Chinese automaker delivers first of 400 Chicago subway cars

By ZHONG NAN in Beijing and XIE CHUANJIAO in Qingdao, Shandong | DAILY CHINA | Updated: 2022-06-09 07:13

A 7000 series subway train manufactured by CRRC Sifang America Inc. [Photo by Deng Wangqiang/For China Daily]

CRRC Sifang America Inc, a subsidiary of Illinois-based China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, announced it has begun delivering subway cars to Chicago, marking a breakthrough for the country’s premium rail transit products operating in the USA.

The company sent the first of its 400 subway cars to its client, the Chicago Transit Authority, earlier this week after CTA completed operational testing on the 10 prototype passenger cars.

The 7000 series prototypes were delivered in 2020 and tested in April 2021.

Backed by its comprehensive industrial support and ecological systems, strong financing capacity, mature workforce and growing investment in scientific innovation, China has ensured the stability of the global supply chain amid economic disruption, said Li Xingqian, director general of the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce.

By the end of this month, CRRC Sifang America will have delivered eight of the 7000 Series subway trains to CTA.

The trains are part of an order for 400 cars from the company, said Xu Tao, chief engineer of the technology center of CRRC Qingdao Sifang, the parent company of CRRC Sifang America and a CRRC unit based in Shandong Province.

In 2016, CRRC Sifang won the contract to supply 400 railcars, with an option for a further 446, to replace approximately half of CTA’s fleet in the largest metro railcar order in CTA’s history. . The Chinese company built a factory in Chicago in 2017 and started production in 2019.

Xu said CRRC Sifang America will produce and deliver trains based on customer demand. The new 7000 Series vehicles will be used to replace older cars on eight Chicago subway lines and provide better transportation service for city residents.

The company said the rail vehicles are fitted with LED lighting and modern passenger information systems, unlike the rest of the former CTA fleet.

“Through the implementation of localized manufacturing and sourcing, the project has not only brought business opportunities to upstream and downstream companies across the United States, but also created 200 jobs for communities. local,” he added.

CRRC, China’s largest rolling stock manufacturer by revenue, has built a large number of railcars over the past decade for mass transit systems in major cities including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and LA.

Ma Yu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation in Beijing, said that with the global economy facing multiple uncertainties, China and the United States should strengthen cooperation to meet in mid -path. Improving their bilateral economic and trade relations would benefit not only the two nations, but also the world.

He suggested that the United States should remove barriers for China to invest in the market because the more Chinese companies invest, the more both sides will benefit from each other, especially in manufacturing and manufacturing. services.

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