846 unit order to cut Chicago's maintenance bill by $7m annually
China Railway Rolling Stock Corp subsidiary CSR Sifang America has been awarded a $1.3billion order to supply up to 846 railcars to the Chicago Transit Authority, the biggest train orderin the midwest city's history.
The new cars, the 7000-series, will look similar to those that have been in operation since the1980s, the 2600-series, and will be locally assembled at a new purpose-built plant.
Brian Steele, a CTA spokesman, said the contract is expected to create around 169 new jobs,including mechanical engineers and electricians.
CSR Sifang America is a joint venture between Qingdao-based CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co Ltdand Chicago-based CSR America.
The new vehicles can be run at 112 kilometers per hour and will be equipped with LED lighting,passenger information systems and air conditioners.
Wang Mengshu, a deputy to the National People's Congress and deputy chief engineer of ChinaRailway Tunnel Group Ltd, hailed the new deal as "another major breakthrough for the Chineserailway industry in the North American market".
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