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Old January 17th, 2015, 11:09 AM   #821
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Someone needs to make those videos into a time lapse
They have them in time lapse version as well:

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Old January 17th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #822
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I think the Chicago 'L' may have the shortest train cars of any metro/subway system in the world, with a length of only 14.63 meters (48 ft). Also, a single car has an estimated capacity of over 120 passengers, around 30 to 40 of which are seated. Possibly the smallest metro/subway cars in the world, also? It is wasily smaller than a tram car.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 05:11 PM   #823
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Producing walk-through trains would be a fun challenge on the L with its tight turns.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #824
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I just rode the Skokie Swift inbound to Howard.

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There aren't enough words in the English language to describe how utterly magnificent that was.
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Old January 18th, 2015, 01:23 AM   #825
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Old January 18th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #826
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I think the Chicago 'L' may have the shortest train cars of any metro/subway system in the world, with a length of only 14.63 meters (48 ft). Also, a single car has an estimated capacity of over 120 passengers, around 30 to 40 of which are seated. Possibly the smallest metro/subway cars in the world, also? It is wasily smaller than a tram car.
I'm guessing its to do with the tight turns in the downtown loop. Hard to take those with long cars.
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Old January 18th, 2015, 07:15 AM   #827
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I think the Chicago 'L' may have the shortest train cars of any metro/subway system in the world, with a length of only 14.63 meters (48 ft). Also, a single car has an estimated capacity of over 120 passengers, around 30 to 40 of which are seated. Possibly the smallest metro/subway cars in the world, also? It is wasily smaller than a tram car.
Not the smallest, although among the smallest certainly. The Vancouver Skytrain original rolling stock (also used on a line in Toronto and for the Detroit downtown circle line) have 12m cars with 36 seated and 80 people total capacity. But those older cars are slowly being replaced by newer, larger ones.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 07:49 PM   #828
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I'm guessing its to do with the tight turns in the downtown loop. Hard to take those with long cars.
Yes, the short cars are because of the turning radius among the many sharp turns around buildings on the elevated sections.

When they increased the capacity by 33% on the Brown Line a few years ago they did it in conjunction with the rebuild of the 100+ year old stations. They made them all longer to have 8-car trains instead of the previous stations that held 6 cars. They obviously can't make the actual cars themselves larger unless they rebuild a huge chunk of the system.

Ridership on the north side Brown Line stations have increased from 8.1 million a year in the 1980's to 19.0 million as of last year. They have had to put so many more runs on that line that it very easily can get backed up in the morning and afternoon, as the trains basically run non-stop with just a minute or two in between and they all fill to capacity.

They are getting all new rail cars for the CTA, about half of them (or more) have been delivered and they have a higher capacity because of switching around the seats on the inside.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 08:17 PM   #829
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I think the Chicago 'L' may have the shortest train cars of any metro/subway system in the world, with a length of only 14.63 meters (48 ft).
Glasgow (Scotland) subway cars also are quite tiny

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow..._rolling_stock
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2252/...d47dce39_z.jpg
https://www.google.fr/search?q=glasg...w=1280&bih=635
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Old January 19th, 2015, 08:22 PM   #830
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Yes, the short cars are because of the turning radius among the many sharp turns around buildings on the elevated sections.

When they increased the capacity by 33% on the Brown Line a few years ago they did it in conjunction with the rebuild of the 100+ year old stations. They made them all longer to have 8-car trains instead of the previous stations that held 6 cars. They obviously can't make the actual cars themselves larger unless they rebuild a huge chunk of the system.

Ridership on the north side Brown Line stations have increased from 8.1 million a year in the 1980's to 19.0 million as of last year. They have had to put so many more runs on that line that it very easily can get backed up in the morning and afternoon, as the trains basically run non-stop with just a minute or two in between and they all fill to capacity.

They are getting all new rail cars for the CTA, about half of them (or more) have been delivered and they have a higher capacity because of switching around the seats on the inside.
I suppose much of the system must have already converted over to CBTC, then?
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Old January 25th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #831
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This webpage explains the signaling on the L: http://www.chicago-l.org/operations/...s/signals.html
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 01:27 AM   #832
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Early February snowstorm in Chicago

IMG_1755.jpg by pcurtner, on Flickr

Some Things You Can Explain Away by swanksalot, on Flickr

2015-02-02 Chicago_-8.jpg by z3ro1, on Flickr

farandulera by jackwest2K, on Flickr

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Hmmm.

Outside of the Snow Loop, it's no fun for the buses.
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 07:26 PM   #834
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Buses? Look at the people! The roads are being cleaned, but the side walks? Never! Pedestrians are forced to walk on roads these days, coz nobody cleans side walks in this country.
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Old February 4th, 2015, 05:43 AM   #835
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Old February 4th, 2015, 08:35 PM   #837
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Interesting to see all those level crossings. What kind of service frequency do those lines have? On some metro lines the crossing gates would practically never lift but I guess these lines are fairly quiet?
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That's the brown line. Barriers go up and down every few minutes.
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Buses? Look at the people! The roads are being cleaned, but the side walks? Never! Pedestrians are forced to walk on roads these days, coz nobody cleans side walks in this country.
Usually it's the building owners that have the responsibility of clearing any sidewalks from snow, and in theory they could get cited for not clearing the walkways outside of their buildings in time (however it is seldom enforced expect in heavily trafficked neighborhoods such as the Chicago Loop).
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