Everybody's got an opinion, especially on the new Series 5000 rail cars.
God knows, I do.
Here are a couple more opinions you readers have sent me.
From Tyler via email, who doesn't like the lack of color on the LED displays:
I just moved to Chicago last year. I love the CTA over most other rapid transit systems primarily because of its incredibly simple way-finding. That a system this large is broken down simply into 8 colors is brilliant. All that I had to know was that a place was right by (n color) line, and I could find it. Even the stupidest conceivable tourist (myself two years ago) could navigate this with ease. My first commute as an adult was cake, standing coolly through a couple pinks and an orange waiting for a purple.
The 5000 series cars, however, with their sleek LED displays, would seem to regress back to the days of lines named after arbitrary places, their destinations. We lose the best feature of our system! As a tourist, I don't want to have to find the 54/Cermak among the Kimballs and Lindens, I just want the Pink.
Meanwhile, ChicagoRanter, ahem, rants
that the extra space created by the aisle-facing seats will just make
it more of a madhouse, with more passengers with backpacks, suitcases
Speaking of suitcases and strollers: The whole suitcase problem is
really getting out of hand. On Saturday, I boarded a Red Line train
where three women in their 40s were ensconced in two seats apiece around
the door, with their huge rolling bags occupying the second seat. Six
seats, three fares. As the train got crowded toward to the Loop, some
people were mumbling under their breath about their rudeness.
I would have just told them to move. But I already had a seat on the other side of the car.
Twitter stroller rant: "The #cta has a bike limit on trains and a
wheelchair limit on buses. WHY no stroller limit? The 4 mini-Humvees
here are too many."
Great question from Meaghan Peterson!