I can’t say I really expected the CTA to change its mind.
This was after Tribune Getting Around columnist Jon Hilkevitch made his pitch to get the CTA to abandon the “despised” seating setup on new trains currently in service on the Pink and Green lines. The new cars will be coming to the Red Line in November.
In his column, Hilkevitch featured a few riders who said they didn’t like looking at “rear ends and crotches,” while others complained about unsteady rides while swinging from the hanging straps.
Interestingly though, most of the commenters on the Trib column held the opposite view. In effect, many said we are whiners who just don’t want to change.
For the record, I support the idea of getting more space in the aisles. I just don’t like using the outdated, molded fiber/plastic seats. I’ve suggested using bench-style seating as found in some New York rail cars. And a plurality of you readers agreed with me in the click poll.
But I am ready to move on.
I hate being called a whiner anyway.