Metra Rehabs Train Cars, Adds Outlets

New cars will be fitted with electrical outlets, upgraded seats and working doors and toilets, according to a Tribune report.

Going mobile on Metra is going to become a lot easier these days. The Chicago Tribune reports that the company has recently refurbished 40 older cars, with 60 planned to be done by the end of the year and the entire fleet of 176 to be completed by 2016.

Some of the new features include:

  • Working, flushing toilets.
  • New sliding doors.
  • Restored air conditioning.
  • 19 electrical outlets on lower levels.
  • Wheelchair lifts.
  • Message Signs.
  • Intercoms.

According to the article, rehabbing each car costs approximately $650,000—which is funded by $115 million from the federal government. Compare that to nearly $3 million for a new car.

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