All 706 of the new rail cars – including 40 already delivered – will sport colored LED destination signs on the front, back and sides in the color of the rail line, CTA officials announced at the monthly board meeting.
All older model rail cars currently have destination signs depicted in the rail line color. The lack of colored LED signs was one criticism of the new rail cars. The retrofit will cost a total of about $8.5 million, the Tribune reports, “but the transit agency will not pay the additional amount because credits were factored into the $1.137 billion contract, said CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan.”
This is a good change that should reduce customer confusion.
Transit officials also said the Pink Line, where the new Series 5000 rail cars currently are deployed, should have only the new cars by no later than February. Then the Green Line will get the next deployment of new cars.