Metra Refurbished Passenger Car Spotted on UP-West Line


After reading about how the folks at Metra - in between all of their non-stop fare increases and delays - were refurbishing some of their cars with updates like new seats and cupholders back in January, I had been wondering when I'd come across one of them.

Welp, the wait is over.  Last week, on one of my morning commutes on the Union Pacific West line, I boarded and climbed upstairs like I always do.  Only to realize that I was in a refurbished car.

Preetay, preetay, preetay nice.  Or at least it is more like what you expect a train car in 2016 to actually look like.

Check out the sleek blue seats:


There's more, including cupholders!  But, in the seats I was sitting, there weren't any cupholders.  From ABC7's story in January:
Most of Metra's passenger cars are feeling the wear and tear of age. A select group of them are being refurbished with a new look and a most-definite new feel.

New seats are being installed on 30 Metra passenger cars, giving them something of an airline look. It's part of a pilot program to gauge rider reaction to something Metra says its passengers have asked for. 
"We went out to the industry and looked at it. A lot of railroads have gone to this - migrated to this, so I can't claim we're the pioneers, but we don't want to miss the boat on it either," said Don Orseno, Metra CEO. 
The new seats have a higher back and better lumbar support. They have moveable arm rests and coffee cup holders. What's not to like?

Popular posts from this blog

Lou Malnati's Salad Dressing Recipe as Published in the 60's

Anderson's Candy Shop in Richmond

Cedar Summit Mountainview Resort Playset from Costco