CTA OKs contract to overhaul rail cars on Brown, Orange lines

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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  • I don't know if it is news that the CT Board rubber stamped something staff put out several months ago.

    I also still wonder if the canceled 7000s solicitation was a joke (like the one for 900 articulated buses) when this rehab is supposed to last 10 years, and thus, theoretically, the 3200s won't be eligible for retirement until 2016, notwithstanding that 256 7000s were supposed to replace these cars.

    Finally, with the requisitions for 257 cars, I wonder what they are going to do with mismatch car 3458.

    You think anyone in CTA rail engineering will answer those questions for you?

  • BTW, I think the contract was more than $92.00.

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    I wonder if this will include any interior refresh work?

  • In reply to Seth:

    New lighting, and I would imagine they'd at least replace the seat fabric.

  • In reply to chris:

    Hopefully the seating arrangement will go back to the forward facing seats on all cars.

  • In reply to Richard S.:

    The 3200s have always had forward/backward seats, but they also had the weird single seats.
    They never had the godawful insanity of the 5000s seats.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Of course, they were the first with 2 x 1 seats, as opposed to earlier cars with 2x2 seats. Reduced seating capacity from about 49 to 41, but I guess not the outrage that either the Max Capacity 3200s or the 5000s engendered.

  • Will these cars stay on the Orange and Brown Lines or be transitioned elsewhere?

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