New CTA Cars Yanked From Service
By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 27, 2010 9:40PM
Photo of interior of new train cars via The CTA.
Bombardier, the Pennsylvania manufacturer of the L cars, has been working on a modification tol improve the brakes, according to the CTA, which said the trains haven’t experienced any brake failures but that, under certain conditions a component was found to be affected by vibrations, whch the transit agency said could, over time result in a loss of braking friction.
Once the adjustment is made, the L cars will be tested without passengers before resuming testing again on the Green Line in a few weeks.
Said CTA President Richard Rodriguez, “Testing new rail cars is a long process. We need to be able to evaluate their performance against a number of variables.” The new cars had been carrying passengers for the last week and a half on the Green Line after almost a month carrying passengers on the Red Line.