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    Chicago Transit Authority, Aviation, Sound Transit
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    Flxible Metro (RIP 2010), Nova Bus LFS (2000 and 2014 Editions), DE60LF/R
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    3200 Series (CTA), Siemens 0700 Series (Other US Transit Agency), Tokyo Metro 01 Series (Foreign/International Transit Agency)

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  1. Hoping they add more functionality to the displays. I’ve seen videos of Tokyo Metro trains with much smaller screens displaying little diagrams of the next station showing where the exits/stairs/elevators/other subway lines are in relation to the car you’re riding in. There’s definitely potential in those new screens onboard. It would definitely help for tourists, or the regulars who are looking to get to point B faster especially from a station with multiple exits.
  2. Woodstock gas prices are around $3.20 a gallon now. I remember $3.25 and $3.65 recently too. Reminds me of when gas was $4 a gallon around Oak Park. When the new Woodman’s opened up east of McHenry in 2019 they had gas prices as low as $1.89. Those were the days. A friend of mine who works there said the store manager wanted to be super competitive with the nearby gas stations.
  3. Correct. The main thing is that depending on where you’re heading you still might have to take two trains. I’m not sure where the economy parking is in Atlanta. Phoenix Sky Harbor actually has a setup similar to O’Hare with no airside trains and a landside train serving economy parking, all terminals, and a transit center at 44th street I believe. It’s also being extended in the other direction to their rental car center to replace the shuttle buses.
  4. Atlanta is the same way if you have to go to the rental car center or convention center in between. The train between the airport concourses is called the Plane Train and the train between the baggage claim area and convention center and CONRAC is called the ATL Skytrain. Yes, it will probably be serving whatever replaced Terminals 1-3 by then!
  5. Apparently the nation’s largest clean air fleet. Also note the CNG diamond under the last window.
  6. I only liked the gallery cars because they make it easier for the conductors to collect tickets. But I think with people using the Ventra app and just having to tap to verify their ticket to the conductors, that might add up to a considerable time saving. I know other commuter rail agencies use split level cars and I’m not aware of any ticket issues with them, but they might just be deploying more conductors per train. Personally I’ve never had any issues with the seat size, although on an all stop train from OTC or even Norwood Park I found myself standing up for a bit. And as unique as the g
  7. Metra board approves the purchase of up to 500 new railcars. They are Alstom Coradia Multilevels, and most notably they don’t use the gallery car setup. https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-board-approves-purchase-500-modern-railcars?fbclid=IwAR1ywYXF20Eh779jrzwZyy9mClUiNW5XGex5T1UJH7vBB2mITVHYjzAy2sQ
  8. Japan also has some suspended railways. There’s also the issue of any vehicles that are very tall accidentally striking one of the suspended trains, rather than support structures and girders for conventional trains. I think that happened in Wuppertal a few years ago and one of the trains had a large gash added to it as a result. I also haven’t seen any walkways to evacuate onto if the train stalls, though that is true for other monorails I have seen. At least if they have to evacuate into a tunnel (a Japanese system has one) passengers can just make a small jump onto the ground
  9. Reminds me of the automated pods I heard about that you ride to the parking lot at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
  10. I remember as a kid I would always look out the front windows of our house at the occasional car passing by. We were on a quiet street in Oak Park one street over from the 86 Narragansett/Ridgeland. I guess there was an issue on Ridgeland by our block because one day I saw a CTA bus coming down our street. I told my mom and she thought I was just saying crazy kid things. But the next time I saw one she came to the window and sure enough there was a CTA Flxible Metro just cruising down our quiet street! Most exciting traffic we got honestly.
  11. There was a banner ad back in 2005 on some railcars as part of a campaign encouraging the public to support public transit such as the CTA, with the implication that traffic would be much worse without the L. This is the closest I can find.
  12. I see parts of it have been picked away already...The wrap color is just WAY too harsh/jarring for an entire interior color fitting. It should just stay as a ad wrap. Though I also don’t care for that light blue on the later 5000s. If anything I would have applied the colors from the New Tech Trains on the NYC subway to the 5 and 7000s. For our older trains I personally like the beige because it’s been around for so long and I’m just used to it.
  13. It’s like an older version of CalTrain!
  14. “tf” is an abbreviation of “the f***” Personally I think since he abbreviated it it’s not a big deal as it isn’t blatantly obvious, but I know some people disagree, and from a public forum standpoint I can understand why. Though I still think the main point is that he damaged a bus mirror in a manner similar to the bus operator mentioned before.
  15. The station cavern is directly underneath the large parking garage. I think the exit is facing Terminal 2 (which extends out southeast into the airfield), with T1 to the right and T3 to the left, so if the two side tracks that extend past the platforms have tunnels added to them, they would have to start curving to the right to have the tracks reach a potential Terminal 4. Originally the idea of extending the Blue Line to Schaumburg was thought to be nearly impossible because of O’Hare’s former runway setup. When they announced the runway reconfiguration project the idea of extending the
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