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Old October 10th, 2016, 07:07 AM   #1041
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I would be curious to know what a compressed natural gas (CNG) bus would cost in comparison?
This article from July 2, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ca...0PC0AV20150702 lists the following
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Battery electric buses typically cost about $800,000, compared with $525,000 for a natural gas bus and less than $500,000 for a diesel bus. Fuel cell buses currently cost about $1.3 million.
Initial cost is 60-100% higher than for a CNG bus. However, burning Natural gas still release at least half as much carbon dioxide pollution as diesel, and the primary method of getting it is through fracking (hydraulic fracturing). Obviously battery buses have to be charged with electricity, but they can be charged with literally anything that generates electricity, so solar, wind, tidal power, waste-to-energy, hydrogen, hydroelectric dams, and even eventually Fusion power can be used to charge them.

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But electric bus advocates counter by citing the higher cost of natural gas. Fueling a natural gas bus costs about $27,000 annually, compared with $10,500 in electricity cost for an electric bus, according to CARB.

Electric buses, advocates note, also have lower maintenance expenses, which means the cost of maintaining an electric bus is roughly equivalent to that of one powered by natural gas when figured over the 12-year average lifespan of a bus.
Electric buses are more expensive due to the cost of the batteries compared with simple double-walled plastic tanks for diesel buses, or the gas cylinders for the CNG buses, but the added initial cost is covered by having far lower maintenance costs. There is also the added benefit of not driving massive flammable gas cylinders through a crowded city.
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Old October 11th, 2016, 07:00 PM   #1042
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone here think the Chicago has a chance to actually turn around soon and start growing again?
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Old October 13th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #1043
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone here think the Chicago has a chance to actually turn around soon and start growing again?
Sure it will. Just a matter of time - too much going for it. Take a look at this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/up...urbs.html?_r=0

http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/...From-Downtown/


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Old October 16th, 2016, 08:19 PM   #1044
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I was thinking about this, and has anyone noticed how lucky CTA has been with the rail line colors not being offensive or stereotypical to the demographics of the areas served by them? The Pink Line doesn't serve Chicago's gay neighborhoods, the Red Line doesn't serve an Indian Reservation nor a majority Native American area, and the Brown Line mostly serves white neighborhoods. The only one that comes close is the Yellow Line serving Skokie, which has a significant, though not majority Asian population.

I don't think CTA is intentionally trying to be politically correct, however, it seems like an interesting coincidence.
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Old October 16th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #1045
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Old October 26th, 2016, 04:09 AM   #1046
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I was thinking about this, and has anyone noticed how lucky CTA has been with the rail line colors not being offensive or stereotypical to the demographics of the areas served by them? The Pink Line doesn't serve Chicago's gay neighborhoods, the Red Line doesn't serve an Indian Reservation nor a majority Native American area, and the Brown Line mostly serves white neighborhoods. The only one that comes close is the Yellow Line serving Skokie, which has a significant, though not majority Asian population.
I don't think CTA is intentionally trying to be politically correct, however, it seems like an interesting coincidence.
Just wait until the Authority has to introduce the Tan Line.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 04:57 AM   #1047
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Unfortunately, we've seen these same types of posts from this particular user time and again. This user has also expended a great amount of energy formulating a politically correct color-coded Phoenix tram system.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 05:39 AM   #1048
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Unfortunately, we've seen these same types of posts from this particular user time and again. This user has also expended a great amount of energy formulating a politically correct color-coded Phoenix tram system.
Well, I am pretty sure the political correctness of the Chicago L's colors is completely unintentional. CTA simply got lucky when it assigned its colors to its lines.

As for my Phoenix system, the only colored lines I intended to be politically correct are the Brown, Pink, and Gold. The Brown Line would primarily serve Scottsdale which is an upscale area with a lower Hispanic population. The Pink Line would primarily serve Chandler, Gilbert, and East Mesa, most of which is politically conservative and thus likely has a lower than average gay population. Gold is a substitute for Yellow since it would serve Mekong Plaza (an Asian mini-mall in Mesa).

The other lines are colored for different reasons. The Red Line in my Phoenix system isn't named as such because it doesn't serve an Indian Reservation; it is named because it is the original line (Red and Blue are usually the first two colors assigned to rail systems), and my Blue Line is based on the Capital Extension proposal. The Tempe Streetcar is named the Green Line in my system because I associate the City of Tempe with the color green due to their trees and environmental policies. The rest (Orange, Purple, Silver, and Turquoise) are completely random.

