The transit agency says the cars will emerge from the rebuild more reliable and comfortable. In addition to the upgraded air conditioning units, wiring will be replaced, motors and batteries upgraded, along with doors, springs and control equipment. The makeover even includes pricey LED destination signs.
The CTA’s rail modernization plan has progressed to the point where it can say goodbye to another group of ‘L’ cars nearing their 40th birthday.
CTA is preparing to spend $166 million to upgrade a group of ‘L’ cars that won’t be around for long after they’re rehabbed.
For the first time, the CTA’s fleet of ‘L’ cars is 100 percent accessible. But total accessibility is still a way off for Chicago’s rapid transit system.
The CTA is in no hurry to put its newest ‘L’ cars back into service, despite newly-completed repairs.
Relief is just up the track for CTA riders who are unable to squeeze aboard their trains.