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CTA to experiment with seatless train cars

July 17, 2008 9:28:00 AM PDT
Commuters who can't find a seat on Chicago Transit Authority rapid transit trains at rush hour will soon be having a lot more company. Under an experiment announced Wednesday, the CTA plans to remove all the seats on some cars of rush-hour trains to jam in more riders who otherwise would be left behind on rail platforms.

CTA president Ron Huberman says the standing room-only cars will begin operating within a few months, probably starting on the Brown Line.

As many as 90 riders can sit or stand in each car on most CTA train cars. By yanking out seats and eliminating the aisle, an additional 25 to 50 passengers could be crammed in.

Huberman says the seatless cars would be used at only peak travel hours.


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