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Re: Bombardier BART cars

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Tue Jan 2 17:45:14 2018, in response to Re: Bombardier BART cars, posted by randyo on Tue Jan 2 17:07:31 2018.

Actually the Ravenswood is an interesting case. When I lived there in the 50s and 60s, Ravenswood was a shuttle only noweekends so no service on the L S of Fullerton to the Loop, and no service late nights. Back then it merited4 car trains in base day service, 6 in rush.
Fast forward to this century, the entire branch was rebuilt to accommodate 8 car trains and service hours are longer. Midday trains can be SRO.
I would add that if CTA had not demolished the Humboldt Branch, that line, also would be busy today. The problem at the time was CTA was saddled with paying off bondswhich never should have been issued in the first place. The new "municipal" (tax free interest)bonds were created to pay off the bodholders of the previous bankrupt CRT, CSL. Imagine if Conrail had been required to pay off the entire indebtedness of the former RRs. And, one should add that in the CTA case, the bonds had mostly been bought up by speculators as they had been worthless for years.

In any event, like unto the L, which was a ghost subway when I lived on 11the betwn B andC in 66-67, and is now jammed, things change. Wisdom would indicate that onekeeps the weak lines in service to foster the rebirth rather than gut them thus delaying rebirth.



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