It's looking like the CTA will not exercise its option for more CRRC-produced 7000-series L cars after the initial order of 400 is complete.
======snip==========Duckworth, Durbin and Quigley Announce $200 Million for CTA Railcar Replacement
May 5, 2023
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today announced $200,000,000 in federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) railcar replacement efforts. This funding comes through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 Rail Vehicle Replacement (RVR) Program, helping transit systems with much-needed capital improvements to replace rail rolling stock.
Here is a StreetBlog critique of the 7000-series cars, from 2 years ago, with suggestions on what to improve for this next build.Funding provided to CTA through this FTA grant program will support the commutes and travel of the millions who use the CTA and allow the agency to begin planning and designing for the future procurement of its next generation of railcars – the 9000-Series. This next generation of railcars would replace CTA’s oldest railcars that were manufactured more than 40 years ago.