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Everything posted by Juniorz

  1. This is not true. Remember, the 5000-series began on the Pink Line and simultaneously replaced the Pink Line's 2200-series while transferring the remaining 2600-series to the Blue Line, with the 5000s being placed on everything but the Blue, Brown and Orange Lines (where the last 5000s were supposed to end up). As of now, seeing that the agency has recently had common practice of placing rail series according to categorical order at specific rail terminals (5000s at Howard, Linden, 95th etc. for easy transfer and maintenance for example) the 7000s might not end up where most may think they are needed but where they'll be easily eased into operations.
  2. If a bid for sponsorship has already been placed (which would've occurred during the 2Q of the year) then a Holiday Train will exist probably (hypothetical) as a non-passenger train due to the current Pandemic. Any announcement about this year's set would be announced during the 2nd week of November, so #staytuned
  3. Began on the Red Line last year for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, then began it's regular seasonal run on Black Friday. Earlier in the decade, the season usually began as early as the 2nd week in November, so the start dates varies by season.
  4. Schedule should be posted sometime midweek, usually conceding with the Magnificent Mile Light Festival along the Red Line. But because the Holiday Season is short for 2019, could begin service on Black Friday, on the Orange-Green Lines.
  5. Juniorz

    CTA 'L' Rosters

    The 5000s has more capacity for passengers, the 7000s will be tailored towards customer comfort. In a situation where capacity is an issue, a 5000 would be better suited for the Blue Line and seeing that the substation upgrades are ongoing, i would chose a 5000 during rush hour to carry passenger capacity once the power capacity is available to making that executive decision. But then again, we are discussing and comparing an existing rail car series to a non-existing series, so this pretty much becomes redundant for the near future.
  6. Juniorz

    CTA 'L' Rosters

    Whoa! too soon the Congress Rehab just moved from the environmental stage, the funds aren't even identified and most likely, the project will coincide with the I-290 reconstruction, so were about half a decade away before anything gets touched on the Congress. Seeing that the previous mayoral administration specified that the 7000s become the gateway for customers to/from O'Hare and Midway, this signified that the 7000s would go to the Orange (due to the 5000s mostly being deployed to the Red Line by the time the deliveries were completed, then receiving the oldest 2600s from the Blue Line to replace the 3200s that were shifted to make room for the 5000s that never arrived) and the Blue Line's (Due to 2600s pending retirement) but with time comes change and it looks like the 3200s may be shifted to the Blue Line due to keeping maintenance maintained along one set of rail cars at the shops, such as 5000s operating along the Red/Yellow/Purple being maintained at Howard for example, which shows fiscal responsibility within the agency. In recent years, older equipment usually shifts to the Blue Line and seeing that the 3200s have arrived, expect the Blue Line to become the land of the 3200s in the near future. It would be nice for the 7000s to operate on the Blue Line, but remember this is a transit agency that has to be reasonable with it's resources.
  7. Juniorz

    CTA 'L' Rosters

    Which will clearly happen way before a 7000 hits the rails, then you'll have a testing period which could roll into 2021, 2022, so a 5000, even just for a short turn, would be feasible for the near future plus you have to think about capacity, which the 5000s have in it's current configuration instead of the 7000s, which is geared towards being more comfort orientated.
  8. Juniorz

    CTA 'L' Rosters

    The 5000s that operate as "special" Blue Line runs are "borrowed" from the Red Line. Seeing that power substation work is currently underway along the O'Hare branch, expect to see more 5000s transferred to the Blue Line in future picks. Service is beyond capacity between Logan Square and Clark/Lake along the Blue Line with passengers having to let numerous trains passby during the 7am until about 8:30 am rush hour segment.
  9. It's not happening anytime soon, the funding is not available. If there was a dire need to rehab, it would've been fast tracked. We know the infrastructure is bad, but it's more cost effective to collaborate both projects at once.
  10. April 28th, but technically the trips end after the PM Rush Period on April 26th but are still active as part of the pick until the new pick is in effect.
  11. For snow operation and to keep more traction. The first 2 cars in the chosen direction are used in service due to limited 2 car berthing at the Skokie stations, especially at the Dempster terminal.
  12. Those exact reasons and that in September the Route 11 pilot ended. It's kind of unnecessary to have a superfluous map floating, but the September map did have an honorable nod to George Krambles, so it's kind of a collectible of sorts
  13. What time will they arrive is the question?
  14. The Red Line service to Ashland/63rd is still "technically" effective until the new rail picks are in effect on Sunday. 95th is now back into full operation as the necessary track work needed to move into the next phase of the project is now complete. The decision to cut the service before thanksgiving makes sense, the customer demand for rush hour levels of service won't be needed due to the holiday, hence the Blue Line's UIC and Red Line's Ashland trips are targeted not to operate on Friday.
  15. Juniorz

    New Car Maps

    The current system and route map cards both reflect the rerouted service and Washington/Wabash. They do not include the recently completed Wilson station for the purple line. The updated route cards might not be included in some rail cars due to an lack of oversight. Most of changes happen during rush hour anyway, so as long as the map is 95% current, the majority of customers and visitors shouldn't become confused.
  16. I say that the car cards work for now, information travels quicker through social media these days anyway, so why spend the extra money until it's necessary. The Red Line reroute is still in effect, so why reflect a minor change when you have a major change still in effect.
  17. Track 4 has already been in use by the Purple Line express. NB red line continues to use track 2 due to the completion of the NB platform, so the track realignments have been finished for sometime. Welcome back, full time to Wilson Purple Line Express!
  18. Well the 31 had the same pilot formula so it really came down to who would use the service. Unfortunately for the 11, the market had changed in a way that people adapted to other modes of travel. Marketing was another problem, which could have been marketed as the LincolnLine or the BrownLink to attract Brown Line commuters to another way of commuting through the corridor. Farewell Route 11 extension
  19. CDOT's Rebekah Scheinfeld stated at the July City Club Luncheon that State/Lake will receive a major renovation "soon". The station I'd worry about is LaSalle/Vanburen.
  20. First it would be disruptive to close a station during the work week and second, because the city wanted a September deadline, which is being met 3 days earlier than anticipated.
  21. Washington/Wabash & Randolph/Wabash will be in service together during the Labor Day weekend, with Randolph officially closing on September 3rd at 2:30 am.
  22. That's it! August 30th is the grand finale for Randolph/Wabash! The Future begins on August 31st at Washington/Wabash!
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