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CTA board approves contract to replace half of rail cars
From: Chicago Tribune
By: Mary Wisniewski
Date: 10/03/16

A monumental overhaul of the Chicago Transit Authority's rail car line was launched Wednesday with the approval of a $1.3 billion contract to replace about half of its fleet — the biggest car purchase in the agency's history.

The new generation of 846 rail cars will be built at a new manufacturing facility on the Southeast Side.

The winning bidder to build the 7000 Series cars is CSR Sifang America, whose partners include the Chinese state-owned rail car manufacturing company CRRC Qingdao Sifang and CSR America, which handles North American operations. The same manufacturer is currently building cars for the Boston transit system.

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