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Metra has announced the upcoming purchase of 500 new rail cars. The Metra Board of Directors reports that the new multilevel cars
will be more comfortable, accessible, reliable and safe than the outdated gallery cars they will
The new cars will have two entrances on each side with doors nearly level to the
platform, thereby requiring only one step to enter instead of multiple steps on the old gallery cars.
These changes aim to improve passenger flow, increase safety, and reduce time spent boarding and
deboarding at each station. The cars will also be wheelchair accessible,
deploying lifts to bridge the slight difference between the platform and entrance.
Read Metra's press release here.