on Tue Oct 13 21:41:14 2009, in response to Re: Here Ya Go...CTA New 5000 ACs (PHOTOS), posted by 9 Local on Tue Oct 13 21:23:06 2009.
From all my sources, there are no plans to mix them. This will mark the third time that the CTA fleet will have an incompatibility. Back in the 1950s, when the PCC 6000s were purchased, they were unable to run with the wood/steel cars and the 4000 series steels. Then in the 1960s, the Pullman 2000s were the first high performance cars and they couldn't run with the PCCs. Now the AC high performances can't run with the other high performance cars...2200s through 3200s. In the late 90s and early 00s, there was a slight non conformance....pantograph equipment was needed for the Yellow/Skokie. Today Howard will assign Red line 2600s or Evanston 2400s there. But some operators really don't like the 2400s. All the catwalk equipped 3200s went to the Brown in exchange, but this morning I saw one back on the Yerllow.