Despite a highly-publicized operating budget, the Chicago Transit Authority is spending money to modernize its operations. Earlier this month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a public show of new surveillance cameras the agency is installing at its stations to increase safety, and the CTA is closer to purchasing hundreds of new rail cars.
The CTA’s five-year journey to purchase new trains rounded a big curve today when the transit agency’s board approved a financing strategy to acquire 300 rail cars.
Some minor bugs still need to be worked out on the new 5000 Series trains before CTA officials give the final go-ahead to Bombardier Transportation to begin production on a total of 706 rail cars covered under several purchase options, CTA president Forrest Claypool said.
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