Bombardier preferred bidder rapid transit cars Chicago
Montréal, Canada – Bombardier Transportation announced 2006-05-10 that it has been selected as the preferred bidder on a major order for rapid transit cars from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The CTA Board selected Bombardier for a base order of 206 rapid transit vehicles and exercised a first option for 200 additional vehicles for a total of 406 cars. The total number of cars involved could increase to 706 should CTA exercise all available options. A contract is expected to be finalized in May or Juni 2006.
The new rapid transit cars will be the first in the CTA fleet to utilize alternating current (AC) propulsion, a technology that permits dynamic braking regeneration, lower energy and maintenance costs, and improved reliability. Bombardier was the first rail car builder to supply AC propulsion technology to transit authorities in the United States and Canada. The new fleet of cars also will be equipped with a special leveling system to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The system ensures that access to the car floor is level with the station platform during boarding.
The contract calls for delivery of ten prototype cars 30 months after official Notice to Proceed is given by the CTA. The prototypes will undergo nine months of revenue service testing before delivery of production series cars begins.
The CTA operates the second largest public transportation system in the United States, covering the city of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs. CTA trains provide about 500,000 customer trips each day via seven routes, 222 miles of track and 144 stations.
William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America said: “We are honored to add Chicago to the list of major cities in North America that will be served by Bombardier rapid transit cars — this includes Boston, Mexico City, Montréal, New York and Toronto. Today’s selection of Bombardier as preferred bidder demonstrates our continuing leadership in this sector of the North American market.“