New Metro layouts to be shown on Monday

On Monday, Metro will be showing a model of their next generation railcars with a new interior layouts as well older generation cars with revised layouts as well. From the press release:

As part of Metro’s efforts to improve passenger flow into and out of railcars, officials have redesigned the interiors of some railcars for testing. News reporters and the general public are invited to see a remodeled interior layout of an existing railcar featuring bench seating, more grab bars, and an open floor area to accommodate more passengers. Also on display will be the interior layout of Metro’s newest 6000 series railcars, which differs from all of the other models. This car features back of seat to ceiling poles, no floor to ceiling poles, and some wall grab bars. The 6000 series car is expected to be in service later this summer.

The cars will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with WMATA staff available for news media until 10:30 a.m.

How do the new layouts sound to you?

2 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

    This sounds good. I remember hearing something about WMATA trying to make trains and buses more bicycle friendly. I hope this will make it so that bikes will be allowed during rush hour, even if on only certain rail cars.

  2. wombat (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    Terrible. I commute from Grosvenor to Judiciary, which is supposed to be a 25 minute ride. I don’t relish the thought of having to stand for that ride, especially at rush hour fares.

    I know they argue that these cars work in NYC and London. But it’s also been found (via transit studies conducted by both operations) that the average subway trip in those cities is much shorter than our rides here.

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