The Insider on Red, Brown trains waiting for the other
Upon the return of the CTA Insider, some of you had some questions for him. One good question was whether there were rules on motormen on the Red Line waiting for a train on the other track to arrive before pulling out. Here's the Insider's reply:
"The scheduling of trains is set by a run card, and the motor-persons have to stick to this schedule. When we had conductors it was easier to wait. They would give a single buzz on the box to let the motor-person know someone was coming, or two buzzes as a go-ahead signal.
"Without the conductor, the motor-persons are on their own to make these decisons. They have nobody to back them up as to why they were "down." Making it to the next station or switchpoint or "I was waiting for a passenger" doesn't cut it anymore.
"During the am/pm rush, all anyone cares about is moving the trains. When a delay (a delay is considered to be 10 or more minutes) happens, everyone wants to know when they will be moving. I just wish that the passengers could hear what the radio chatter is like during a delay -- it can get personal and heated."