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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

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  1. Random Metra

    Unless you want to count the Operation Lifesaver locomotive, the only one I can think of is Metra locomotive 100 with the RTA wrap, but that has been removed.
  2. Random Metra

    Metra locomotive 405 is now in Milwaukee Road colors.
  3. Random Metra

    Made the front of the Northwest Herald, but I couldn’t read it in full except for the headline. I was wondering how they got that image for the front of the paper. ”FRIGHT TRAIN”
  4. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Not sure about customs at O’Hare, as I haven’t arrived at T5, only departed. It could be on the same level, or have stairs to somewhere else. Didn’t notice it was also lot F as well. Thanks for the info.
  5. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    As well as today. On Tuesday it moves to the Pink Line. I’m gonna try and ride it there on the 5th. Last time I my dad and I rode it was on the Pink Line in 2013, and I swear we had the front car to ourselves. I also bought tickets to ride it as part of the IRM Snowflake Special this year.
  6. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    Any flight can depart Terminal 5 normally because you go through customs after you arrive at your destination. Similar to how ANA and Lufthansa leave from Terminal 1 and Japan Airlines and Iberia leave from Terminal 3. Every airline that flys into O’Hare from a different country is required to let its passengers out at Terminal 5 so they can go through Customs, unless they went through customs in the country before they boarded their flight. Frontier is able to use Terminal 5 as a domestic terminal because of the way the jet bridges are set up. If you ever board or get off a flight at Terminals 1 2 or 3, you’ll notice that the jet bridge only takes you to the waiting area where all the people are probably crowding around the gate agent waiting to get on. I don’t know if Terminal 5 is set up like this, but the jet bridges in Atlanta, Seoul, and Hong Kong are set up so when they get to the terminal building they split into an path going up and a path going down. When you’re boarding the plane, you will leave your waiting area (like a normal terminal) and come from the upper path. The door to the lower path is closed, so you continue straight on to the jet bridge and on to your plane. When you get off the plane at your destination, the door will be open to the lower path, and the door to the upper path will be closed, so you have to take the lower path that leads to a central corridor underneath the waiting areas that goes straight to customs. When all the passengers are off the plane, the doors change, and departing passengers can board the plane. For Frontier, the solution is probably to just use the upper path for arriving and departing passengers, since they don’t need to go through customs on domestic flights. And ever time I pass by O’Hare on I-90 I see the rental car center. That thing is HUGE!
  7. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    I believe Qantas did in fact express interest in flying to O’Hare, but was waiting on their 787s to do so. Those things have awesome range and economics. They’re pulling off Perth to London flights with the -9. Interesting how the ANZ CEO would discuss it though... As for the BA A380 flights, Flight 295 brings the A380 from London to O’Hare, while Flight 294 takes it back to Heathrow. Those flight numbers are used year round, but as you said, the A380 isn’t. At other times it can be a 747 (which are wonderful anyways), or a 777.
  8. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    New airline service is good. Putting them at Terminal 2, not so much. Unfortunately it seems like the only choice now.
  9. Annual Holiday Bus

    In other news, travelers riding home from work were treated to a nice surprise when the Holiday Train or Bus arrived. When asked about their faces filled with joy, they replied “We like having fun in our lives!”
  10. ATS O'Hare

    Haha, have Chicago talk to the peeps running the show at Seattle’s Airport. Their rental car center is about the same distance from the terminal, but there’s no train at all. Not even a dedicated way for buses to get there, and the route is a winding mess on surface streets to the building. But there are plenty of packed Gillig buses to ride in, provided you can wait until the second or third bus. At least they’re hybrids.
  11. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    The initial schedule and dates for each route for the 2018 Holiday Train is up on the CTA website. The link is below. https://www.transitchicago.com/holidayfleet/ This year the train is sponsored by Allstate.
  12. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    The ex Amtrak locomotives are F59PHIs, while it appears Metra 97 and others are F59PHs. Not sure if the I means anything more than the new body.
  13. Bombardier In Financial Peril

    Unfortunately true. Although the CRJ and the Q-Series (Dash-8) are still listed on their commercial aviation website, both programs have taken substantial hits, especially the CRJ because of obvious competition.
  14. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    An additional three F59PH locomotives have been approved for purchase. Link from Metra
  15. Bombardier In Financial Peril

    In my view the Toronto Rocket cars looked like a cakewalk for the TTC who bought them compared to the R179s and 5000s. For the 5000s alone, they were pulled from service at least once due to bad trucks, had incomplete body frame welds, and numerous other issues. The R179s fared even worse. The entire first bodyshell set was rejected by the MTA because of bad quality, delaying the debut of the cars by a year, and when they finally did get put in service, it didn’t take them long to get put back in the shop for faulty doors. I don’t remember correctly, but either the train wouldn’t move because it sensed not all doors were closed even when they were, or the doors opened when the train was in motion. The biggest complaint with the Rockets is that if the doors fail to close three times, the train needs to be rebooted, and that might even be fixed now. Oh well.