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Old December 14th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #961
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Happy Holiday? CTA Holiday Train & Bus? So it's not Christmas any more?
And there is no more Christmas tree either? Just 'Holiday tree'?
Who's that guy in red then? Its not Santa Claus any more? It's a Holiday Claus now?

So pathetic!
What's pathetic is when government funded entities promote religion
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Old December 14th, 2015, 06:21 AM   #962
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Old December 14th, 2015, 09:15 AM   #963
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Happy Holiday? CTA Holiday Train & Bus? So it's not Christmas any more?
And there is no more Christmas tree either? Just 'Holiday tree'?
Who's that guy in red then? Its not Santa Claus any more? It's a Holiday Claus now?

So pathetic!
Christmas is considered a holiday in the US, and it's part of the same time of year in which people commonly say this greeting, so the term Happy Holidays is a Christmas greeting. But there are also several other holidays this time of year, and since the government represents everyone, it wants to wish those who celebrate other holidays a pleasant holiday as well.
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Old December 14th, 2015, 09:29 AM   #964
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What's pathetic is when government funded entities promote religion
At one time Christmas was a religious holiday, but nowdays that's no longer the case. Currently it's a mainstream secular holiday celebrated by people who are religious and non-religious alike. There are some for whom it holds religious significance, but for many others it's simply a fun festival and a part of popular culture.

At one time everyone celebrated it by going to a church service called "Christ Mass" but now the most popular festivities are a fancy dinner, exchanging gifts, and having fun. The central figure used to be a Christian called Saint Nicholas, but the figure has since been given a secular name called Santa Claus. People always used to say "Jesus is the reason for the season" but the reality is, many aspects of Christmas pre-date Christianity and were part of European culture carried over from before they converted. Jesus' manager wasn't below a Christmas tree. And there was no mistletoe in the stables. Nor was there any yule log or holly. Every human culture has festivals and celebrations, and if ours wasn't this, it would be something else. In other words, we are the reason for the season. Whether we're religious or not.

I hope this isn't too off topic.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 03:41 AM   #965
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No, no. We're off-topic at this point. Lets get back to the Loop.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 07:38 PM   #966
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What's funny is Falubaz trolled the same thing last year:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=679
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=684

Seems he/she has some sort of Santa Claus fetish.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #967
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What's funny is Falubaz trolled the same thing last year:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=679
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=684

Seems he/she has some sort of Santa Claus fetish.
I thought it sounded familiar.

(sigh)

Well, at least its just another ten days.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:38 PM   #968
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Anyway, back on topic, buses on Washington and Madison streets in the Loop will start using dedicated bus lanes on 2015.12.20

http://www.transitchicago.com/looplink/

http://chi.streetsblog.org/2015/12/1...s-this-sunday/




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Old December 16th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #969
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Old December 19th, 2015, 05:43 AM   #970
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 02:49 AM   #971
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Buses have begun using the dedicated bus lanes in the Loop ("Loop Link").

















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Old December 25th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #972
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Very nice

I used bus sytem in Chicago in 2009 and I was impressed by its quality, now with dedicated lanes in some areas it has to be awesome.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 03:48 PM   #973
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The answer is usually history. Different companies, different unions, different equipment, different track or electric power. Institutional inertia can be one of the hardest things to overcome in transit.

Paris, Munich, Perth, and Philadelphia managed to do it, but few other cities ever did.

Bion J. Arnold's 1914 scheme for through-routing steam road commuter service through downtown Chicago is online here. It still makes a lot of sense to me:



Hooker, George Ellsworth. Through Routes for Chicago's Steam Railroads. City Club of Chicago, 1914

1. IC to C&NW North Line via a new subway under St. Clair and Ohio
2. Rock Island, NYC, and C&WI to C&NW Northwest Line via a new subway under LaSalle and Ohio
3. Alton, Wabash, and Pennsy to Milwaukee Road lines via Union Station
4. Burlington to C&NW West Line via Union Station
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Old December 31st, 2015, 06:15 AM   #974
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The 18km of subway tunnels are now all wired with 4G internet access, although I was getting LTE down there today.
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Hello,

Did Chicago plan a Tramsystem like Portland or Atlanta?
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 06:50 AM   #976
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Did Chicago plan a Tramsystem like Portland or Atlanta?
At the moment, no. But there is one such proposal from local visioneers:
http://chicagostreetcar.com/

Though it's not plan from officials
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 04:20 PM   #977
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There was a plan to build it along the Ogden Ave and (not sure if i remember it right: also Randolph). But it died, i guess.
There were also rumors about BRT lines (Ashland) and a new L-route - the circle line. But it all disappeared. Chicago isnt the best place for public transportation if you dont live next to the L-station.
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There was a plan to build it along the Ogden Ave and (not sure if i remember it right: also Randolph). But it died, i guess. There were also rumors about BRT lines (Ashland) and a new L-route - the circle line. But it all disappeared. Chicago isnt the best place for public transportation if you dont live next to the L-station.
Busses are underrated. They deliver more service than the trains and virtually the entire population is within 1/2 mile of a bus stop.
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Sure, the problem might be the frequency plus on many streets there is often just 1 line, which means you need to change buses more often. In the suburbs it looks really poor. I lived some time in there and there was a bus only every 30mins.
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There aren't many plans for transit expansion in the Chicago region. There are many studies, but few will ever possibly be constructed.

Priority #1 seems to be the Red/Purple reconstruction on the north side. Phase 1 includes reconstruction of 4 stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Bryn Mawr, and Berwyn), as well as a flyover for NB Brown Line trains at Clark Junction. Wilson is currently being reconstructed.

CTA is also planning a rebuild of the Blue Line on the West Side, from Clinton to Forest Park. This will likely be a Red Line/Dan Ryan style reconstruction, but more comprehensive. Western, Pulaski, and Cicero stations are likely to be relocated slightly, Forest Park terminal moved, and the yard at Forest Park expanded. Also, there is a possibility that some of the shuttered stations may be reopened.

Ashland BRT is a "real BRT" project, that is in the planning stages. Supposedly, the plans are on hold because of concerns about taking away space from autos and restricting left turns. This project likely is the replacement for the Circle Line, which according to the CTA website is still under study.

The 130th St extension of the Red Line would bring rapid transit to the underserved Roseland and Altgeld Gardens neighborhoods. New stations would be opened at 103rd, 111th, 115th/Michigan, and 130th. This is the only extension of rapid transit in the Chicago area that seems politically palatable.

Lake Shore Drive is under study for reconstruction on the north side. Currently, there are many high ridership express buses in this corridor. Light rail and bus rapid transit are possibilities, but there are concerns that these options will not go forward, as the state DOT is in charge of the project.

Pace will open the first suburban BRT line in 2017. It will operate on Milwaukee Ave from the Jefferson Park Blue Line station to Golf Mill Mall. It will have frequent service (10-15 min), TSP, and upgraded bus stops, but no bus lanes.

Pace is planning many extensions of the suburban BRT network, as well as additions to the "bus shoulder" network, where buses bypass traffic on the expressways by using the shoulder/emergency lanes.
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