See Tea Eh Posted February 4, 2013 Report Share Posted February 4, 2013 I doubt it was changed on my quote as well. My speculation... it's 2013, these railcars won't be needed until 2015-2016. They could solicit bids during the 4th quarter of this year or early 2014. That gives the winning bidder 1-2 years to create a pair of prototype cars for CTA to inspect and make any changes to. I don't think it takes 18 months to put together two railcars with today's modern technology. A few weeks, perhaps months and you have two complete railcars. If it's a new design, it certainly takes longer than that. The existing 5000s didn't get their first prototypes delivered until 2009, and that contract was signed when, 2005 or 2006 (don't have the date off the top of my head)? Toronto's new subway cars were ordered in 2006 and the first one didn't deliver until 2010. Amtrak ordered new railcars in 2010 and the first prototype isn't expected until late this year or early next, and that includes an order for baggage cars, which are arguably the simplest passenger-train-compatible cars you could build (no motors, no seats, no HVAC, no restrooms, etc.). If CTA went with Bombardier and they decided to use the existing 5000-series design (or a very similar design with minimal changes), you could just tack it onto the end of the current order using existing production facilities and practices. Anything else, and you're still talking a 3-4 year minimum lag between contract signing and delivery of the first prototype. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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