Monday, October 24, 2011

CTA's new trains pulling into the station

Full production is finally under way on an order of 706 new CTA rail cars, and the first 26 cars have been delivered to the transit agency, officials told Getting Around over the weekend.

The new rail cars recently arrived in Chicago on trucks from Bombardier Transportation's manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and will enter service soon, officials said.

"We are making final adjustments (to the 26 new cars) before putting them into revenue service in the very near future," CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said. The CTA expects to have 40 more cars delivered from Canada-based Bombardier by the end of the year and another 192 cars delivered in 2012, officials said. The schedule for the remaining cars in 2013 and possibly 2014 is still being worked out, officials said.

CTA is the first customer in the U.S. to receive this new generation of rail cars...

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