CTA Tests New Rail Cars on Red Line

The new prototype cars are being tested to see how they perform during the winter months

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    Zach Christman
    The Red Line keeps running the day after the storm.

    CTA commuters might have a smoother ride on the Red Line today, as the agency tests out new rail cars.

    The Chicago Transportation Authority is testing 10 prototype cars on the Red Line to see how they perform under conditions the fleet faces throughout the year.

    The rail cars have a support system under each car that should make for a smoother ride, according to the CTA. Some riders complained that new cars left smaller, with less seating than current cars.

    Upgrades on the new cars include networked security cameras, sensors to detect door obstructions, more support poles and handstraps for standing riders.

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    The rail cars already have been tested on on the Yellow and Purple lines.