- That first delivery will include just 10 new cars. So don't your hope high about gliding to work in luxury comfort anytime soon.
- As Tracy noted, these are prototype cars meant for initial testing. The full order is not due to arrive until 2011.
- The CTA will do extensive testing on all the different lines before they put them into passenger service.
Here are some key features of the new cars that former President Ron Huberman shared with CTA Tattler last year. (Note: some of these may have changed):
- Recessed lighting.
- Reading lights.
- Six 9-inch TV screens in each car, rotating CTA info and advertising.
- No more advertising cards -- the small TVs are replacing all paper ad cards.
- Computerized Internet controls mean no more herky-jerky rides.
- A "smart" systems map in the middle of the car pinpointing the train's current location.
- The same number of seats arranged longitudinally to allow for more standing room.
- A padded "butt perch" in the area where a wheelchair would go so if
there was no disabled passenger onboard, other passengers could rest
against the padded perch.
- Security cameras in each car.
Also of note: Huberman told me last year these first cars would be delivered last year. So the CTA is a year behind.