Some gentle suggestions for Metro and a poll: how do you feel about those rail and bus seats?

Good post on Brigham Yen’s blog today about a visitor from San Francisco getting his first taste of the Metro system.

Metro's sharp-looking seats -- in my view! Photo by Brigham Yen.

The visitor has mostly positive things to say, but was puzzled by the unlocked turnstiles (join the crowd!) and had mild complaints about lighting in the subway cars and the material used on subway seats.

Brigham echoes a few of those points. My one counterpoint: I like the materials used on seats on Metro’s buses and trains, which I think adds a nice splash of  color and makes the buses and trains more welcoming.

Brigham, of course, includes a photo of a big ol’ splotch of nasty used gum on one of the seats. Good eye! :)

Your thoughts? Take the poll!


34 thoughts on “Some gentle suggestions for Metro and a poll: how do you feel about those rail and bus seats?

  1. A reminder to all that the current Subway cars were designed in the late 1980′s, so of course they look dated.

  2. Carter,

    I’d like to know how often do the Siemens trains on the Gold Line and Green Line actually do inter-operate with each other.

    To my knowledge, there’s not a direct connection between the Gold Line and the Green Line, therefore the only way the Siemens car set that is used for the Green Line can be transported to the Gold Line route is to physically carry the railcar onto a truck or something.

    Furthermore, most of the rail cars used on say, the Blue Line are standalone Nippon Sharyo railcars from the late 1980s. Such train set cannot say, be used interoperably with the Red Line. If they cannot be used interoperably, why not just paint the Blue Line…Blue?

  3. I’m very satisfied w/ the seat covers on Metro rail/buses, generaly good for distances traveled there. BART here has been doing surveys/studies for thier new cars but suspect they will be similar to Metro’s. Congratulations to the expanding metro system. When visiting LA, I seldom drive, renting cars for day use only. I suspect the light rail trains can be switche to different lines through the maintanace facility.

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