The Singapore train cars need their whole bodies replaced, according to Singapore’s transportation agency. They’re going back to a Chinese factory for repairs.
In March, the CTA gave the same manufacturer, CSR Sifang, a $1.3 billion contract.
The CTA responded to questions about the Singapore trains with an emailed statement that the local agency’s contract, “includes a number of quality controls for the new rail cars.” Those include inspection upon delivery and a warranty.
Also, as part of the CTA contract, the company will assemble the train cars in Chicago, which could make returns easier.