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MTRSP1900-CTA3200 last won the day on December 19 2017

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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

    Weird. I'm at a total loss, other than something that measures or changes the air quality.
  2. Random Metra

    Do they just have "MERC" printed on them?
  3. Random CTA

    Unless he knows about the tunnel underneath the highway. Wasn't there an incident involving a deer on the Blue Line tracks around Cumberland a few years back?
  4. More Bus Moves

    It's a rumor, so getting it from someone, even if they are in the company, doesn't back anything up. And I'm sure the rest of us forum members don't even know who your uncle is, so for all we know, he could work for the CTA, but as something completely irrelevant. Similar to people on Airliners.net convinced that airlines are getting new planes, but their "source" is a pilot rumor. I suggest a quick read of the community guidelines, which has a bullet point concerning sources, instead of posting emojis.
  5. Random Metra

    I’ve noticed that the conductors on train 630 (Harvard-OTC) make manual announcements as well, and they also tell customers to stop a passing conductor if they need a ticket for any stop before Ogilvie. Then they just collect all other tickets between Clybourn and OTC. However sometimes they leave the GPS on as well.
  6. Geometry car

    Both the Metrorail in Washington DC and the New York City Subway have track geometry cars. I'm not sure who builds them though, and if they could adapt their product to fit the CTA's train dimensions with all the equipment needed inside. Related to CTA rail restrictions, I also recall the Blue Line in Boston having exceptionally small cars, roughly the same dimensions as CTA rail cars because the line was originally built to serve streetcar size vehicles. There's also a sharp loop in downtown Boston that might actually be on par with the turns in the Loop. Though I'm not sure it they have a track geometry car.
  7. More Bus Moves

    Not yet unfortunately, but if you're looking for a specific physical bus, forum member byroncheng has set up a site for that.
  8. Random Metra

    Hard to see in the photo I took but car 6012 got the works and now has clear windows.
  9. Red Line Extension (RLE)

    Yeah, I just scrolled up to the title of this thread and I’m totally lost now.
  10. O'Hare Airport Expansion

    On the Piccadilly Line in London, the trains going to Heathrow either have Terminals 2, 3, and 5 on their destination signs, or Terminals 4, 2, and 3. Terminals 2 and 3 is a bi-directional station that is always served regardless of the train, but Terminal 4 is on a unidirectional loop that sends the trains back to London via the Terminals 2 & 3 station (basically like old South Ferry on the 1 train in NYC), and Terminal 5 is a typical terminal station further down past Terminals 2 & 3. Therefore there isn’t a normal in service train that serves both Terminals 4 and 5, and there isn’t even a connecting track between the two stations. Maybe this will happen at O’Hare, but who knows. I also wonder how this will change the passenger loads on the airport train.
  11. 4 car Yellow Line train

    I remember hearing that an operator overran the platform somewhere and they just cut out the front doors to mitigate the effects of their goof. Thanks for confirming those switches exist. Except that I was referring to the physical length of the turn back that the Yellow Line uses, which looks like it only holds 2 cars. The Purple Line shuttle turns back further south, where there is more track. And the turn back at Skokie is 4 cars long. When the holiday train (it’s actually 7 cars long) is run on the Yellow Line they break up the train into two car sets. The flatcar isn’t used.
  12. 4 car Yellow Line train

    Also assuming they use the same turn back track at Howard the Purple Line Shuttle uses. I think the Yellow Line turn back at Howard is only two cars long.
  13. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    I honestly don’t see a difference between the two. Rapid transit wise both the T and the CTA have the same logo on their buses and trains, and someone I know who used to live in Boston simply called it the T (and to a lesser extent the MBTA), but people here differentiate between the L and bus, even though they are both CTA. If anything, both Seattle and Washington DC have better branding. WMATA says both Metrorail and Metrobus on their site, at least from what I remember. And Seattle’s Sound Transit Corporation calls their commuter rail Sounder, their bus system Sound Transit Express, and their light rail Link Light Rail.
  14. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    Renaming Metra to that probably won’t fly with Canadian National, who acquired the original Illinois Central Railroad. Metra is just a brand, and I’m OK with that. Sure beats saying “Oh sure, I’ll just hope on a Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Rail Corporation train downtown.”
  15. If CTA switched to letters for rail lines

    I can understand your point on the Milwaukee lines holding on to their names for heritage reasons, but the Union Pacific North Line is still run by Union Pacific, and therefore it makes sense to be named as the Union Pacific line that goes north. But I agree the colors are fine the way they are, until the day comes when we build more lines to the point where we need numbers. Hopefully in my lifetime...