After rejecting bids from two rail car manufacturers, the CTA announced delivery of the 7000 Series cars will be delayed until 2019. They were originally expected in 2016.
The new cars will NOT feature the much-hated aisle-facing seating configuration. The seating arrangement will look more like Brown Line cars, with a single seat facing forward across the aisle from two seats. This allows for more aisle standing room.
There will be a set of four aisle-facing seats at one end of the car near the bays for wheelchairs.
The total order could be up to 846 cars. From the Tribune story:
Bombardier bid $1.39 billion to produce 846 7000 Series rail cars over 10 years. The Montreal-based company has so far delivered about 500 of 714 cars in the 5000 Series under a $1.14 billion contract, officials said. Those 5000 Series cars are operating on the Pink, Green, Red, Yellow and Purple lines, officials said.
Sumitomo and its manufacturing partner, Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., submitted a $1.55 billion bid to build the 846 7000 Series cars, officials said. The companies have not previously sold rail cars to the CTA.
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