellow.png

here's the back, says N22. Like can they make this box any smaller!! xD just noticed not only is the bus theme on the rear it's on the lower quarter panels and front ad rack

chi charge bus number n22.png

Hands down my favorite Proterra, with a shark on there. Try not to get bit!!

chi resistor.png

Says Chi Resistor is N28

chi resistor is 28.png

Chi Flow looks like it has a Frogman on it

proterra aquaman.png

Says that it's N24

proterra chi flow looks like bus number 24 aka aquaman.png

Next is Chi Jolt; it has a guy riding a seahorse

chi jolt.png

says the number is N29; I was trippin at Union station because this same bus looks green over there and here it's yellow. Too much bushunting for me I guess or a color changing wrap.

chi jolt take 2.png

then i got a shot of this octopus bus, but i don't what it's called or it's number but you get to see the octopus anyway.

proterra octopus.png

While not the best pic of the Chi Spark it does say it's bus N27.

chi spark 27.png

Interesting though. Now can i pick up my paycheck for all these free promotionals of Aon and the proterra buses. It was cold out there too. No I'm not crazy, I'm a bus enthusiast!! 9_9xD

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48 minutes ago, BusHunter said:

http://Theinvestor.jll/news/americas/no1/no-emissions-no-problem-for-countrys-first-electric-corporate-bus-fleet/

They show more of the Proterra buses on the official press link from JLL. Turns out the octopus bus was in the press conference.

Something happened to the link, but if you click on Americas you can get the story.

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12 hours ago, BusHunter said:

Says that it's N24

proterra chi flow looks like bus number 24 aka aquaman.png

Great pictures. After zooming in on the tiny number box, I think it actually says No. 4 (with the o underlined) rather than N24.

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1 hour ago, Pace831 said:

Great pictures. After zooming in on the tiny number box, I think it actually says No. 4 (with the o underlined) rather than N24.

Its so small you need a magnifying glass to see it. How do they expect anyone to see it? I'll have to check that out though. I was having trouble myself seeing it in person at night and my vision is good.

Yeah your right it is NO son of a gun!! I guess the night was playing tricks on me!!

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On 12/10/2016 at 3:57 PM, busfan2847 said:

Just realized the number and name is also under the drivers window. The Octopus is Chi Relay but I cannot see what the number is.

http://www.metro-magazine.com/sustainability/news/717320/proterra-to-deliver-u-s-first-fully-electric-commercial-bus-fleet

Found a bigger photo. Chicago Relay is No1

1 Chi Relay  Blue  Octopus

2 Chi Charge Yellow Submarine

3 Chi Circuit

4 Chi Flow  Orange? Frogman

5 Chi Current   Pink  Lobster

6 Chi Amped Purple Electric Eel

7 Chi Spark Pink Mermaid

8 Chi Resistor Blue Shark

9 Chi Jolt Yellow Seahorse

10 ?

The only one not identified is 10. There is a green bus with an arm coming out of the water with a trident as in TC Metro's image on the first page and I saw No. 3 but was dashing for my train and did not notice what the color or design was.

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16 hours ago, busfan2847 said:

Found a bigger photo. Chicago Relay is No1

1 Chi Relay  Blue  Octopus

2 Chi Charge Yellow Submarine

3 Chi Circuit

4 Chi Flow  Orange? Frogman

5 ?

6 Chi Amped Purple Electric Eel

7 Chi Spark Pink Mermaid

8 Chi Resistor Blue Shark

9 Chi Jolt Yellow Seahorse

10 ?

The only ones not identified are 5 and 10. There is a green bus with an arm coming out of the water with a tri-spear as in TC Metro's image on the first page and I saw No. 3 but was dashing for my train and did not notice what the color or design was.

There is a black one its in one of my pictures. I never have seen the green one. 

If I dont get snowed in on monday or Tuesday maybe I can go look for it.

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On 10/28/2016 at 10:01 PM, artthouwill said:

Actually they park their buses  on Laf lin around 23rd street.   So the deadheading issue is voided. 

Art;

Are the buses heading east on Cermak after 3:30pm and then northbound on Michigan?

I saw one Wednesday from the Cermak/McCormick station as the train I rode approached. By the time I got to Cermak and Michigan [to get a southbound #3] the Protera was nowhere in sight. xD

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7 hours ago, geneking7320 said:

Art;

Are the buses heading east on Cermak after 3:30pm and then northbound on Michigan?

I saw one Wednesday from the Cermak/McCormick station as the train I rode approached. By the time I got to Cermak and Michigan [to get a southbound #3] the Protera was nowhere in sight. xD

Gene

That is the Free Enterprise bus park. The Electric buses are operated by SP Transportation (same lot as Standard Parking). I do not think we know where they are based?

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3 minutes ago, busfan2847 said:

Gene

That is the Free Enterprise bus park. The Electric buses are operated by SP Transportation (same lot as Standard Parking). I do not think we know where they are based?

I don't know, but if I were putting money, it would be somewhere in the bowels of Millennium Garage, especially since the only maintenance facility needed are some chargers.

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