STrRedWolf wrote:You have to remember when comparing the Dan Ryan Chicago 'L' Red Line section to WMATA is that people there had alternative rail in the The Lake-Englewood/Jackson Park Green Line. The plan there was to put the Red on the elevated Green always going to Englewood, and the Green would exclusively serve Jackson Park. The Dan Ryan parts would be shuttled to Garfield station, where both Red and Green were servicing.
Not only that, the buses that shuttled from the Dan Ryan had two different modes:
When the Green Line was being reconstructed, they just had the feeder buses drop off at Red Line stations instead of Green Line for a while.
- Morning through evening, shuttles would be dedicated between Garfield and the various stations, so folks at 96th would be expressed to Garfield and back.
- Late at night, a separate shuttle would hit all the stations up an down the line plus Garfield.
In this case, there's not much duplication in DC, so shuttle buses can only go for short sections.
In the "Infuriating History of how Metro got so bad" topic I replied on how Chicago had rail route alternatives
to fall back on - in that Washingtonian article the author only mentioned bus service during the Dan Ryan re-
construction Project for some reason and left out the rail routes.
What you mention in your post - Dan Ryan trains were rerouted to Englewood (63/Ashland) over the L during
the Dan Ryan Reconstruction Project - which had past precedence because before the 1993 CTA route changes
creating the Howard-Dan Ryan Red Line it was Howard-Englewood-Jackson Park (and Lake-Dan Ryan) that were
the former routes these trains used - they just used the old connection to the State Street Subway to offer this
alternate routing - keeping that redundancy in place greatly helped the CTA during that time period.
Another factor not mentioned is having two Metra commuter rail routes that roughly parallel the Dan Ryan route:
One to two miles east - Metra Electric has stations at 71st, 79th, 87th and 95th Streets on their Main Line.
I am only mentioning the stations that are directly east of Dan Ryan stations south of the L at 63rd Street.
There are other Main Line stations - and the South Chicago Branch which itself is further to the east.
To the west there is Rock Island District service available at these stations on the RI Main Line which are:
Gresham - 820 w 87th Street (at Halsted St.) - one mile west of 87/Dan Ryan
Longwood - 95th Street and Vincennes Avenue - 1 1/4 mile west of 95/Dan Ryan
Washington Heights - 103rd and Vincennes Avenue - about 2 miles SW of 95/Dan Ryan
There is Beverly Branch (RI "Suburban Line") service at Brainerd (89th/Loomis) 1 1/2 miles west and
stations every half mile SW on that line to Blue Island - where the Metra Electric Blue Island Branch
is also available as another alternate rail route to other South Side points and Downtown Chicago.
In comparison can MARC and VRE - on their routes paralleling Metro lines - offer any form of added service
during the term of a Metrorail route closure period? Can they reasonably accommodate added riders that do
normally use Metro during any major service changes such as the recent 3/16 one day shutdown?
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS