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3 hours ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

That might be true with pink getting Blue interiors but it might not be cuz pink and green are still exchanging cars 5001-5002 are on Green Still and 5005-5006 and Green and red  are doing they own thing with switching cars cuz some 5600’s are on the Green

The more blue interiored cars Green gets, Pink will eventually get them in the long run.  That's given they exchange cars.

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15 minutes ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

5001-5002 back on Pink

Pink and Green line basically share the same cars 👍🏽👍🏽.

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18 minutes ago, Erin Mishkin Jr. said:

Green Line is starting to get the plastic seat bottoms too. I noticed 5190 with the plastic seat bottoms today, but 5122 still had the cushion seat covers.

There are some on the Purple Line as well.

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1 minute ago, indigofoundue74 said:

I saw a 5000-Series Blue Line going to UIC on 8/8. Are they going to be on the Blue Line now? 
(They also need to be on the Orange Line, BADLY)

 

 

There are 2 sets of 5000s that run in the a.m. rush and one set that runs in the p.m. rush.  These trains originate from the Pink Line Yard.  They deadhead to the Blue Line Racine station.  From there they run Blue Line service to Jefferson Park.  From there the train turns back and runs Blue Line service from Jefferson Park to  Racine.  From there the train deadheads back to the Pink Line Yard.  These cars are assigned to the Pink Line, they have Pink Line run numbers, and they are operated by Pink Line operators.

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3 hours ago, indigofoundue74 said:

Oh...
You know what? Once I hopped on a train from Polk Pink Line and the train turned to the Racine Blue Line and stopped.
This was about 3:00 P.M. (Then it was OOS)

 

That was a re-route that happened when work was being done on Lake Street "L" tracks.

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10 hours ago, indigofoundue74 said:

I saw a 5000-Series Blue Line going to UIC on 8/8. Are they going to be on the Blue Line now? 
(They also need to be on the Orange Line, BADLY)

 

 

Unfortunately, because of long neglected upgrades, the Blue Line power cant handle a fleet of 5000s   

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43 minutes ago, indigofoundue74 said:

Are at least 7000's going to go to the Blue Line? 

Because the 2600's will be retired, some 3200's...

CTA is currently working on the power upgrades between O'Hare and downtown.  The upgrades should be completed by the time the 7000s are slated to arrive in 2021.  As for the Forest Park branch, I don't know if that is a power issue or a weight issue or both with the 5000s, as the track condition is terrible.   A complete rebuild of that branch is necessary.   However,  CTA is trying to wait on IDOT to determine how it will reconstruct the Eisenhower Expressway  to coordinate reconstruction of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line.   That could possibly include an extension to Manheim Rd in Hillside.

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6 hours ago, artthouwill said:

CTA is currently working on the power upgrades between O'Hare and downtown.  The upgrades should be completed CTA is trying to wait on IDOT to determine how it will reconstruct the Eisenhower Expressway  to coordinate reconstruction of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line.   That could possibly include an extension to Manheim Rd in Hillside.

To add to that, CTA President Dorval Carter said at the most recent board meeting that the Forest Park branch is a priority but will be worked on last.

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5001 and 5002 have the new seat covers while 5107 and 5108 (two of the GoPuff cars, I rode 5108 for a second time this year) have the cloth bottoms still. 5138 and 5137 also have  the new covers.

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Just now, Erin Mishkin Jr. said:

I saw lots of pairs with the new cushioning today!

5037 and 5038, 5131 and 5132, 5127 and 5128, 5153 and 5154, 5095 and 5096, and 5153 with 5154. 5689 and 5690 do not have the new cushioning yet.

5033 and 5034 have the new cushioning too.

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