Two weeks ago I reprinted a letter a from a self-admitted obese guy to the CTA, regarding the seating on the new Series 5000 rail cars currently being tested on the Red Line. The guy asked that the CTA:
- Remove the metal bars that run from the seat edge to the ceiling, and
- Replace the "molded seat" design with a flat bench design such as
what New York City and other longitudinal-seating subway systems use.
Then I posted a click poll for you readers to have your say n the subject. The majority of 300 poll takers agree that the CTA should switch to bench seating without confining poles.
I promised to share these thoughts with the CTA board. Today is the regular monthly meeting of the board, but since I have a day job, I couldn't be there. Instead I sent the following letter to Board Chairman Terry Peterson on your behalf.
Dear CTA Board Chairman Terry Peterson:
I am writing to you on behalf of the thousands of readers of my blog, CTA Tattler. I am writing about the seating configuration of the new Series 5000 rail cars being testing now by the CTA.
Recently I posted to my blog a letter that a self-admitted obese man sent to you urging that two modifications be made to the current seating design:
1. Remove the metal bars that run from the seat edge to the ceiling, and
2. Replace the "molded seat" design with a flat bench design such as what New York City and other longitudinal-seating subway systems use.
Here is my post reprinting the letter.
I also polled my readers about their preferences on seating. More than 50% of the 300 who took the poll agreed that the CTA should change the seating to bench seating without the confining poll.
See the post and the poll results here.
I encourage you and the CTA board to give careful consideration to these changes as you finalize the order for the Series 5000 rail cars.