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48 minutes ago, Sam92 said:

 

 

 

That was actually from an interline. Later in the day and into the evening 3 and 4 interline at Chicago state terminal. And since #4 started getting regular artics again what you're seen is an artic popping up on #3 that was likely a #4 run earlier in the day. Matter of fact the screenshot shows that the artic was on the #4 most of the day before it did a run on King drive. Idk if it's still a thing or not but I actually remember a few overnight #4's would do a run on King drive before interlining and doing night car

Aw ok see I'm not too familiar with the south side runs since I work west but thanks for putting me on game to that no wonder I seen 4202 on the 3 in the day then later on thst night it was it was on the 4

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4 hours ago, YoungBusLover said:

You're correct on the interline part. However, most runs transition from king drive to cottage grove at time of night but I should of mentioned this yesterday evening that this was a late pull out from the garage which I found to be quite strange, the past few weekends runs haven't been getting filled throughout the course of the day on certain streets such as 79th,King Drive and Cottage Grove. I was lucky enough to get a relief last night while operating on 87th. I came straight into the garage area and saw three 4000's sitting idle waiting to pullout and one run was 380 which is a King Drive run while the other two were 678 and 679 which were night-owls on 79th. Normally all PM runs past 8 are filled will 7900's and the occasional #1000's. 

No I'm right because I'm automatically right 🤨😐 lol jk. Hmm I was wondering why the 7900's seemed to dominate after 8PM. I stay by Halsted and noticed that. I think the evening runs on 8 Halsted are mainly part time jsut to cover the hours of service without breaking union rules right? 

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2 hours ago, Sam92 said:

No I'm right because I'm automatically right 🤨😐 lol jk. Hmm I was wondering why the 7900's seemed to dominate after 8PM. I stay by Halsted and noticed that. I think the evening runs on 8 Halsted are mainly part time jsut to cover the hours of service without breaking union rules right? 

Lol you are most definitely right, It's a safety measure done at 77th based on what i've heard from our union reps and management of bus operations. All runs after 8 pm are required to have only #7900's on them and sometimes occasional #4000's on 87th and 79th for night-owls. If you're ever passing by 77th during the weekday around 8 or 9 pm you'll see a double row of 7900's lined up just north of the vault entrance awaiting operators to use for late runs that are usually the 2nd half or sometimes unscheduled if they didn't have a relief. I'm not sure if 74th or any other garage with 7900's follows the same guidelines as 77th but it could be a standard practice that may go into effect in the future.

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Seems that CTA has posted up a new COVID-19 Ridership Dashboard on their sites, giving data for each bus route on when during the day do their buses show the highest & lowest amount of ridership/passengers.

Link for the dashboard: https://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/6/Latest_Ridership_Dashboard_Info.pdf

The description follows:
”In June, we introduced the new Ridership Information Dashboard, which was created to help you better plan your trips and avoid traveling during heavy ridership periods.

The first component of this dashboard is a bus crowding report (.pdf). This report uses a color-coding system (Green, Yellow and Orange) to depict possible space availability for each bus route by hour based on the average, historic ridership during COVID-19 compared with the established capacity limits (i.e. 15 customers on a standard 40-foot bus, and 22 customers on a 60-foot articulated bus and each rail car).

To be updated weekly, the bus crowding report shows general capacity levels, based on prior two weeks of ridership, for each hour of the day—helping you determine the best times for their travel, especially customers who may have more flexibility on when to ride, and to help promote social distancing. 

We’re working on a similar crowding report for the rail system, and will launch that soon. 

Longer-term, we’re working on technology tools that would provide real-time information about capacity levels on buses and trains.”

 

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This is the only one of the prepaid boarding pilots that became permanent. I believe the others were Lake Shore/Belmont, State/Madison, and 69th Red Line. 

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11 hours ago, Tcmetro said:

This is the only one of the prepaid boarding pilots that became permanent. I believe the others were Lake Shore/Belmont, State/Madison, and 69th Red Line. 

I can see how the first two might not have lasted, but I’m surprised it didn’t last at 69th. Probably needs some sort manned enforcement though

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All of the prepaid boarding locations were manned. Basically, staffers make sure everyone taps their card. Can't remember how cash fares work. I wonder if CTA is bothering to continue it at Belmont Blue for the time being, given ridership is down so much. 

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1 hour ago, Tcmetro said:

All of the prepaid boarding locations were manned. Basically, staffers make sure everyone taps their card. Can't remember how cash fares work. I wonder if CTA is bothering to continue it at Belmont Blue for the time being, given ridership is down so much. 

It’s not, when I took that picture it was 4:##p on Monday

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1 hour ago, Tcmetro said:

All of the prepaid boarding locations were manned. Basically, staffers make sure everyone taps their card. Can't remember how cash fares work. I wonder if CTA is bothering to continue it at Belmont Blue for the time being, given ridership is down so much. 

Didnt they have a portable farebox? A farebox on a hand dolly?

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On 6/8/2020 at 4:59 PM, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

4 car pride parade wrapped train sitting in howard yard next to the shop 

Pride is now over. Did you have a chance to see the Train because I didn't. If you did, can you tell me the car numbers.

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1 hour ago, Marcin said:

Pride is now over. Did you have a chance to see the Train because I didn't. If you did, can you tell me the car numbers.

it was a 5690’s and 5240’s i didn’t see them it was in the yard 

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2 minutes ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

it was a 5690’s and 5240’s i didn’t see them it was in the yard 

Thank You. If you'll see the exact numbers please let me know.

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