CHICAGO — Nearly 10,000 Chicagoans shared with us where they stand or sit on the "L" on the first day of our interactive app.
We'll have more analysis soon from the interactive, including where people choose to stand on trains if they have no choice.
But we can make some early conclusions on the most important question: If you got on an empty spot, what's your favorite spot to sit?
It's pretty clear, when given a choice, Chicagoans will do everything they can not to sit by anyone else.
Take the Brown Line for instance, which has trains known for a handful of seats that don't have another seat next to them.
The personal space that these seats provide is a hot commodity on the Brown Line, especially one backward-facing single seat in the middle that got a whopping 12 percent of the vote from 2,500 Brown Line riders who rode our virtual "L" as of 9 p.m. Tuesday
Red Line riders also don't like riding by anyone else, though that's harder to do in a train car with long rows of seats that could result in being sandwiched between two other people.
About 3,000 Red Line commuters chimed in, often choosing to go for corners where they would only have to rub elbows with at least one other rider.
But the most popular seat? A seat next to the door designated as a handicapped area that has a whole lot of legroom.
One line where early opinion is mixed is the Blue Line, a line that doesn't have the Brown Line's bounty of easily reached single seats or the corner choices of the Red Line. On the Blue Line, the layout makes human contact almost unavoidable.
As a result, the Blue Line is sprinkled with "favorite seats." The most popular seat so far is one of the double seats by the end of the car, but preferences clearly aren't as uniform as they are in the other trains.
Check out how people ride all eight "L" lines in Chicago after telling us how you ride yours.
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