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CHICAGO — After an extensive pilot program to test a new style of seats, Metra managers have decided to purchase and install new modern seats on an ongoing basis as the agency rehabilitates its fleet of passenger cars.

The new seats, which include armrests, built-in cup holders, and better head, neck, and back support, will also be included in future railcar purchases and will become the standard for the railroad’s fleet moving forward, according to Metra.

As part of the yearlong pilot program, the railroad used a survey to gather input from customers about their likes and dislikes of the new and older seats. Customers who engaged in the survey process offered feedback that will impact the final design of the seats. Some of the slight modifications include larger cup holders to accommodate bigger cups, a seat configuration that allows the aisles to be their original width, and other minor changes.

Going forward, Metra will also continue to install USB ports and power outlets in its railcars to allow customers to charge their electronic devices.

Metra managers say the new seats cost about the same as older styles.

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