Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by rail10
 
Why cta subway trains only have two normal doors on the side rather than three or four?

  by orangeline
 
The cars are quite short, about 48 feet long, and that would greatly minimize seating. Also, the "L" doesn't carry the volume of passengers that other large systems do, such as NYC and Washington, so there is no great need for extra doors.

  by orangeline
 
The cars are quite short, about 48 feet long, and that would greatly minimize seating. Also, the "L" doesn't carry the volume of passengers that other large systems do, such as NYC and Washington, so there is no great need for extra doors.

  by octr202
 
The MBTA's Blue Line cars are also 48' long*, and only sport two sets of doors. You don't have much interior space left over on any car that small if you put in any more doors, unless you start doing single-door doors, which don't meet ADA criteria for door width (and don't move crowds very well).

*But the CTA El cars have a much better interior seating arrangement! ;)

  by F40CFan
 
octr202 wrote:But the CTA El cars have a much better interior seating arrangement! ;)
AMEN!!!

  by Tadman
 
Not for long! I've heard rumors that the new L cars under development have the NYC-style bowling-alley seats... I would complain but it's better than the Kansas City L - you've got the be nuts to ride the Kansas City L. (hint - it doesn't exist...)