It has been six years since then-
The new trains aren't safe, the Tribune has learned from an ongoing CTA investigation. On the under-belly of the trains near the wheels are shoddy steel parts made in China. The parts are internally defective, X-rays and other tests determined. The odds of the parts breaking are great, likely causing a moving train to derail, officials said. CTA inspectors uncovered the problem, not Bombardier, which has its nameplate on the trains.
The CTA has been less than completely cooperative in reporting this news, denying one Tribune Freedom of Information Act request and stalling on another, while working quietly with Bombardier, which defers all comment to CTA officials. But we got the story.