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 Brown and Orange lines will keep the Series 3200 trains, which will undergo an overhaul. And the Blue Line will keep its 2600 rail cars.
Meanwhile, the CTA is already planning for its next phase of new rail cars.
Bombardier Transit Corp. has bid $1.39 billion to build 846 "Series 7000" rail cars, set for delivery in 2018. Bombardier is the company that is making the 5000 Series cars under a $1.14 billion contract.
The aisle-facing seating arrangement on the 5000 Series cars has been widely criticized for being too narrow for us big-butted and big-shouldered Chicagoans to fit into comfortably. The 7000 Series cars would be a mix of center-facing and pairs of forward- and backward-facing seats.
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