Standing-room-only cars to ease rush hour congestion?
During our chat with CTA President Ron Huberman a week ago, he asked our opinion on a few ideas that CTA is considering.
One of those ideas is about a way to ease train overcrowding and congestion during the morning and evening rush hours. Huberman said the CTA was toying with the idea of stripping the old 2200 series El cars of all seats and dropping two of them into a set of eight cars -- creating two standing-room-only train cars without seats during the morning and evening rush hours.
He said the cars would be clearly marked and announced by the motormen. These cars are currently used only on the
Brown Blue Line, and would be the first taken out of service when the new trains cars are delivered in 2010.
So, what do you think? Is this a good idea? To add capacity during the rush hours? Or would you avoid them? Personally, I told Ron it's worth trying out at least to see whether riders like the idea. But tell us what you think in the click poll.