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31 minutes ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

looks like the seats are also made by Freedman seating up in humboldt park

I took a closer look at the seats when i zoomed in on the picture. They are obviously plastic but they might not be the hard plastic which they use on the novas. It may be like the seats new flyer #1342 has on its bus. 

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1 hour ago, John7 said:

I took a closer look at the seats when i zoomed in on the picture. They are obviously plastic but they might not be the hard plastic which they use on the novas. It may be like the seats new flyer #1342 has on its bus. 

if you look on the 7900’s and 8325’s you’ll see they look the same except for no blue color to them on the sides and and stuff

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10 minutes ago, $100KBusoperator said:

Looks like theses bus will go in service with the Spring Pick

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Possibly.   CTA had to accept the prototypes and accept the deliveries, which may depend,  in part, on successful charging at one or both ends of the route.   But this does bring the Proterras one step closer. 

Somewhat related,  I saw one of the Prudential Proterras turning east onto Washington from Canal.  If I hadn't seen it,  I wouldn't have known it was there.   That's how quiet this bus was.  Sometimes I know a bus is nearby by its sound,  even if it is not in immediate sight.  That won't be possible with these.  If you happen to hear the electric motors, more than likely you have already missed the bus.

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1 hour ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

both buses have been moved to inside of SS maybe painting? i seen em while circling around 77th tryna spit them today sorry but no pictures didn’t wanna step into a tresspass

They've been moving around quite a bit lately but there not even close to getting any livery put on them yet. They don't even ventra card readers or fareboxes placed in them yet. 

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2 hours ago, YoungBusLover said:

They've been moving around quite a bit lately but there not even close to getting any livery put on them yet. They don't even ventra card readers or fareboxes placed in them yet. 

I remember before the production models started arriving there was a demo on the property at Chicago. I figured that was so maintenance, mechanics, etc could get a feel for them early on, resulting in a speedier entry to service.

Boy was I wrong...

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10 hours ago, WCR said:

I remember before the production models started arriving there was a demo on the property at Chicago. I figured that was so maintenance, mechanics, etc could get a feel for them early on, resulting in a speedier entry to service.

Boy was I wrong...

chances are they waiting till the charging station is done at chicago/austin then install card reader and farebox then they start testing in the new livery

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6 hours ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

chances are they waiting till the charging station is done at chicago/austin then install card reader and farebox then they start testing in the new livery

That doesn't correlate to the charging stations construction, Bus operators still have to receive training on them before they're placed in revenue service. The buses have been in CTA's possession for several months now and as of today they haven't received the full order of the proterras. 

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