Live video feeds to beef up security on new train cars
The CTA Wednesday amended a $577 million contract for 406 Bombardier rail cars to add wireless connectivity that will allow live video feeds in every car.
The changes also will add cellular modems to enhance real-time communications with customers via audio and text messages via speakers and six display screens in each car.
In addition, the CTA added anti-stain/anti-microbial fabric for the seats. These new features will cost an additional $26.6 million, for a new total of $603.6 million. Capital funding for this project is provided by the Federal Transit Administration and the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. More details in this CTA press release.
While a final decision has no been made on whether the cars will feature longitudinal seating, a CTA spokesperson said it's likely since seats along the windows provide extra capacity.
The photo here shows one scenario for a door design. And click on the continuation below for a different interior design scheme. There are definite mixed feelings on the longitudinal seating, as seen in the comments on these 2006 posts.
One possible interior design scheme for the new train cars: