Obviously, Metro will need more seats than the 8 per car on the AeroTrain, but the bench seating style is definitely the way to go. Hard, indestructible floors appear to be planned for the new Metro cars, so that's good. The triple pole (at the left) is a very nice touch, allowing more people to hold on comfortably--hopefully, not with their cheeks.
Then again, on the AeroTrain, there's really not a need to hang on. The ride is incredibly smooth. That's because the operators are incredibly skilled. Oh wait, there are no operators.
Please Metro, don't upholster the new seats. Use something like this that can be hosed down.
There are lots of places to hold on, and at the end of the cars, there are no "penalty boxes" as on some Metro cars.
Va's McDonnell threatens to pull Metro funding (WaPo)
This is just sad. (Evening Tribune)
The unintended consequences of the new,
How fun would this be? (Scaryideas.com)
Another Metro suicide (Examiner)