Pacific 2-3-1 wrote:Murphy's Law is not likely to be repealed anytime soon.Reducing capacity does not seem to be a good answer. Plus if Murphy was on one of the side tracks the train would have had a different surface to violently end its run. The only way closing the center track would help would be if there was an overrun tunnel on both side tracks long enough that a train could be tripped and stopped before hitting anything else. Photos on http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/ohare.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; show buffers at the end of both side tracks (easily seen in separate photos http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/image ... hare07.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/image ... hare02.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ).
Even it causes backups, I think they should take out the center track at O'Hare and just have two tracks and one very wide platform.