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CTA to install computerized work-order system at maintenance facilities


Yesterday, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board approved a $5.5 million contract to purchase and install fleet maintenance computer hardware at rail and bus facilities.

System Development Integration will supply and install the equipment at nine rail terminals, eight bus garages and two maintenance facilities.

The computerized work-order system will enable CTA mechanics to enter all information related to vehicle work into a central database to keep track of maintenance time, defective parts, materials used, parts cost and warranty information for the authority’s 1,190 rail cars and 2,000 buses. It also will help mechanics schedule maintenance and fleet upgrades.

System integration, testing and training is expected to be complete by 2006’s end.

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