Metra to get new seats, cup holders, electrical outlets

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CHICAGO – Metra will be rolling out new railcar seats on Wednesday featuring heat support, built-in cup holders and electrical outlets.

The rail company will be introducing them on one Milwaukee North Line car and plans to have them on 30 cars across the lines by the end of the year.

Amongst the new features are arm rests, new floors, and lighting.

There will also be six 4-seaters for those who want to socialize.

Metra says it didn’t spend any additional money on the seats because they needed to be replaced anyway in the rehab program.

But one downside riders aren’t so keen on -- the new seats won’t flip back and forth.

Riders will be able to give their feedback on the new look next month to see if more cars will get the upgrade.

Metra is also testing WIFI on some of the cars, the goal will be to have it on one car on each line by the end of the month for testing before a formal launch.

Fare increases will begin on Monday, Feb. 1 – one way tickets will go up $0.25 and monthly tickets, up by approximately $30 annually. ​