Chicago Trains To Go 'Standing Room Only'

<p>The Chicago Transit Authority has announced plans to remove all the seating from some of its rush hour trains in order to deal with increased demand.</p>
July 21, 2008, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Under an experiment announced Wednesday, the Chicago Transit Authority plans to remove all the seats on some cars of rush-hour trains to jam in more riders who otherwise would be left behind on crowded rail platforms."

"The strategy is a bit comparable to cramming 10 pounds of potatoes into a 5-pound sack."

"Despite fiercely negative reactions among riders, the move is not aimed at punishing commuters, who are parking their cars due to record gas prices and riding trains and buses during the work week and on weekends. But rising transit ridership is causing an acute crunch on CTA trains."

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Published on Thursday, July 17, 2008 in The Chicago Tribune
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