Some CTA news stories from the last few days:
Quality problems found on new rail cars. Missing welds on brackets around the corners of the new 5000 Series rail cars caused the CTA to suspend delivery of the rail cars from Bombardier Transportation, according to a Tribune story. Welds were missing welds on brackets along the four corners in the interior of the rail car frame, CTA officials said. The CTA and Bombardier have agreed on how to fix the production errors and regular rail car shipment have resumed. The CTA will get about 20 cars per month. It ordered 706 cars at a price of $1.14 billion; the CTA has received 250 cars. They are running on the Pink, Green and Red lines.
Will Metra use Ventra fare system? Metra may participate in the Ventra fare-payment system, said Metra CEO Alex Clifford. The CTA and Pave this summer will switch to the contactless card payment system. Metra “was an afterthought” during the CTA’s planning for the switch to Ventra with Cubic Transportation Systems, the Tribune reports. This nugget of news was buried at the bottom of the story about Metra considering a contract with a firm to integrate its fare payment system with Ventra. State law requires all three transit systems to adopt the same fare payment technology by 2015.
Quinn names new CTA board member. Frank Zuccarelli, supervisor of Thornton Township, has been named to the CTA’s board by Gov. Pat Quinn. Zuccarelli of South Holland must win Senate approval.