The back story on NABI articulated buses pulled off CTA routes
The 7500 series articulated buses from North American Bus Industries have had a checkered "career" at the CTA. And now all 226 of the 60-foot buses first introduced in 2003 to serve high-volume express routes have been pulled from service pending inspection for cracks in the articulation joints and bus axles.
Mayor Daley and other CTA officials in a 2003 press release heaped much praise on these NABI buses, remarking on their "increased reliability and comfort." But as ChicagoBus.org reports, it didn't take long to see signs of trouble in the buses:
ChicagoBus.org also reminds us that the CTA has started to receive up to 150 hybrid articulated buses from New Flyer, with almost 100 in service. But that's not enough to take the pressure off losing these 226 buses.
If you use one of the routes affected, let us know your commute stories.