Accordion buses not to return to service

April 23, 2009 5:13:24 PM PDT
The accordion buses the CTA pulled off the streets in February because of safety defects will not return to service.Structural failures started showing up on the buses much earlier than they should have. These included cracks in vehicle frames and floors. A consultant blamed it on quality control problems during manufacturing.

The CTA had 225 of the buses which cost $102 million, much of it paid by the federal government.

The CTA stopped payment five years ago. The manufacturer sued and the CTA counter-sued.

The CTA says the manufacturer has now decided to recall the buses.