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CTA places 5000-series cars into service on Red Line

Yesterday, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) added two eight-car, 5000-series trains to the Red Line after successful debuts on the Pink and Green lines.

The cars were added to the existing fleet on the Red Line, the system's busiest route. Additional trains will continue to be added as CTA replaces all of its 35-year-old 2400- and 2600-series cars now in service.

"The cars are a big part of our efforts to modernize the CTA and bring the system into the 21st century," said President Forrest Claypool.

CTA eventually plans to receive 706 5000-series cars at a total cost of $1 billion.

The 5000-series cars are designed to provide smoother acceleration and braking, and feature an aisle-facing seating configuration that adds space to the narrowest part of the aisle to provide more room for riders with backpacks, packages, bicycles and strollers.

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