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CTA planning to get new L cars with fewer aisle-facing seats

The CTA unveiled seating configuratinew Series 7000 rail cars.

The CTA unveiled the seating configuration in the new Series 7000 rail cars.

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:27PM

The CTA is planning to buy new L cars with fewer aisle-facing seats, after hearing complaints from riders that its last redesign had too many of the cattle-car-type seats that allow more riders to be packed on board during busy times..

The new cars, which the mass transit agency is aiming to get and put in use by 2016, would have a maximum of 38 seats per car, with aisle-facing seats at the front of the car and forward-facing seats in the rear of the car. The middle of the car would have a mix of both types of seats.

The new L trains are to replace the CTA’s oldest rail cars, which are about 30 years old.

The CTA has the design for the new cars and plans to pick a manufacturer to produce them by January.

The agency plans to buy nearly 850 new cars at a cost estimated at nearly $2 billion.

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