The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) says it has boosted the number of engineers and service engineers to more than 200,000, while increasing its staff by 100,000.
The number of engineering and service employees at CTA’s headquarters jumped by nearly 50,000 in the last six months, to about 9,800.
The agency also says it’s hired more than 500 people in the past year.
The agency said it’s also invested in equipment and processes to make the job more efficient and secure, such as its software.
It also said it has invested more than $2 billion in the next five years.
In addition, CTA said its bus and rail lines will be upgraded by 2027, to include a “flexible, high-capacity system” that will be accessible to anyone regardless of age, gender, income, and other factors.
The new system will have four lanes for bikes, two lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, and one lane for cars.CTA says its new systems will include a bicycle lock on the front of the bus, a lock on each rail car, and a bike lock on all of its track, track equipment, and stations.
It will also have “safer and more reliable” gates, which will be made of steel and will be less likely to break during a crash.
Citing a recent CTA study, the CTA says it will reduce vehicle-to-vehicle collisions by 20 percent by 2025, and by 80 percent by 2030.
It also said its buses will be equipped with more seatbelts and seatbelting technology to keep passengers from falling out of the back of the buses.