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    Chicago Transit Authority, Aviation, Sound Transit
  • Favorite Bus
    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. 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 green windows are, they are terrible for looking out through during the night, so I agree with you! Keep your fingers crossed because some of the 6000s and 8500s have clear windows now.
  2. 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
  3. 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 instead of a hazardous track area. Conventional monorails in tunnels also have very large drops because of how the track is constructed.
  4. Reminds me of the automated pods I heard about that you ride to the parking lot at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It’s like an older version of CalTrain!
  9. “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.
  10. 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 Blue Line became possible because the runway that the tracks would have to pass under would be removed (it’s a taxiway now), but the entire idea was shelved because of Metra’s proposed STAR line.
  11. I agree, although there’s not really much you can do with the corrugated stainless steel bodies on the newer cars (New Jersey Transit has some smooth sides on their stainless steel cars and apply color there, possibly as a vinyl), and I personally like the way the bare metal looks. As for the Pullman cars, the new liveries have been disappointing to put it nicely... But since they’re not wheelchair accessible they have to be put with a newer car, so there is always going to be a changing design down the consist. My favorite colors on them used to be the RTA white with brown and red window stripes, but now I like the Metra silver with light blue and red stripes. It clashes the least with the other cars in my opinion.
  12. Exciting, but since they’ll be at Terminal 5, they won’t have the Blue Line within walking distance. I still welcome this news, as Phoenix is a destination I visited yearly before COVID, and I’ve changed planes in Dallas Love and Denver, so I could always fly elsewhere via a connection or stop.
  13. I’m pretty sure you and I both know I’m not specifically talking about the UP-N Line and only the UP-N Line...
  14. UP crews work the trains because they bought C&NW which historically ran them, so there is an agreement between them and Metra to operate those trains. The same applies to BNSF because of Burlington Northern, although BNSF is following Metra COVID procedures and collecting fares despite not wanting to run passenger trains either. From my understanding both UP and BNSF also schedule and dispatch the Metra trains on their lines along with their freights. My concern is that this feud will end up disrupting passenger service because of dispatching. Both BNSF and UP aren’t interested in operating the passenger trains, and since the tracks will still be owned by them, they can still dispatch the trains on them. If the contracts are changed as a result, they will probably schedule with freight as a priority. We already see this with the North Central Service and the Heritage Corridor, which are run on tracks owned by Canadian National. Metra has stated that that they want to add more trains on the NCS, but aren’t allowed to do so because of CN. If UP starts dismantling the schedule for its three lines for more freight service, then the results won’t be pretty for passengers, not taking COVID into account.
  15. I remember the bridges being in that condition when I would ride the Northwest Line. I also don’t remember if it’s on the unused portion or the used portion, but the two parts can’t be that far apart in deterioration unfortunately. Ill have to look up that Evanston bridge when I get a chance, it sounded like quite the project.
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