Status of new rail cars and three-tracking: More of your questions answered
This week I finally got answers to the bulk of the questions you had for Ron Huberman and the CTA, that we didn't a chance to ask at the second Coffee with Ron. Today and over the next couple of week I will print those questions and answers.
What is the status of delivery of new rail cars? When and what lines first?
The delivery of 10 prototype rail cars is expected in 2009. Following testing and evaluation of the prototypes, delivery of the base order and option one is scheduled to begin in 2010 through 2012. Once the cars have been tested and evaluated on out-of-service trains they will begin to be tested on each rail line in the system.
Why go to SRO cars soon when three-track will be ending and more capacity will be added. Will we still need the Max Capacity cars after three tracking ends?
Ridership is up throughout the system, and the CTA is continuously developing initiatives to accommodate this increase as well as constantly seeking ways to improve service and the efficiency of travel for its customers. Throughout the reduced seat rail car pilot, CTA will continue to evaluate the effectiveness and need for the cars during the morning and evening rush.
Once three-track is over, will the trains return to their regular intervals, and will we see an increase in the number of runs?
CTA is currently analyzing the system to determine the frequency and route trains will run following the completion of three-track work.