Metro's new general manager is calling for some big changes in how the transit system looks and feels.
The proposals include getting rid of the carpet in trains, brightening the station lights and increasing advertising just about everywhere.
It's no surprise that Metro ridership continues to grow, and the transit system is struggling to keep up.
General Manager John Catoe says he wants to focus the agency's limited resources on moving people to and from work, instead of some of the costly features like carpeting.
But some observers say they don't want to abandon the first-class feel of Metro's design. The whole idea was to make Metro appealing for professionals to lure them out of their cars.
Metro is testing new vinyl flooring this summer. Riders will start seeing the transition this fall.