New Series 5000 trains on the CTA's Pink and Green lines soon will show the rail line name in appropriate colors on the front and sides, instead of just plain white.
New rail cars sporting the correct colors went into service last Tuesday on the Pink Line. The first 114 cars built without the color signs will be retrofitted starting this fall, the CTA announced in a press release. The remaining Series 5000 cars already delivered will be retrofitted with the new signs. All remaining cars will be delivered with the new signs already installed.
The color LED signs won't cost anything extra to make the change. Such change orders "are factored into the purchase price of $1.137 billion for the full 706 rail car order," said the CTA.
This change will help commuters between Clinton and Ashland in particular, an area where Green and Pink line trains share the same track, so this is welcome news.
The change also answers one of the criticisms that myself and others had of the new rail cars.
Now there's the matter of the long expanses of the longitudinal, aisle-facing seats. Replacing them with bench seating without molded seat inserts will allow more people to sit, as I've often discussed here. But even I realize it's way to late for that change. Oh well, can't win them all.