CTA

Changes to 5000-series railcars

  • Refrain from using the color beige.
  • Longitudinal seating should be bench style so that people would only fill exactly as much space as they take up; with “seat buckets,” passengers occupying any more than one will actually occupy two.
  • The end caps should be a different color plastic, not something intended to look like the aluminum siding from afar, which then up close is clearly nothing more than a plastic approximation. Even without redesigning the endcaps, the dye color being darker and some reflective striping (to make them not vanish into the night if the car has no lighting), would make them look ultra modern.
  • Apply (paint) the “Accessible” and “Bicycle” symbols on the floor where passengers with disabilities and passengers with bicycles should ride the train. This would clarify where the CTA expects these users (especially passengers with bicycles) to ride the train, and communicate to other passengers who they can expect to occupy this space. On the bicycle symbol, indicate with a number the quantity of bicycles that can occupy this space. This would direct additional passengers with bicycles to find an “empty” bicycle symbol when the first one is occupied. Photo.
  • Remove the modesty panels. The serve little purpose in the modern age. Removing them would reduce costs and increase space in the vestibule.
  • Align the awkwardly aligned seats. Photo.

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