As the new rail cars take their test cruise on the Orange Line, I thought riders there might like to know where the best seats are.
There is no “Hobo Corner” anymore, but riders can stand in the area where the motorman would operate.
Also, at the end of each car opposite the extra space for wheelchairs, there’s some extra room. And there are spots for your bags on either side of door next to the end seat.
However, as Tattler reader Roberta pointed out to me. there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen in the area by the doors with the open space for wheelchairs.
“A girl got on the train who was in a cast and on crutches,” Roberta wrote. “She
tried to balance herself by grabbing a strap because there was no pole near the
door. Luckily her friend kept her from taking a header into one of the passengers
in the header seat.
“On the long seats, I saw people with various limps and a
cane try to make it down the aisle with no poles and then their stick was just
as much in the way as before. Further, if they waited or it took a while to get
their bearings, they were literally on a collision course for those trying to
hold onto the straps.
“I saw many shorter people unable to grab a strap. They
stumble walked down the aisle or just bumped into folks going down the aisle.”
The CTA is planning to take delivery of these new rail cars next year. I hope they work out some of these problems before then.