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!


Categories: Feedback, Polls

34 replies

  1. I don’t know if Brigham ever remembers riding the old RTD (the predecessor transit agency to Metro in Los Angeles county), but the old RTS-model buses circa mid 1980s had the plastic seats in the back of the bus.

    They were the most vandalized and least desirable seats to sit in.

    The multicolored upholstery is actually a pretty good vandalism deterrent. Take them out and you’re guaranteed to have Sharpie tags in every seat.

    Plus, if we had the funds to change out all of our train and bus seats, I would much rather have that money go towards later and more frequent transit service.


  2. @Y Fukuzawa

    I assume from the video that the blue seats were the old ones and the brown seats are the new ones that are being replaced with. Heck the old blue seats in that video seem much more comfortable than the seats on the LA Metro.


  3. Why can’t the “upholstery” of the seats MATCH the “color” of the light-rail line of the train they are on? (Blue for Blue line, red for red line, etc.)? Or would that make too much sense?


    • John,

      Light rail and subway vehicles, I believe, can be used interchangeably on any of the lines in their respective systems. Creating color schemes for trains to match their lines would limit flexibility. Just think if the Siemens trains used on the Gold and Green Lines had been given gold and green seats. Many of those trains are going to be used on the Expo Line. Would you then support changing the seat colors all the time and the additional expense to Metro?

      Carter Rubin
      Contributor, The Source


  4. 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?


  5. 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.