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  1. What's Left for Pace's NABI LFW 6162s/ 6600s?

    Not quite. 6651 is still hanging on
  2. 3200-series - Rehabs

    I actually considered that too. The question is how long will the 2600s hold up? We know 100 will get another rehab and those will most likely ggp to the Blue Line.
  3. Pace 2019 Budget

    Maybe the 6262s aren't going anywhere anytime soon. The only 6162s I've seen are 6210, 6227, 6235,6237 6240, 6251, 6255, 6257, and 6259 along with 6651.
  4. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Would CTA have been subjected to a lawsuit claiming favoritism towardBombardier? Apparently CTA was fed up with Bombardier enough that it badly wanted to choose another builder.
  5. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Also take into consideration the supposed study to fix or rebuild the Eisenhower through Oak Park and Forest Park. CTA has its hands tied until IDOT figures out how to go about this project. I agree that Orange could get 7000s first, which could put the Brown Line second in line to get them. Don't tell BusHunter, sw4400, or cta5750😁 that. It wasn't CTA's choice that the 5000s and the 7000s wouldn't be compatible. The only immediate hope for the Blue Line is to swap some more 2600s for some Brown Line 3200s or for CTA to send another set or two of 5000s to 54th Yard to help out Blue Line service.
  6. 3200-series - Rehabs

    Let's see. The Red Line South was in total disrepair and needed to be rebuilt, in part, because it was affecting North Side service as well. It also had a bunch of 2600s. But I suppose you think the south Siders should've kept them. The Green Line reopened in 1996 with ALL 2400s, which were the 2nd oldest cars in the fleet at that time, behind only the 2200s. Before the shutdown, the Green Line was saddled with the 2000s,which were even older than the 2200s. I suppose the West Siders shouldn't have new equipment either. The Brown Line was still running 6000s before retirement. Are Brown Line riders not entitled to newer equipment? Remember both the Brown and Orange were also passed over for 5000s. Add in the fact the Orange Line lost all of their 3200s to your Blue Line. But I guess it's okay for the southwestsiders to have them. The entire CTA system was dilapidated. With limited resource CTA has had to prioritize which projects were most urgent. While the Blue LineO'Hare branch did get some work, other lines needed the most attention, period. Now it's time for the Blue to get the attention.
  7. 3200-series - Rehabs

    You guys are glossing over 2 major issues still. First there is the power issue on the Blue Line. The power needs upgrading to handle a bunch of 5000s and future 7000s. The second is fleet flexibility. CTA can rotate cars between the Red, Purple, and Yellow Lines easily since they all share Howard Yard. Why is this so hard to comprehend?
  8. Pace 2019 Budget

    Your idea of extending the 330 from Harlem/Archer to Midway is quite intriguing. With Pace's policy of stopping every 1/2 mile in the city limits, I don't know if that would necessarily eliminate CTA's current redundancy of 62H. 55A, and 55N. But I do like this idea a lot.
  9. Pace 2019 Budget

    Seems like a waste of money. But thinking about it, there could be a small market for Bolingbrook to Midway service, or even Joluet- Bolingbrook-Midway service, but not for Amtrak.
  10. Pace 2019 Budget

    I agree. I was only noting where people were going from O'Hare which means they all have to go to Union Station.
  11. Pace 2019 Budget

    From O'Hare to Joliet here are the current options 1. Blue Line to LaSalle then Metra Rock Island to Joliet. 2. Blue Line to Clinton, then Metra HC to Joliet. 3. From O'Hare, Peoria Charter to Mall in Joliet. Believe it or not, there are people the fly to Chicago and then ride Amtrak to their final destination. Some are tourists who come from the East Coast or Europe and ride the train to California. Other destinations are Carbondale, Bloomington, St Joseph, MI. Holland, MI., Springfield, Quincy. I don't think Amtrak would have much to gain by serving the airport. Logistically it won't happen thanks to CN. CP is too far from the airport.
  12. Bombardier In Financial Peril

    As I stated earlier, Airbus has taken over the manufacturing of their newest planes and rebrands them the Airbus A220. As far as regional jets go, most airlines are opting for Embraer e-jets, so Bombardier's aviation unit is taking a beating also. Bombardier faced major delays trying to launch their C series jets. If not for Delta's large order, the project's future was grim. It was dim enough for Airbus to step in.
  13. Bombardier In Financial Peril

    To add to this, Airbus took over the C series jets Bombardier was building and renamed the jets Airbus 220.
  14. CTA Tips/Help for a Visting Family

    CTA is a very old system which didn't really take things like wheelchairs and strollers into consideration prior o ADA. CTA has made al of its buses and trains accessible. Making al stations accessible is a very expensive task. Nobody wants to pay $10 fares to help pay, so CTA can only do what it can when it can. I'm sure NYC is in a similar situation. You may have to use Addison station and alter your trip since Addison is accessible and isn't nearly as steep.
  15. Circle Line Revisited via Amazon

    I read the Washington Post article. All signs point that way except the fact there was a press leak. Amazon could pick another site and possibly other finalists are doing a better job of honoring non disclosure agreements. According to Wall Street journal, New Yor City and Dallas are also in advanced stages of getting HQ2. I think not having any site close to O'Hare hurt Chicago's chances. I don't know if Rahm not running for reelection was a factor. The Old Post Office and the development along the Norh Branch weren't conducive to public transportation either. Oh well.