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Old March 10th, 2016, 12:54 AM   #1001
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Apparently, in the contract there are also 190 additional cars to be ordered for service expansion. It is believed that these will be used for the Red Line extension. However, since the compatibility requirement between the 5000-series and 7000-series was eliminated in this bid, the Red Line would end up with an incompatible fleet if they get the 190 additional 7000s.

Blue Line riders are probably hoping they don't get shorted again by getting hand-me-down 5000s from the Red Line and making the Red Line 100% 7000-series.

I would think the best solution would be for the Red Line to get the 5000s from the Pink and Green Lines, and converting the Pink and Green Lines to 7000s. The Pink and Green Lines have almost exactly enough cars needed for the Red Line extension, thus it would make sense for the Red Line to get the 5000s from both lines and convert the Pink and Green Lines to 7000s.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 03:09 AM   #1002
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I didn't know there was a proposal for a high-speed rail line between Downtown Chicago and the O'Hare Airport. I also didn't know that the Block 37 project incorporated a train station. If it is true that the Block 37 station wouldn't be a feasible terminus for such a line,then this would bring up two questions:

What should be the Downtown Chicago terminus for any new rail line between O'Hare and Downtown Chicago? And any ideas on what should the Block 37 station be used for now that it has been abandoned with no real chance that it will ever be used.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:39 PM   #1003
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What's so bad about the Blue line to O'hare. Aren't there more important things to be done, like expanding/densifying the El network?
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Old March 11th, 2016, 12:04 AM   #1004
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Ya, I feel like the money would be better spent on a CTA expansion
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Old March 11th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #1005
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Old March 14th, 2016, 07:49 AM   #1006
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What's so bad about the Blue line to O'hare. Aren't there more important things to be done, like expanding/densifying the El network?
One more question about the high-speed line between Downtown Chicago and O'Hare Airport: Why was such a line even proposed, anyway?
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Old March 16th, 2016, 09:17 AM   #1007
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Old March 19th, 2016, 09:51 AM   #1008
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Old March 31st, 2016, 04:12 AM   #1009
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...122-story.html
Article from January 22, 2016.

CTA to buy more electric buses



The Chicago Transit Authority announced plans Friday to spend between $30 million and $40 million to buy 20 to 30 new all-electric buses over the next several years.

The CTA has operated two 40-foot buses, powered by lithium-ion batteries, on routes across the city since October 2014. The buses have carried about 100,000 passengers on 13 routes.

According to CTA officials, the buses so far have reduced emissions by an amount equal to removing 14 cars from the road. They say the buses also provide a smoother, quieter ride.

Officials project each all-electric bus will create about $25,000 in fuel savings a year, or $300,000 over the 12-year life span of a single bus. In addition, they estimate that each bus will create $55,000 a year in "health benefit savings" by reducing the occurrence of respiratory diseases, according to a CTA release.

The average market price for a standard-size electric bus is about $800,000, CTA spokesman Jeff Tolman said. That's hundreds of thousands of dollars more than a traditional diesel bus. Tolman said the timeline of the purchases will depend on a bid process among manufacturers.

The CTA expects to request proposals from manufacturers later this year. New Flyer Industries Inc., based in Canada with facilities in the United States, made the first two buses used by the CTA. But New Flyer may not make the new batch of CTA buses.

"The contract will be decided through a competitive bid process," Tolman said.

The first two buses each cost about $1 million, or about twice as much as a diesel bus, and started on six downtown routes. A grant from the Federal Transit Administration helped fund the $2.5 million project. The CTA plans to use a "combination of federal funding sources" to underwrite the new purchases, according to the release.

The CTA hopes to install "en-route charging systems," according to the release, so buses can charge at stops along their routes instead of at a garage. The current buses take three to five hours to charge.

On a single charge, the buses have been able to run 80 miles. An average CTA bus travels 100 miles a day.

Tolman said 86 percent of CTA buses are diesel and 13 percent are hybrid diesel-electric, which have a 20 percent greater fuel efficiency.

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Old April 1st, 2016, 04:58 PM   #1010
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TIFIA loan to fund Chicago L cars
01 Apr 2016



USA: Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on March 30 that the Federal Transit Administration had agreed a $255m low-interest loan to Chicago Transit Authority under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act. This will partially fund the operatorís next generation of metro trainsets.

Earlier in the month CTA awarded a framework contract to CSR Sifang America for the supply of up to 846 Series 7000 cars, potentially worth $1∑3bn. This included a base option for 400 cars, but CTA has subsequently decided to place a firm order for 490 cars at a cost of $772∑5m. The TIFIA loan will provide around a third of the funding for this initial build, with the remainder coming from FTA grants and CTA sales tax bonds

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Old April 2nd, 2016, 06:28 AM   #1011
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4th Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Chicago

Heavy Rail
Chicago / "L" - 772,900 (2015) : 1.79% +

Bus Ridership
Chicago / CTA Bus - 868,400 (2015) : -1.48%
Arlington Heights / PACE Bus - 103,800 (2015) : -2.97%
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Old April 5th, 2016, 06:55 AM   #1012
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Former sections and stations of the Chicago El



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Old April 5th, 2016, 09:39 AM   #1014
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The Chicago "L" is probably the most original metro system in America.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 12:12 AM   #1015
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Not really. Washington DC Metro or BART is.
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Not really. Washington DC Metro or BART is.
Its really dependent on how you are defining "original".
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Old April 7th, 2016, 05:20 AM   #1018
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Some of those close up Pink Line images seem like they will be useful for Wikipedia on the articles for the Pink Line and the 5000-series cars. The Pink Line article still shows a 2600-series train (which haven't been on the Pink Line since 2012), and the image of the Red Line train on the 5000-series article is unsatisfactory due to not being close enough. Plus, it makes sense that a Pink Line train is shown on the 5000-series article since the Pink Line was the first to get the 5000-series cars and was the first to be fully equipped with them. However, those images are copyrighted, so I can't use them.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 06:25 AM   #1019
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Some of those close up Pink Line images seem like they will be useful for Wikipedia on the articles for the Pink Line and the 5000-series cars.
Those images demonstrate a non-standard service pattern used a week or so ago when a fire caused damage to a signal house, which prevented Pink Line from serving the Loop. Accordingly, Pink Line trains were rerouted to Racine station on the Blue Line.

This is actually the service pattern that was used prior to the reopening of the Paulina Connector in 2006.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 03:45 PM   #1020
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Awesome pictures Woonsocket54! When I heard the news about the fire and that the Pink Line would be using this bridge for the day, I really wanted to go down and see it for myself and take pictures and video, but I had something else going on. Thanks for taking these great pictures! Its too bad the CTA doesn't use this bridge on a daily basis anymore; its fun to look at!

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