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Chicago adds $331M to Bombardier rail car order

The Chicago Transit Authority has issued a US$331 million order for an additional 300 5000-Series rapid transit cars from Bombardier Transportation’s North American operation.


July 20, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

BERLIN, Germany: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has issued a US$331 million order for 300 5000-Series rapid transit cars from Bombardier Transportation’s North American operation, adding to the original contract announced in 2006.

Bombardier said the total number of cars purchased by CTA is now 706, bringing the total value of the contract to approximately $1 billion.

The cars are assembled and track tested at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, NY using some components produced in La Pocatiere, Que. and Sahagun, Mexico.

These 5000-Series cars will be the first in the Chicago fleet to use alternating current propulsion, which Bombardier said permits dynamic braking regeneration, and lowers costs of energy and maintenance.

They’ll also be equipped with an active suspension system to ensure that the car floor is level with the station platform during boarding, allowing passengers to board the train more easily.

Other features of these next-gen cars include greater capacity, better communications systems, increased security and real-time diagnostics to improve reliability.

Bombardier currently has rapid transit car orders for 468 new cars for Montreal and 420 new cars for Toronto.

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