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Everything posted by MTRSP1900-CTA3200

  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.
  16. When I lived in Oak Park I would regularly see UP freight trains use the same tracks and bridges that the Metra trains would use. They were definitely bigger and heavier too. Six axle locos hauling tank cars, hoppers, flat cars with vehicles on them, you name it. I even saw a locomotive hauling some brand new Metro North M8 commuter rail cars East towards New York one day (I forget if they were placed on flatcars or not). Those Oak Park bridges might be old looking, but they could definitely handle an F59PHI. As for the UP-NW Line bridges, the ones well past the split with the North Line are newer and are in good shape. I’m talking about the ones closer to the Clybourn station. They are very rusty, and I think BusHunter or another forum member mentioned being able to see through a rust hole that formed through one of the bridges. I definitely did not like being in a car stopped on one of those bridges while our train was stopped at Clybourn!
  17. I was having dinner with some work friends and wandering around the Woodstock Square on Tuesday and I heard a train pulling into the Woodstock station nearby. What caught my attention about it was that the first thing I heard from the locomotive was the bell rather than any engine sound, and that the bell was an e-bell. Initially I thought it was one of UP’s small freight trains passing through until I heard the brakes on the cars as they stopped. Unfortunately by the time I could get down to where I could see the station the train was already leaving. I thought UP didn’t want anything besides the F40PH locomotives on their routes but it looks like things have changed. What surprised me is that it’s on the NW line, because of the older bridges by Clybourn.
  18. I didn’t know they closed off the front car now, I’ve only heard of Metrolink trains in Los Angeles doing that after accidents. But it explains the unusual stopping location of the trains now. I’ve been stopped at the IL 120 crossing at the Woodstock Station a few times while waiting for inbound trains to serve the station every now and then. Normally the cab car stops with its door at the platform and the end of the car around the end of the platform to try not to block the crossing (though with the gates down already it doesn’t matter), but lately the front car has been overshooting the front platform and blocking the crossing. I thought that they were doing this to allow another car towards the rear of the train access to the platform and have people who wanted to board the cab car get in on the crossing, but now I see this isn’t the case.
  19. I didn’t know this when I was there, but you can eat and drink on the New York City Subway. Of course I was panicking about drinking a vending machine iced tea outside of the fare zone at Fulton St when I was really thirsty, but L train riders are celebrating Thanksgiving on their train!
  20. Until we see the interior for ourselves, I think the most visible change aside from the seats will be the security displays that show footage from the CCTV cameras installed in the cars. I think they’re also supposed to display other things, but I don’t remember. The cars will also come with passenger counters, though those will be much less visually intrusive.
  21. Unless the Winnipeg and St Cloud facilities are already producing buses at the highest rate they can, and Anniston has to fulfill the rest of the orders even if it means a longer delivery drive.
  22. Apparently Anniston can do full production of New Flyer buses like the St. Cloud and Winnipeg facilities. I don’t know how New Flyer determines which transit agency gets buses from which factory, or if they allow each agency to choose that in their orders. I’m not sure about the NABI plant, I thought they were just making parts for the buses still out there, but I could be wrong.
  23. Yeah, they have XDE60s and XD60s in their fleet or on order.
  24. Sound Transit? Most, if not all their vehicles have that livery.
  25. I think Forest Park Yard still has their car wash, and since the Blue Line is pretty isolated from the rest of the system, they basically have that wash to themselves. Not sure where the Red Line gets their cars washed. But I agree the Blue Line cars look fine, and until lately, so did the cars on the other lines.
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