MikeF wrote:There's more variety than ever on the north side of Union Station! The next train could have any combination of 7200's, 8200's, 7400's, 8400's and 8500's.If the car can load Wheelchairs, then it needs a bathroom under the ADA regs, so the wheelchairs can access it. If Metra elimated bathrooms altogether they could avoid this restriction, but I don't imagine that would fly. What I'm not sure about is if they really needed to add wheelchair access to each car as opposed to just one or two per trainset.
I agree, we don't need a toilet in every car -- but people will complain either way.
I don't suspect any of this will affect 553, since that car is not owned by Metra.
The biggest downside is the reduction in seating, makes my regular already crowded train even more crowded.
I just wish they'd break up the walls of stainless steel with at least a stripe of paint.