Aisle-facing seat: More room means more scrunched?
Aisle-facing seats on trains are now a $577-million fait accompli for 2009.
The CTA says after the purchase of 406 new rail cars, riders will get at least 6 more inches of aisle space to allow "more room for customers carrying backpacks, packages, luggage, strollers and bikes. In addition, it allows more space for standing customers with more support poles and straps in the center of the car and accommodates 40 seats so no seats are lost as a result of the new reconfiguration. Aisle-facing seating also provides space for an additional wheelchair position, increasing the total to two per car."
Two years ago I rode one of these cars during a CTA test run. The one thing I didn't like about it was the prospect of being squeezed in and scrunched on two sides. I think the CTA should consider some sort of divider between seats or an elbow rest to protect personal space.
What do you think? of the aisle-facings train cars. Take my click poll below. And here's a Tribune graphic showing the new configuration: