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  by Tadman
 
What should show up on my brown-line ride home but the new 5000's. They sound cool. I like the interior better. And best of all, the jump seat to the left of the cab has been replaced by a desk! I could put my briefcase up and read.

Worth noting that every cab was occupied by a dude in a yellow vest with a laptop. Techs or engineers or maintenance or ....
  by TrainManUPRR
 
I was on one on the orange line about a month ago. The layout in the cars is great, and the electronic system map that lit up with what your next stop was is a nice feature!
  by Tadman
 
I had them again today. I love the sound.
  by Robert Paniagua
 
Oh good! So glad they are inn service, and I like what I heard about the cab interiors, that's even better than MBTA Blue line cars' cabs, they lack that desk dash the CTA 5000s have
  by JamesT4
 
I gotten finally to ride the 5000 series cars yesterday, and to say I like the new cars, and how they look.

I really don't care for the face to face style seating arrangement, but it not bad, Also I had time to ride it to Kimball from downtown, and back, and it was a smoother ride then the other cars.

I like the new door chime when the doors were closing, during the entire ride going towards Kimball not once i heard the Doors Closing recording, now on the way back I only heard it twice. Also I notice that the doors opened slower, then the Older cars.

Other then that Loved the LED sings, and the electronic maps that shows where the train location at is nice, and I hoping to ride it again in the next few weeks, and when it goes on the yellow line.
  by orangeline
 
I'd like to ride on them as well. Next week I have off from work and that will be my chance. Are they running on the Brown line? Is there a set schedule they're operating under and can anyone share what that schedule is? Thanks in advance!
  by Tadman
 
They depart the loop at about 5:40p. I saw them last night enter the loop at 5:20 (at Merchandise Mart). My advice is to hang out at State/Lake starting at 5:30ish and you'll likely see them.
  by lstone19
 
So I rode the Red Line (Jackson to Loyola) for the first time in years (Snowflake Specials excluded) and what should come along but the 5000s. Very nice. Seemed much quieter than the older equipment (unless that noise I hate is unique to the Dearborn subway). It was about noon today (Cubs opener) so it was crush loads to Addison, then fairly uncrowded. I noticed there are lights that flash when the operator is having trouble getting the doors closed thanks to people holding them, etc.
  by tommyboy6181
 
lstone19 wrote:So I rode the Red Line (Jackson to Loyola) for the first time in years (Snowflake Specials excluded) and what should come along but the 5000s. Very nice. Seemed much quieter than the older equipment (unless that noise I hate is unique to the Dearborn subway). It was about noon today (Cubs opener) so it was crush loads to Addison, then fairly uncrowded. I noticed there are lights that flash when the operator is having trouble getting the doors closed thanks to people holding them, etc.
If you are talking about the white light that flashes when the doors are closing on the inside, that is for ADA compliance where a visual/audio cue is required to let passengers know. It would not be due to the TO having trouble closing the doors. The 5000's go 1 step further by introducing a second door chime to let people know the doors are closing.

Example (the white light is off center in the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhIMUcPL ... re=related