There has been a lot of talk lately and in the last year about the seating layout of the new CTA Series 5000 rail cars. They've been riding along the Pink and Green lines for the last few months. Soon they will pop up on the Red and Purple lines.
It looks like the new aisle-facing seat configuration is here to stay on the cars. And I understand the merits of opening up the aisles to allow more room for standees, bags, bikes and strollers.
But regular readers of CTA Tattler know that I've been advocating for bench seating over the molded plastic bucket seats for awhile. With the former, riders fill the space they need rather than being shoehorned into a predetermined seat width that may not fit the needs of the average Chicago commuter.
But what do you think? Bucket or bench? The Active Transportation Alliance wants you to vote your choice in a quick poll. Take their poll by Oct. 14. They promise to share the results with CTA.
As an incentive, ActiveTrans also will enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a free copy of the book, Carless in Chicago.
I conducted a similar poll last year. Perhaps some collective lobbying will spur some change from the CTA.