The ten new prototype rail cars that have been whizzing past stations empty will accept paying Red Line customers next week, the CTA announced Thursday.
There's plenty to like about these test cars, including smoother acceleration and braking, LED screens and maps for passengers, seven security cameras in each car, a suspension systems that will lower the cars to the platform level, and more sensitive door sensors.
What folks may not like is the longitudinal seating along the windows with a very wide aisle in between. The total numbers of seats is about the same as currently -- 38 -- but with the wider aisles the train cars will fit about 120 passengers -- up to 30 more than can now squeeze in.
The Tribune has a detailed report. And Ben Myerson from Chicago Current has some nifty photos, below. I'll give my opinion as soon as I catch one of these new cars. Meanwhile, let us know if you ride one first.