octr202 wrote:Its a shame they plan to do away with the brown exterior stripe -- the new design makes the car look like any other transit authority.
As for the interior, I feel like losing the carpeting is one thing, but I'd miss the old style seating. The ones pictured look like standard bus seating. That feeling of almost commuter rail comfort on a subway has always been a hallmark of the Metro -- its a shame to see that go away, if this design wins out.
I agree completely. In my opinion Metro and UPS are the only two businesses that can make brown look good. Our "Luxury" Metrorail system is known for being one of the (if not the
) most aesthetically pleasing and comfortable in the nation. Over the past year or so Metro management (ie. Mr. Catoe) seems to taking that away.
Now, aside from the lack of a brown paint scheme, carpeting, comfortable seating, and any character; the new design looks rather attractive. I'm really glad that the design will incorporate automated station announcements (audible and visual), which has been a major oversight in recent Metro designs. Many heavy rail, as well as commuter rail (including MARC), systems have this feature and its disappointing that Metro just now thought to use it for the 7000s. Also, I hope Kawasaki wins the contract for the new fleet, then there likely wouldn't be any major reliability issues.