on Mon Aug 27 11:46:06 2012, in response to Eeek! Riders React to CTA 5000 Series, posted by SLRT on Mon Aug 27 11:37:37 2012.
While visiting Chicago (the Old Country), I rode a 5000 for the first time last Friday. At midday, with the car far from full, the longitudinal seats weren't a problem; I had empty seats on both sides of me. In rush hour conditions I suspect the seating arrangements would have made for an unpleasant experience. Chicagoans simply aren't accustomed to bowling alley seating, and most have no wish to become accustomed to it.