Making Chicago Move

March 1, 2018
CenterPoint Properties is developing a new manufacturing center that CRRC Sifang America will use to build the next generation of trains for the Chicago L.

CRRC Sifang America, a subsidiary of CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd, is known for its innovative engineering and high-quality railcars. The company recently won a bid from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to construct as many as 846 new train cars for the city’s iconic elevator metro system. CRRC will build the railcars in Chicago with labor from local union workers.

To read the full article, visit pages 34-35 of the spring 2018 issue.

US state of Illinois eyes closer ties with China

November 28, 2017
A brand new railcar plant is beginning to take shape on the outskirts of Chicago. This is a $100 million investment by the Chinese company CRRC. Over the next few years, the company will roll out an initial order of 400 railcars here. It is just the latest example of the growing trade between Chicago and China.

Watch CGTN America segment here.

New CTA Rail Car Factory A ‘Ray Of Hope’ For Southeast Side, Alderman Says

March 16, 2017
For 10th Ward Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza, the start of construction on a new factory on the Southeast Side of Chicago that will build new rail cars for the Chicago Transit Authority represents a big step forward for the area.

First step to new CTA rail cars: Build the factory in Chicago

March 15, 2017
Construction is expected to begin in Chicago this week on a Chinese state-owned rail company’s assembly plant that will produce up to 846 new rail cars for the Chicago Transit Authority…

Rahm Emanuel set to break ground on new CTA rail car factory

March 15, 2017
The city will break ground Thursday afternoon on a $100 million factory that will churn out new rail cars for the CTA on the Southeast Side.The new manufacturing plant at 13535 S. Torrence Ave. will create more than 300 skilled factory and new construction jobs, according to a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office…

CTA board approves contract to replace half of rail cars

March 10, 2016
A monumental overhaul of the Chicago Transit Authority’s rail car line was launched Wednesday with the approval of a $1.3 billion contract to replace about half of its fleet — the biggest car purchase in the agency’s history…

CTA Board awards new contract for rail cars, jobs

March 9, 2016
The Chicago Transit Authority board voted today to award a new contract for more than 800 new rail cars to CSR Sifang America, a Chinese manufacturer of high speed and public transit passenger train cars…

CTA OKs $1B contract for train cars built on South Side by Chinese firm

March 9, 2016
A Chinese manufacturer has won the contract to build the next generation of Chicago Transit Authority rail cars, and part of the deal calls for building the cars on the Far South Side at 135th Street and Torrence Avenue…..

Enjoy the view: Seating arrangement changes on new CTA rail cars

March 9, 2016
A Chinese company Wednesday won a $1.3 billion contract for the largest rail car order in CTA history — rail cars that will feature fewer of the inward-facing seats that have raised howls from customers…

CTA Board OKs Deal For Nearly 850 New Rail Cars

March 9, 2016
The CTA’s board Wednesday approved the largest single purchase of rapid transit cars in Chicago history, giving the contract to a Chinese rail manufacturer that has promised to build a final assembly plant on the city’s Far South Side….