The current cost of renovating the Nippon Sharyo-built cars is about $700,000 each. Each car is gutted and outfitted with new electrical outlets, LED lighting, toilet facilities, wheelchair lifts and composite floors and seats. The upgrades also include overhauled air conditioning systems and upgraded battery chargers for emergency lighting systems. The cars will also be retrofitted with positive train control equipment for cab car operations.
Metra representatives say its team of 60 carmen, electricians and sheet metal workers can rehab a single car in about 28 days. The work will extend the life of each car by 12 to 15 years.
The overhaul work will take place at the agency’s car shop on 49th Street in Chicago.