New train cars to hit the Pink Line rails in two weeks?

The  new Series 5000 rail cars will be put into regular service first on the Pink Line — and quite possibly within the next two weeks, according to a number of sources.

Last week CTA Tattler erroneously reported that the Blue Line would get the new cars first. Yep, I was wrong. Sorry. A source noted the passage at the end of this article in

“At the ADA Advisory Committee meeting on July 11, CTA stated that the first line scheduled to get the cars is the Pink Line. CTA wanted to assign the cars first to a relatively small and self-contained line, with one shop and a limited number of cars, to begin training operators and maintenance staff. The smaller number of cars will also make the break-in and “teething” period more manageable for the CTA. As cars are assigned to the Pink Line, a like number of 2600-series cars currently assigned there would be moved to the Red Line, and their 2600s reassigned to the Blue Line, allowing the 2200-series cars to be retired.

“After the Pink Line, the next line to receive the 5000-series cars will be the Green Line, according to the CTA. Following the Green Line it has not been decided where the remaining cars will be assigned.”

Meanwhile, over at the Transit Forum, some highly knowledgeable members were reporting that there are 16 new cars (enough for four, four-car sets) at the 54th Street Pink Link Terminal. And at least two members were predicting the CTA would start service of the new cars on the Pink Line within two weeks.


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  • Wouldn't it be simpler & cheaper to just move the 2600s from the Pink Line to the Blue Line & eliminate the double move of cars?
    Unless there's a good reason for this, this sounds like a make work operation that will cost the CTA much in overtime.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    The comments over at seem to think that it would be harder to replace trains on the blue line due to it being 24/7. Not sure if that's accurate, but that's their view.

  • Now all one has to do is tell President Rise H. Oblivious.

  • Jack, you read In that same thread those in the know mentioned how the Pink Line only needs 44 cars for a full allotment. So it makes sense to run the 5000's there first, where the entire line will be 5000s and contained to one maintenance shop.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    How many trains does it take to run the green line? Sounds like they'll do these first and move the trains formerly on these lines to the blue to replace those over time.

  • In reply to chris:

    Apparently, about 120 (based on car numbers of 2400s there compared to Purple, and also the chicago-l,org assignment sheets).

    However, as the people point out, it makes no sense to put mass capacity (i.e. longitudinal) seat cars on two of the lightest lines, and, as Scooter indicates, shuffle old stuff around the heaviest (Red and Blue), where 8 car trains are running pretty much 24/7 (or at least 16/7).

    I've also noted that it is pretty strange that the only thing CTA supposedly said was at an ADA advisory meeting, instead of something official, although I can see the rationale for starting with Pink. But, as I noted above, apparently one has President Oblivious.

  • In reply to jack:

    From what I read on that same thread, these new cars won't work on the red line due to station platform heights north of Addison. I guess the hydraulics can lower, but not raise from their current height. If true, that makes sense why the red is not getting them.

    But, ultimately these should at least be on the blue line because like you said, they are running at capacity. Plus, the extra aisle space would be nice for travelers with bags on their to and from O'Hare.

  • In reply to chris:

    The thing you have to take into account is that the person who posted that there works for Jewel. Another poster attempted to debug that.

    If CTA is buying 706 cars (with an increase supposedly for if the Red Line is ever extended) and ran two tests on the Red Line, it should have determined by now if they work there. Of course, there is the history of the Kruesi regime in such matters, but it would be real bad, after such testing, if that was actually the case.

    On the other hand, I don't believe that other posters have the means to fabricate the pictures totally.

  • In reply to chris:

    According to, the green line has 120 cars assigned to it

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I didn't say anything about that. The reference was to the article, first in the Trib, that said that the cars were coming next year and my comment that Gump apparently didn't know what was on the property. Maybe Emanuel will take a trip out to 54th (in Cicero) and tell him.

    Apparently still hasn't announced that the notice to proceed after the testing was over was given nor tendered a budget for public hearing, either.

  • In reply to jack:

    OK, I misunderstood. Sorry.

  • ugh its going to be a long wait to get the new cars on the red line.
    the new cars worked fine on the red north of addison i was on the test runs they had.

    i was hoping the new cars would go on to the red and the 2600s from the red would move to the blue/pink/etc.

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