|Engine||Detroit Diesel Series 50
|Seat Model||AMSECO Model 6468|
|# of Seats||45|
|Dest. Signs||Flip-Dot (1995) LED (2004)|
In 1995, the CTA purchased what would be its last order of new high floor buses. A contract was awarded to Flixible Corporation for 330 “Metro” buses.
The buses are very similar to the 5300-series Flxible Metros purchased four years prior. The 6000-series features an additional 5 seats along with hopper windows, which allow for greater ventilation in the event of an air conditioning failure.
Starting in 2004, a portion of the 6000-series began to undergo a mid-life rehabilitation. In addition to mechanical improvements and a new coat of paint, the buses received LED destination signs which offer greater visibility and reliability compared to the flip-dot signs originally installed in the buses.
Retirement of some non-rehabbed 6000-series buses began in 2008. Heading into 2010, approximately 285 remained in service. Following service cutbacks on February 7, 2010, all remaining 6000-series buses were removed from service and stored at the now-defunct Archer Garage.
On July 2, 2010, six Flxibles were reactivated at 103rd Garage due to a fleet shortage:Â 6042, 6221, 6223, 6224, 6227, 6237