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 already delivered almost 400 of 714 Series 5000 cars under a $1.14 billion contract.
The aisle-facing seating arrangement on the Series 5000 cars has been widely criticized for being too narrow for us big-butted and big-shouldered Chicagoans to fit into comfortably. The Series 7000 cars would be a mix of center-facing and pairs of forward- and backward-facing seats.
That's good news.