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CTA testing electronic signs on Orange, Brown Line cars

  • A 5000-series CTA rail car, which displays an electronic destination sign on the front of the car. The CTA is testing two pairs of 3200-series rail cars that operate on the Orange and Brown lines with new electronic destination signs on the front of the first car and on the inside of the cars.
A 5000-series CTA rail car, which displays an electronic destination sign… (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune )
May 13, 2014|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

The CTA is testing electronic signs on its Orange and Brown Line cars, the agency said today.

Last week, the CTA equipped two pairs of 3200-series rail cars that operate on the Orange and Brown lines with new electronic destination signs on the front of the first car and on the inside of the cars. The signs replace the traditional roller curtain on the sides and ends of each car. Those signs scroll to display the destination of the car.

Starting next year, the CTA plans to equip all of its 256 3200-series cars with these signs. The CTA board approved the purchase of these displays for $4.1 million from Axion Technologies in August.

"Over the next several months we’ll be monitoring the performance of the new destination displays before giving the manufacturer the go-ahead to begin production of the full order," CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said in an email to RedEye.

The Red, Green, Purple, Pink, and Yellow lines feature the 5000-series cars with aisle-facing seats that already have the electronic destination signs.

When the CTA first rolled out the signs on the 5000-series cars, the sign didn't correspond with the color of the line, which confused some riders at stops served by multiple lines. The CTA changed the signs so that, for example, a Pink Line train now has its destination shown in pink.

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