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  1. Random Metra

    I thought it was was an 8 but perhaps you are correct.. As all cars where in use
  2. Random Metra

    Electric district on an 8 car train... I’ve seen cameras once before a long time ago. Before it was just one camera but this car had about 3 cameras
  3. Random Metra

    Metra has deployed camera now
  4. Detailed 3200s Rehab Progress

  5. Detailed 3200s Rehab Progress

    I was on the brown line in the cab car seat facing the end of the line... on curves I noticed the trucks and they looked completely different... there seemed to be a lot going on that was new... I have a not soo good picture I will post
  6. Detailed 3200s Rehab Progress

    The other day I noticed some freshly rehabbed cars on the brown line... one interesting thing was that the trucks were different than the other cars. Those trucks had yellow thing by the rail. It looked like the yellow things would sit perfectly on rail if it kneeled. Anyone know whats up with that
  7. 2018 Metra Budget

    Oh ok yes... customers were very upset and I believe because of the metra change now the ridership is low... those passengers would have to wait around an hour for next train which would be pointless. Also, I've noticed less people at usual stops than before.
  8. 2018 Metra Budget

    These were customers at the 211th stop. General time is now the 9:55am formerly 10:05am weekday and weekend now 1:47pm formerly the 1:57pm.
  9. 2018 Metra Budget

    **Semi un-related** I wanted to add that the Electric district rider ship has been less than normal since the schedule adjustment. Also, a few riders have complained to me that the schedule change is not well coordinated with the PACE bus schedules.
  10. Random Metra

    ohhh ok... no it won't latch you on to the system with out proper credentials and device security certificate. Even if you could get on to that wifi... its more than likely a closed... isolated network.
  11. Random Metra

    The wifi MetraPTC (once clicked it renders an user name and login but does not launch a browser session) This is common when wifi is enabled with RADIUS server or WPA-2 Enterprise . RADIUS is very secure and controlled wifi access no need to worry even if you had the password you would need a device certificate. This was on the Electric District.... the wifi was only in the under ground platform... I wonder if the wifi is to do an initial download to PTC computer on train and then use wayside radios along the way until the end of the line then back to wifi for update/download. This could save metra money.. instead of equipping each train with cellular cards etc. I did pull the Cisco System PTC control and the locomotive side actually has multiple ways to connect to the system. Also, it appears the PTC can do much more than PTC. Once its setup it can be used as a communications network that can do some pretty interesting things. I know metra uses GPS computers on trains and these must have some sort of cellular connections for announcement system as GPS center can talk directly through the PA system onboard. More than likely they are recording a message and then the message is downloaded to the trains GPS/announcement system. With PTC you can now use the wayside equipment to relay information like that or even use it to view live security video in a sense. It sounds like the PTC network will be more robust and handier than initially thought of. Take a look at this article
  12. Random Metra

    Looks like it’s using a RADIUS server for connecting.. interesting
  13. Random Metra

    Was wifi searching on the train and found this... positive train control???
  14. Random Metra

    Very strange I’m on the 11:20 metra mainline train and it’s only a two car train... a first
  15. Ventra - Bugs, Feedback, and Questions

    On the metra as I type this and it appears the Ventra app will not sync or log in. Conductor was baffled saying well there’s work must be your phone. I then told the conductor that perhaps their tickets were stored in advanced. Any hoot a lot of people having issues with Ventra. I twittered Ventra and Metra to get an official response. Here what happens... the app kicks you out completely and hangs at syncing although there is no networking issues.