Mets fans giving new Amtrak seats a test run

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NEW YORK CITY — Better sit down for this one: Baseball fans at New York Mets’ home Citi Field were among the first to feel the difference Amtrak’s Amfleet Refurbishment Program is expected to make after the passenger railroad placed business-class seats in the ball park.

The seats and re-designed seat cushions debuted before the Mets hosted the Washington Nationals Sept. 22 and were made available to rail media over the weekend. Baseball fans can visit the seats for four more ball games against the Atlanta Braves through Sept. 27, when Amtrak reclaims them.

While they’re there, fortunate fans chosen by the Mets are able to move down to the seats and sit in them next to the first base line.

The business class seats, along with (presumably less plush) coach seats will be available on trains including ones in Empire, Northeast Regional, Hiawatha, Illinois, and Michigan services in 2018. The routes all rely on 1970s-era Amfleet I and Horizon cars. The seats will be the most noticeable improvements to the cars that include new carpeting, LED reading lights, updated bathroom flooring, and redesigned cafe car galleys. The upgrade process is expected to take up to nine months.

More information is available online.

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