Your profile says you are located in the East, roughly 1000 miles away. That's one problem....we often get fans who live far removed and who look at track maps or read on Chicago "L". org and think they've solved something. First the Brown line reroute is only for five weekdays. Green line doesn't need additional service for those five days, it's doing just fine as it is. Second, the detoured Brown line trains are being turned at 37th St. Middle track, not at Roosevelt. They just go out of service t Roosevelt, officially. There is no turnback tracks available at Roosevelt or at 17th St. Junction. Passengers are permitted to ride and disembark at 35th/Bronzeville on the Green line before the detoured Browns turnback. This is not advertised. Three, about three or four trains already operate out of Midway on the Orange line and run as Brown line trains between the Loop and Kimball terminal. These trains are all rerouted to the Red line subway already during the five days. These trains are not advertised either, but they've run each detour day. They come south from Kimball, they carry red "Roosevelt" signs, but when they leave Roosevelt, they go through 17th St. junction and go on to Midway as an Orange line train.
DH: I was thinking about just running those trains down to 63/Cottage Grove or 63/Ashland instead of turning them at Roosevelt
MACTRAXX wrote:Everyone: Another thought would be to route those Ravenswood trains all the way thru to either Englewood
What makes you think additional service is needed on the Cottage Grove branch or the Ashland branch of the Green line?
or Jackson Park adding more service to those routes-but with the added trains serving the South Side L during
the Dan Ryan Re-Construction Project this would not be practical during that time period...
Road - but I now realize that the South Side L probably is being served enough by its existing service level...the added trains during
the Dan Ryan Re-Construction Project would probably be enough for the ridership increase anticipated this year...
This topic got me to study some CTA track maps and it got me thinking: Why not run those detoured Ravenswood trains using the
State Street Subway thru to Midway using the restored 17th Street Junction connection?
This would provide a new "connection" route between two lines that regularly go their separate ways via the Loop L and it could
possibly become a new regular routing if it is practical...even if as an example it is only operated on a limited basis like at peak
travel times...Has there ever been thought of linking the Ravenswood and Midway lines at any point?
Now the five month Red line Ryan closure will be a different operation altogether. That begins in mid May.
DH: I note the location of that turning track mentioned at 37th Street to turn the Ravenswood trains
and it works for this detour fine...I was not aware how short term that it was at first...
I also was not aware that the CTA can-and does-run some trains thru to Midway from Kimball at times...
It shows that this option is available if need be...
I learned the CTA rail routes primarily thru my late Uncle who worked for CTA as a motorman from
1958 thru 1986 and got to use the CTA system on visits during what I call my Chicago "visiting years"
which was 1973 thru 1988...At one point I seriously thought of re-locating to Chicago during those
years and I knew that the CTA would have been "Nice Work if You Can Get It" (the name of a current
Broadway stage play starring Matthew Broderick - Remember "Ferris Bueller?)...
I just wonder how my Uncle would view today's CTA state of affairs with the condition of some of
the routes - the slow zones primarily - and changes like the color names - I use the true route names
because that is how I learned them back then and my personal dislike of CTA's color names...
My Uncle passed away in January 1988 after being retired for less then two years at that point...
I keep up on the CTA through websites like Graham Garfield's http://www.chicago-l.org
and this one
which are a very good source of information showing the evolution of the CTA's rail system as
we all know...and it is good to learn of operations like these from those "in the know" here...
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS