Chicago's new railcars unveiled

Posted on November 8, 2011

Photo credit: Patrick Pyszka, City of Chicago.
Photo credit: Patrick Pyszka, City of Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Forrest Claypool unveiled new 5000-series railcars, manufactured by  Bombardier Transportation Corp., marking the first time there has been an addition to the rail fleet since 1992.

Following a successful prototype testing period, the first of 706 brand new, full production model cars will debut on the Pink Line. As more cars continue to arrive, they will be tested internally to ensure all components are operating properly before going into service.

The total cost of the railcars is $1.137 billion, which is funded by two CTA bond issuances backed by sales tax receipts. The remainder is paid for by $150 million in federal funds.

Emanuel and Claypool were joined for the inaugural run at the Midway station on the Orange Line by representatives from Bombardier Transportation, the manufacturer of the cars.

"The CTA remains the primary mode of transportation for many residents of Chicago, and these new railcars reflect the agency's commitment to its customers and to our city," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "In order for Chicago to grow, continue attracting new businesses and increase the quality of life for all Chicagoans we must continue to invest in public transportation, improving transit infrastructure and expanding service."

The railcars feature an aisle-facing seating configuration, which adds six inches to the narrowest portion of the aisle, allowing more room for customers carrying backpacks, packages, luggage, strollers and bikes. The aisle-facing seating also provides space for an additional wheelchair position, increasing the total to two per car.

Each railcar has multiple security cameras and will eventually transmit real time video to CTA's Control Center, the Office of Emergency Management and Communication, and the Chicago Police Department. CTA's Control Center will also have remote access to signs, giving them the ability to make emergency audio and text messages inside the trains if needed.

The addition of these new cars to the fleet will allow CTA to retire some of its oldest cars, which average between 32 and 41 years of age.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Alstom to supply new generation metros to Greater Lyon

The binding part of the order includes the delivery of 30 metros for an amount of $152 million dollars.

Texas' TRE increases frequencies, extends service hours

The new schedule features weekday train service every 30 minutes during peak periods. For evening, mid-day and Saturday service, the frequency will be every 60 minutes.

First Hitachi-made rail vehicles for Miami-Dade unveiled

The Miami-Dade Metro contract amounts to about $300 million dollars representing a total quantity of 68 trains (136 cars).

WMATA report on running red lights calls for capping speeds, brighter bulbs

Plans to upgrade signals with LED bulbs at the following problem-spots by the end of the year: National Airport, Silver Spring, Vienna, Grosvenor, Largo, and Farragut North.

Dallas' rail-connected development driving regional growth, study says

Completed or under-construction TOD near DART stations has already generated $69 million in state and local tax revenue.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close