New Muni Metro light-rail cars are on the way
, and the SFMTA wants your input in deciding the look, feel and passenger experience of the 260 cars set to begin arriving in a couple years. (As the Chronicle reports, the first new car could arrive at the end of 2016, with 24 new cars for the Central Subway arriving by 2018 and replacement cars by 2021.)
To help solicit feedback, and perhaps to avoid utilizing the color scheme of a rival sports team
, the SFMTA has released a survey to glean your valuable opinions on the matter. The survey covers everything from how and why you use the current Muni cars to which features you'd like to see on new cars, with options to rank the importance of things like color scheme, system maps, standing room, bike storage, "leaning areas" and more.
The survey also presents different options for layout and design, with two layouts being considered: "longitudinal" (seatings facing towards the center) or "transverse" (seats facing towards the front/back). The first option would offer more standing room, while the second would offer more seating:
Four interior color schemes are in the offing,with "Standard" a brown and blue affair and "Black" with neon yellow accents, plus "Red" and "Brown"looks:
Finally, four exterior color schemes are also up for your review, including "Gate", "Presidio", "Skyline #1" and "Skyline #2", with the most notable difference between them the shape of the car's nose:
When you're riding one of the new cars come the futuristic year of 2020, you'll probably be wishing you'd spoken up now. So whether you feel tepid or have strong feelings about any of these designs, head over to the SFMTA's survey to air your grievances or show your support for the features and designs you'd like to see in the next decade and beyond.