Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and CRRC Sifang America have broken ground on a new $100M rail car manufacturing facility on the southeast side of Chicago.
The new 35,400 sq m facility will assemble CTA’s newest rail cars, the 7000-series, marking the first time in more than 50 years that CTA rail cars will be produced in Chicago.
The move comes after CTA awarded a contract to CRRC Sifang America to manufacture up to 846 new rail cars. The first order of 400 rail cars will be assembled at the new manufacturing facility.
Commenting on the new development, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, said: “This new facility represents a major investment in Chicago that will bring economic opportunities to the Southeast Side, while creating good-paying jobs for hundreds of workers.
“The rail cars that emerge from this facility will be the latest step we’ve taken to invest in world-class transportation, and to create a 21st Century transit system.”
US senator Tammy Duckworth said: “Improving our city’s infrastructure and bringing rail car manufacturing jobs back to the Southside of Chicago for the first time in over three decades is a significant achievement that will open up new economic opportunities for local businesses and working families.”
The project is expected to create over 300 skilled factory and construction jobs.
The facility is anticipated to be complete by early 2018, with the first rail car prototypes expected to be complete in 2019.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.