Today I reprinted the letter that a regular Tattler reader wrote to the CTA, pleading that they change the seating arrangement on the Series 5000 rail cars.
Why? Because he’s fat and can’t comfortably sit down in the seats.
And I agree with him. The CTA should change the seating configuration. Right now, nearly all the seats are place “longitudinally” along the windows, with riders facing each other across a wider aisle. The wider aisle will allow more people to board, and make it easier for people enter and exit the train.
I get that, and I support that seating concept.
What I don’t like is that the CTA is using the same molded plastic seats we currently have on rail cars, and placing a pole from the seat to the ceiling. This pole and the molded seating are the problems.
I say move the poles and replace the molded plastic seats with long bench seating. That way, people fill in the seats based on their own size, rather than the size the CTA thinks we are.
I am just over 5 feet 9 inches tall, and I weigh about 185 pounds. According to the BMI table, I am “overweight” — just like more than 60 percent of all Illinois residents. That’s another reason to change the seating the configuration.
So that’s my opinion, but what’s yours? Take this click poll and let us know. I will share results with the CTA.