WBEZ | public transporation http://www.wbez.org/tags/public-transporation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago ready to spend $2 billion on new rail cars http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ready-spend-2-billion-new-rail-cars-105405 <p><p>Chicago transit officials are planning to spend up to $2 billion on a new generation of rail cars to modernize the nation&#39;s second-largest mass transit system.</p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority announced Wednesday it is accepting bids for up to 850 new rail cars that would start to roll out in 2016. They would replace &quot;El&quot; cars that are around 30 years old or older, which is beyond the industry standard for a rail car&#39;s useful life.</p><p>The CTA began rolling out another series of newer cars last year that offer a smoother ride and more space.</p><p>The agency says the latest series planned will allow for continuous replacement of its aging fleet.</p><p>In the past, the CTA has waited as long as 20 years between rail car orders.</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ready-spend-2-billion-new-rail-cars-105405