Among those rules:
* Bicyclists may
board or disembark only at stations with elevated platforms.
* No riding on
* Rack space is
available on a first come/first served basis. Space is not guaranteed on an
initial or a return trip, including on late-night trains.
* Bikes may not
block aisles or impede passenger movement.
* Bike cars may
appear during weekday service if needed for seats but bikes are nevertheless
only allowed on select weekend trains.
* Train crews have
the final say on accommodating bikes. Crews may prevent a bicyclist from
boarding due to overcrowding.
In other business,
Noland reported that 80 percent of all South Shore cars are now equipped
with WiFi and that by the end of March the WiFi “should be fully installed”
in all cars.
“We’re really proud
of that,” he said. “It’s a great addition to our system. Kudos to the guys
in the shop. They’ve really done a great job in getting that up and
‘Take Us for a Free
innovative promotion, “Take Us for a Free Ride”--which got picked up on the
wire and made the news in the oddest places, like Laredo, Texas--has proved
to be hugely successful, Noland said.
during the promotion period, March 13-17, increased by more than a quarter,
27 percent; while there were more than 50 media placements reporting the
promotion across Indiana, Chicagoland, and Southwest Michigan.
presence on social media, however, was huge, Noland added: more than 165,000
people were reached, while the landing webpage had 7,334 page views and
6,687 unique visitors.
“We earned some
good will,” Noland said. “We got some people in the system who hadn’t ridden
before and might again.”
NICTD, for its
part, might very well run the promotion again, at some point. “We have the
equipment, we have the crews, we have the capacity,” as Noland put it.
early on the morning of Saturday, March 12, was the result of a freight
switch’s not being lined for South Shore commuter traffic, Noland reported.
Three cars of the empty train--the first of the day--went down one track and
three down another, with several leaving the tracks altogether.
No one was injured
but several cars sustained “a fair amount of damage,” not to mention the
cost incurred by the necessity of arranging for the services of a heavy
crane to right the cars and clear the track.
suspended for some 12 hours.
for the first two months of the year are down 1.8 percent from the year-ago
period; average weekday, down 2.8 percent; average peak, down 2.2 percent;
average off-peak, down 4.3 percent; and average weekend, down 1.2 percent.
for the first two months of 2016 was also off last year’s pace: on-time
weekday peak was 82.9 percent (86 percent in year-ago); on-time weekday
off-peak, 81.6 percent (88.7 percent); on-time weekend, 78.6 percent (80.8
percent); and total on-time, 81.4 percent (86.5 percent).