208 Chicago buses will leave on capital repairs

208 Chicago buses will leave on capital repairs

Wednesday, may 10, the mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel announced the program on major repairs of 208 buses-«accordions», belonging to the transport company CTA. The budget repair work determined by the sum of $54 million.

Funding for the project will be carried out thanks to contributions from the Federal Fund to the transit Department of the Ministry of transportation and funds received as tax on sale of services CTA and RTA.

Modernization will affect the bus route which runs along Lake Shore Drive as well:

  • No. 14 Jeffrey Jump;
  • No. 22 Clark;
  • No. 26 South Shore Express.
  • No. 36 Broadway;
  • No. X49 Western Express.

Work will begin at the end of this year and will last until 2019.

On average, overhaul of buses required period length is one month. During this time the vehicle will have time to get a new engine, suspension system, batteries, more power, new seats and an updated climate control system.

The new buses will consume less fuel, will become safer and more reliable, promised the President of the company CTA Dorval Carter.

This renovation buses will serve six years longer. And just six years ago, in 2011, was carried out such work. Since then it has repaired about one thousand buses, and procured over 500 new.

City authorities have promised that after repair and 94% of the vehicles at the bus Park CTA “will be either new or like new”.

Another positive point is that for such a large-scale program of repair works will be necessary to create about one hundred new jobs.

Great news for bus riders! Our oldest 60 ft hybrid buses are getting overhauled to provide smoother, more reliable srvc: https://t.co/S3iWXOBA3K pic.twitter.com/BbXmrGvmEb

— cta (@cta) May 10, 2017

«Good news for bus passengers! Our oldest 60-foot hybrid bus will undergo a major overhaul to ensure an uninterrupted and reliable service.»