What's up with that?
Q Why do some Blue Line train cars’ doors fold in when they open?
A Next time you step onto an El train with inward-folding “blinker doors,” you may want to reconsider your selection. These double-barrel flytrap-like doors are a sure sign you’re traveling on one of the oldest cars still rolling on CTA rails. The CTA purchased 150 2200-series cars between 1969 and 1970, anticipating the opening of the south branch of the Red Line; unfortunately, the cars sport narrow, wheelchair- and bike-unfriendly folding doors. As the CTA became more sensitive to the needs of its handicapped patrons, helped along by the federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act, the agency began coupling the 2200-series cars with models that feature horizontal-sliding doors—the vast majority of the current fleet. CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski says the remaining 2200-series stalwarts “will be the first replaced” with the next order of rail cars. Ten prototypes will be delivered in 2009, Hosinski says, “and following testing…delivery is scheduled to begin in 2010.”
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