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Old October 26th, 2016, 06:26 PM   #1049
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Chicago sets out five-year investment plan
Wednesday, October 26, 2016



CHICAGO Transit Authority (CTA) plans to invest $US 3.5bn during 2017-2021 and proposes a balanced $US 1.52bn operating budget that will maintain current rail and bus service levels

The capital investment programme will build on the $US 5bn already invested since 2011 and work on several projects will continue into 2017 and beyond including completion of Washington-Wabash station next year and the Wilson station reconstruction project at the end of 2017, the complete reconstruction of the 95th Street terminal on the Red Line, and Phase 1 of the $US 2.1bn Red and Purple lines modernisation project, which includes rebuilding four Red Line stations and constructing a rail bypass.

The following capital projects are expected to start in 2017:
  • selection of a final alignment for a proposed Red Line Extension from 95th Street to 130th Street
  • upgrading of the Blue Line O’Hare Airport branch
  • Ravenswood corridor signalling improvements to benefit the Brown and Purple Line Express services between Armitage and the Merchandise Mart
  • upgrading and accessibility improvements to Quincy Loop ‘L’ and Illinois Medical District Blue Line stations
  • the Belmont Blue and Garfield Green Gateway projects, and
  • complete overhaul of the 3200-series fleet
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Old November 7th, 2016, 06:02 PM   #1050
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2016.10.28 saw the busiest rail-ridership day in CTA history - 918,723 riders.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...104-story.html
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Old November 8th, 2016, 03:56 AM   #1051
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2016.10.28 saw the busiest rail-ridership day in CTA history - 918,723 riders.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...104-story.html
I wonder if November 4th topped that...
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Old November 11th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #1052
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I wonder if November 4th topped that...
Yes. For the first time ever, CTA's daily rail ridership exceeded one million:

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CTA’s Highest Rail Ridership Days:
  • Nov. 4, 2016 - 1,146,349 - Cubs parade and rally
  • Oct. 28, 2016 - 918,723 - 2016 Cubs World Series Game 3
  • June 18, 2015 - 914,768 - 2015 Blackhawks parade
  • June 28, 2013 - 894,811 - 2013 Blackhawks parade
  • Oct. 21, 2015 - 882,188 - 2015 Cubs NLCS Game 4

CTA’s Highest Total Ridership Days:
  • July 3, 2008 - 2,049,519 - Fourth of July celebration
  • Nov. 5, 2016 - 1,945,250 - Cubs parade and rally
  • Nov. 4, 2008 - 1,938,738 - President Obama’s acceptance speech
Source: http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_...es-celebration
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Old November 13th, 2016, 12:38 AM   #1053
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Beginning 2017.01.10, Megabus will downsize its operations in Chicago and will no longer provide bus service to Omaha, NE and East Lansing, MI. It seems bus service to Iowa will also be eliminated.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...110-story.html

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Old December 1st, 2016, 03:47 AM   #1054
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I finally completed a map of Chicago. Not easy to fit the enlarged downtown loop into the city grid.
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One transfer point which you need to add, because I have made this precise movement scores of times, is between the Clinton Green | Pink Line "L" station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center @ 500 W. Madison St. (Union Pacific - nee Chicago & North Western - trains to Kenosha, WI.; Elburn, Harvard, and McHenry, IL).
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Old December 1st, 2016, 10:43 AM   #1055
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Compendium

OK - So now that I'm back at the domicile, and not facing the eventuality of a laptop battery dying {which was the instance for my previous reply in this thread}, I can refer in more data.
But this also means I am back on a V.92 connection, so my image referrals need to be conscious of that.
Anyhow: Here are some of my images of this year's CTA Holiday Train. I caught it on the Green Line, which runs from Harlem Ave. in Oak Park to Ashland & 63rd St. in Englewood, Chicago. It will get to all the other lines on the Authority's Rapid Transit Division.

Oh, that reminds me. I do have another World-Wide Web page in which I annotate all the Chicago transit projects which will receive Federal funding in 2017-21.
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Old December 14th, 2016, 05:53 PM   #1056
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The CTA Wilson Station has been undergoing a complete transformation for a couple years now. I just posted a followup video to my original video chronicling the changes.



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"Chicago Locks Down $1.1 Billion For CTA Just Before Obama Leaves Office"

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North & Clybourn by Jonathan Lee, on Flickr

New Year's Day 2017 at Bridgeport Junction by Jonathan Lee, on Flickr

MN&S / CTA by Jonathan Lee, on Flickr
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I just uploaded a new video of the CTA Red and Green Lines. This is a very cool area of Chicago when the Green Line crosses the Dan Ryan Expressway.
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