A huge Loop backup of trains last week was due to a breakdown of one of the new Series 5000 rail cars running on the Pink Line, according to CBS Chicago. While the story doesn’t say specifically what the problem was, Jack noted in comment Thursday “that the 5000s are stalling at gaps in the third rail at Tower 18 junction.”
After well over a year of testing, is this really the first time this has happened?
This is my favorite line from CBS Chicago report: “CTA President Forrest Claypool winces when reminded of the breakdown, which took 38 minutes to remove but had ripple effects that lasted much longer. ”