Tag: Series 5000 rail cars

CTA issues bids to manufacture the next version of new rail cars

Have you gotten used to the new CTA 5000 Series rail cars yet? Doesn’t matter because the CTA today announced it’s inviting train manufacturers to bid on new 7000 Series rail cars. Deliveries of the new rail cars should begin around 2016, according to a CTA news release. The new cars will replace current rail... Read more »

Upon further review, there's much to like about new CTA rail cars

Gotta love your time and loacation. (Photo by Max T-M)
I’ve been critical of the aisle-facing seating in the new CTA 5000 Series rail cars. My beef is with the continuing use of the confining, molded plastic “bucket” seats instead of bench seating, where people of any size take up the space they need. But even if you’re not a fan of the seating arrangement,... Read more »

Red Line riders coming face-to-face with new CTA rail cars

March 8: Defective Chinese-made parts were blamed for putting new Series 5000 rail cars out of service. (CTA photo)
The CTA on Monday added two eight-car Series 5000 trains to the Red Line. So the busiest “L” line and its riders now get to check out the smooth, quiet ride, and see whether they like the long expanses of aisle-facing seats. I actually do like the new cars. They are quiet, more roomy, and... Read more »
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Riders split on bench seats vs. bucket seats for new rail cars: survey

March 8: Defective Chinese-made parts were blamed for putting new Series 5000 rail cars out of service. (CTA photo)
Rail riders are evenly split on whether the CTA should offer bench-style seating or the current “bucket” seats on the new Series 5000 train cars. An unscientific survey conducted by the Active Transportation Alliance found that 49 percent of respondents prefer the New York-style bench seats, while 48 percent like the current bucket seating arrangement.... Read more »

Take a CTA rider poll: bench or bucket seats on new rail cars?

Bench style MTA R142 (New York); photo courtesy of LTK Engineeering Services.
There has been a lot of talk lately and in the last year about the seating layout of the new CTA Series 5000 rail cars. They’ve been riding along the Pink and Green lines for the last few months. Soon they will pop up on the Red and Purple lines. It looks like the new... Read more »

OK, I give up then: CTA won't change configuration of aisle-facing seats on new rail cars

OK, I give up then: CTA won't change configuration of aisle-facing seats on new rail cars
I can’t say I really expected the CTA to change its mind. I sure did try though, a number of times in many posts. But the CTA has confirmed it will not change the aisle-facing seating configuration currently found on the new Series 5000 rails cars. This was after Tribune Getting Around columnist Jon Hilkevitch... Read more »
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New rail cars to sport colored LED signs of line name

July 22: Series 5000 train will now sport colored LED signs indicating the train line name. (CTA photo)
New Series 5000 trains on the CTA’s Pink and Green lines soon will show the rail line name in appropriate colors on the front and sides, instead of just plain white. New rail cars sporting the correct colors went into service last Tuesday on the Pink Line. The first 114 cars built without the color... Read more »

CTA Green Line gets new Series 5000 rail cars

After re-debuting in May on the Pink Line, six new Series 5000 rail cars were placed in service Sunday on the Green Line, the CTA announced. Series 5000 cars will continue to be added throughout the summer until the entire current fleet Series 2400 cars is replaced. The Series 2400 cars are 35 years old.... Read more »

The case of the stolen CTA maps: DePaul searches dorm rooms

May 14: The case of the stolen CTA maps: DePaul searches dorm rooms. (Photo from DePaulia by Shannon Shreibak)
Stealing CTA rail maps from train cars has become a “rite of passage,” according to a late-April DePaulia report, the student newspaper for DePaul University. And now that seemingly innocent ritual has led DePaul authorities to search dorm rooms for the pilfered maps after they were contacted by the CTA. A Monday DePaulia story about... Read more »
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News pickup: "L" Loop project slow; more wood platforms being replaced on Brown Line

July 1: CTA Green Line gets new Series 5000 rail cars. (Photo by Max T-M)
After five days at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, I’m getting caught up on some CTA news. Special thanks to Patrick Barry for covering the announcement of the Loop bus rapid transit project. Loop track project off to slow start. Following a two-week break after its first weekend Loop “L” track replacement, the CTA will... Read more »