Mayor Emanuel showed off the newest CTA buses Wednesday, as the CTA begins taking delivery of 300 40-foot clean diesel buses manufactured by Nova Bus. The buses will start hitting the streets in May.
According to the CTA, "the new buses feature a sleeker body design, bigger windows, brighter LED lighting and seamless flooring. In addition, new safety features include 10 surveillance cameras per bus and improved safety barriers between customers and the operators." The buses also will have some local flavor - the seats were made by Humboldt Park-based Freedman Seating.
"The seats feature innovative, lightweight and durable materials that can withstand heavy use in all seasons. These lightweight seats help to reduce overall vehicle weight and, therefore, fuel costs to the CTA. The partnership between the CTA and Nova has meant the creation of 50 new jobs by Freedman, with more Freedman and local supplier jobs expected to bring the total number to about 100 new local positions."
Buses will start arriving in April, with continued delivery through the end 2015.
Last year, the CTA OK'ed a $148 million contract for Nova to build the buses. They will replace Nova buses purchased by the CTA between 2000 and 2002 that are beyond their useful life. Under the Nova contract, the CTA has the option to purchase an additional 150 buses.