Going mobile on Metra is going to become a lot easier these days. The Chicago Tribune reports Metra has currently refurbished 40 older cars, with 60 more planned for completion by the end of the year and a grand total 176 to be completed by 2016.
Some of the new features include:
- Working toilets
- New sliding doors
- Restored air conditioning
- 19 electrical outlets available on the lower level
- Wheelchair lifts
- Message Signs
- Improved intercoms
According to the article, rehabbing each car costs approximately $650,000—which is funded by $115 million from the federal government.
There's no mention of how the rehabbed cars will be distributed amongst the various Metra lines.