Thinking it can get better bids, the CTA has rejected the two current bids it got on the new 7000 Series rail cars.
Bombardier, the manufacturer of the newest 5000 Series cars, had submitted a low bid of $1.39 billion to build 846 7000 Series rail cars. Bombardier has already delivered about 460 of 714 5000 Series cars under a $1.14 billion contract.
“We decided to seek new bids for the cars to encourage a wider range of bids from rail car manufacturers around the world,’’ CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase told the Tribune. “We think that requiring compatibility so that the two types of cars can be coupled together was one of the factors that limited the responses we received.”
The 7000 Series will dump the much-hated aisle-facing seats (for the most part) found on the 5000 Series cars.
When it opens up the new bid process, the CTA will ask for a larger base order than the previous 100 cars in order to draw more competition and lower prices.
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