Posts tagged "Series 5000 rail cars"

CTA takes delivery of more than half of 5000 Series rail cars; added to Purple, Yellow lines

The CTA rollout of its new 5000 Series rail cars is now past the halfway point. The cars with the aisle-facing seats recently started running on the Purple and Yellow lines. The CTA now has taken delivery of 428 of its total order of 714. They are running on the Pink, Green, Red, Purple and... Read more »

Bombardier submits low bid for next delivery of new CTA rail cars - with fewer aisle-facing seats

The same company that manufactured CTA’s newest Series 5000 rail cars has submitted the lowest bid to build the next order of rail cars for the transit agency, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Bombardier Transit Corp. has bid $1.39 billion to build 846 “Series 7000″ rail cars, set for delivery in 2018. Bombardier has... Read more »

CTA listens to riders, will change seating pattern on future new rail cars

After months of customer complaints about the aisle-facing seats in the new 5000 Series rail cars, the CTA announced Thursday that less than half the seats in its next generation of rail cars will face the aisle, the Tribune reports. Field research and a customer survey confirmed complaints aired here since the 5000 Series cars... Read more »
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No hiding for flashers on new CTA rail cars

No hiding for flashers on new CTA rail cars
I have often been critical about the tight seating on new CTA 5000 Series rail cars. Even normal-sized riders have to squeeze into the seats, and forget about sitting if you’re even slightly overweight. But these open, aisle-facing seats do have a plus side, and it takes a woman to notice it – there are... Read more »

CTA surveys riders on design elements - including seating - for future rail cars

In a new survey, the CTA is asking for rider opinions about various aspects of the rail car of the future, part of the new 7000 series. Take the survey. The CTA is seeking those opinions in advance of the request for proposals it will publish to get bids from rail car manufacturers. “It’s a... Read more »

Look to the past to inform seating design of future CTA rail cars

Look to the past to inform seating design of future CTA rail cars
With the announcement that the CTA would issue bids for the next generation of the CTA rail cars, talk turned again to the uncomfortable aisle-facing seats on the new 5000 series train cars currently plying the rails on the Pink, Green and Red lines. The seating configuration is uncomfortable because many Chicagoans are simply too... Read more »
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CTA to replace lighting on new rail cars, buy 8 more at discount

CTA to replace lighting on new rail cars, buy 8 more at discount
The CTA board today OK’ed a change in lighting in the new aisle-facing rail cars from fluorescent to LED lights. Officials say the switch will save energy, improve lighting and result in longer bulb life of 12 years. The average life expectancy of fluorescent light bulbs is about two years, and the bulbs require special... Read more »

CTA issues bids to manufacture the next version of new rail cars

Have you gotten used to the new CTA 5000 Series rail cars yet? Doesn’t matter because the CTA today announced it’s inviting train manufacturers to bid on new 7000 Series rail cars. Deliveries of the new rail cars should begin around 2016, according to a CTA news release. The new cars will replace current rail... Read more »

Upon further review, there's much to like about new CTA rail cars

Gotta love your time and loacation. (Photo by Max T-M)
I’ve been critical of the aisle-facing seating in the new CTA 5000 Series rail cars. My beef is with the continuing use of the confining, molded plastic “bucket” seats instead of bench seating, where people of any size take up the space they need. But even if you’re not a fan of the seating arrangement,... Read more »
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Red Line riders coming face-to-face with new CTA rail cars

March 8: Defective Chinese-made parts were blamed for putting new Series 5000 rail cars out of service. (CTA photo)
The CTA on Monday added two eight-car Series 5000 trains to the Red Line. So the busiest “L” line and its riders now get to check out the smooth, quiet ride, and see whether they like the long expanses of aisle-facing seats. I actually do like the new cars. They are quiet, more roomy, and... Read more »