Contact Contact

Revamping CTA’s Articulated Buses

March 6, 2019

IMG 8732

["By Brian Lowenberg, Capital Program Specialist, Capital Programs\n\nWhat’s your favorite CTA bus? I’ve always liked the bendy buses, or in CTA speak: articulated buses. They are spacious, well lit and provide a comfortable ride on some of CTA’s busier routes. CTA’s articulated buses, also known as the 4000 series, were manufactured by New Flyer and went into service in 2008. These buses are unique not only because they bend in the middle but also because they have a hybrid powertrain system (powered by a diesel engine and additional battery power).\n\n\"IMG_8718\"\n\nAfter 10 years of service, in Chicago’s harsh environment, these buses have seen several hundred thousand miles of wear and tear and were ready to be refurbished so that they could continue to faithfully serve riders for at least another 10 years. RTA’s Capital Team was instrumental in lining up funding so that the project could proceed. Over $15,000,000 was provided by RTA from RTA bonds issued in 2016.\n\nLike the powertrain system, this project required coordination and collaboration between multiple pieces in order for the project to work harmoniously. The RTA's Project Management Oversight (PMO) group also played an important role in the rehab process. The PMO Team is tasked with overseeing   capital projects to make sure that the work meets the specifications agreed upon, is within budget, provides value to the regional transit system, and works with the service boards to help reduce schedule delays should any arise. The PMO Team regularly worked with the CTA team to ensure the contractors’ finished product is a major improvement for riders.\n\n[gallery ids=\"/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8701.jpg",",/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8705.jpg",",/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8707.jpg",",/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8713.jpg",",/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8714.jpg",",/uploads/images/blog/WP-Old/2019/03/IMG_8720.jpg","\" type=\"square\"]\n\nThe rehab process included replacing the powertrain, rehabbed the articulated joint, replaced door opening mechanisms, revamped the suspension, and replaced the hybrid components that power the bus. While the finished product may look very familiar, it’s an entirely new bus under the hood.\n\nAs the project is wrapping up, the Capital and PMO teams had the opportunity to visit the garage where the overhaul was occurring. Cummins, the engine manufacturer, along with New Flyer, the bus manufacturer, worked together to perform the rehab work at two garages in Hodgkins, IL. Their facilities are state of the art and can even handle the new Pace CNG Buses that I mentioned back in my last blog post.\n\n\"IMG_8730\"\n\nThe RTA was glad to have the opportunity to inspect the finished product at the garage. With most of the buses already returning to service, customers will have the opportunity to ride the updated buses well in to the future.\n\nWe look forward to continuing to share the investments that RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace are making on capital projects, which are helping to improve the reliability of the system, improve your experience riding on our services and bringing the system towards a state of good repair.\n\n--\n\nBrian Lowenberg joined the Regional Transportation Authority in 2017 as an intern in the Regional Coordination Department, while completing his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After graduation, he joined the RTA full time as Capital Programming Specialist in the Capital Programming Department.  Brian believes in the importance of public transportation in creating a thriving region. Having lived in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hong Kong, San Francisco, the South of France and now Chicago, he has experienced the incredible value that transportation brings to cities around the world."]

Subscribe to our Newsletter

* indicates required
Type your email address here
What emails would you like to receive from the RTA
Tagged in:

Related Articles

RTA ADA AWARENESS 2020 1 RTA celebrates 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This month the RTA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA transformed society and provided opportunities f...

July 29, 2020
Pace Buses 3569195969 1588881889263 Take a survey to help improve mobility options for older adults and people with disabilities

Do you or someone you know face transportation challenges? The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) wants to hear from you about transportation issues and...

May 7, 2020
Transportation Tuesday Event Brite Banner V3 004 Transportation Tuesday Webinar Series: Attend the 2020 RTA Annual Planning Workshop Virtually

The RTA is launching a four-part webinar series in place of the Annual Planning Workshop due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The free, virtual sessions wil...

April 17, 2020
Call Banner 3485388325 1590696008966 Announcing the 2020 Access to Transit Program Call for Projects for Small-Scale Capital Projects

We are excited to announce that the call for projects for the RTA  Access to Transit Program is now open. The RTA launched the Access to Transit program in 2...

March 13, 2020
22 RTA 0646 Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month from the RTA

Each year the RTA celebrates Women’s History Month in March to recognize the women who work at, and ride, CTA, Metra, and Pace every day. The celebration coi...

March 8, 2020
Survey image How's Your Ride? Take This Survey

We’d like to hear your thoughts about public transit!  The RTA is sponsoring a system-wide customer satisfaction survey and would like your feedback about yo...

March 2, 2020
Copyright © 2024 Regional Transportation Authority. All Rights Reserved.