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?