226 buses off the road for inspection -- now what?
You probably heard that the CTA pulled 226 60-foot-long articulated buses off the road for inspection after finding a crack in the chassis of one.
Well, good for the CTA for its quick action. It has reported previous problems with these particular buses, and in fact had stopped payment on an order with them and sued the manufacturer, North American Bus Industries.
But what does that mean for us riders? The buses make up about 6% of the total fleet. The routes most affected are:
- No. 6 Jackson Park Express
- No. 14 Jeffery Express
- No. 134 Stockton/LaSalle Express
- No. 135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express
- No. 136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express
- No. 145 Wilson/Michigan Express
- No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
- No. 147 Outer Drive Express
- No. 156 LaSalle
More than half of these routes are on bus tracker. But with so many fewer buses, good luck trying to board tem closer to the Loop. Certainly all you lakefront riders will be looking for alternatives as the CTA inspects and certifies these buses as safe.
The CTA promises to put more train cars on lines covering these areas. We'll hope the inspections are fast, thorough and find no more defective buses.