CTA orders next-generation rapid-transit cars

The Chicago Transit Authority (IL) ordered 300 new subway cars from Bombardier at a cost of $331 million. The new cars will use alternating current propulsion, which allows dynamic braking regeneration, lower energy and maintenance costs, and improved reliability. The cars will also be equipped with an active suspension system to keep the floor is level with the station platform during boarding along with real-time diagnostics. Bombardier will build the cars in Plattsburgh (NY). Link to full story in Chicago Sun-Times.

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