The CTA board last week approved a $92 contract for the materials needed necessary to renovate all 257 of the 3200-series rail cars, used on the Orange and Brown lines. Those cars were originally purchased in 1992-1993.
The overhauls will extend the life of the rail cars and improve their performance, efficiency and reliability by replacing or rebuilding many of the rail cars’ major components, including:
- Propulsion and power system
- Doors and door motor
- Wheel trucks, axles and motors
- Replacement of fluorescent lighting with new LED lighting
This new contract is in addition to contracts approved last year for other components of the 3200-series overhaul work, including:
- Replacing all existing heating and cooling units
- Replacing all auxiliary power supply units
- Installing new, color LED destination signs, similar to those found on the CTA’s newest generation of rail cars, the 5000-series, which are on the Pink, Green, Yellow, Red and Purple lines.
In total, the CTA will invest more than $166 million in the 3200-series fleet overhaul. The CTA will perform the overhaul work in-house.
The CTA board last week also OK'ed a $10 million contract over three years for unarmed security who main job will be to help prevent graffiti vandalism and theft.
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