CTA Introduces New Train Cars
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 15, 2010 9:00PM
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But don't be surprised if these new cars seem more crowded than the old ones. The new cars have as many as eight fewer seats compared to the older trains and as many as 123 passengers can be squeezed on to the new cars, an increase of between 20 and 30 passengers. So what happens if the CTA decides to make some alterations to the cars to avoid the same miscues that plagued the short-lived Maxi-car trial run? Paul Fish, the CTA's vice president of budget and capital finance said, "We will gauge customer reaction...If we don't like it, we can do a change order."
The new train cars will see action beginning next week but won't be widely produced until the CTA hammers out final specs. Once those are all figured out, the mass production will begin, probably sometime next year, and a dozen new trains will roll out each month until all 406 new trains are in place by 2013. The CTA also has an option of ordering 300 new cars if the demand - and money - are there. More information on the new cars can be found here.