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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BART Gets New Seats That Won't Soak Up Bodily Fluids as Easily

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You are supposed to sit on the seat, not shit on it - COURTESY OF BART
  • Courtesy of BART
  • You are supposed to sit on the seat, not shit on it

Some of you might have already noticed that your BART ride seemed a little less like a trip to a porta-potti. That's because BART so proudly announced today that it has started to rip out the nasty, fecal-soaked wool seating on some train cars and replace it with easier-to-clean vinyl seats.

The transit agency will integrate 100 cars with the more hygienic seating into its fleet so that riders can get a feel -- literally -- for the new cushions. But before BART runs out and spends any more money on the new seats, riders will be asked to take a survey and tell the agency exactly what they think about the new look and feel (and smell) of their ride home. BART will begin taking comments on April 21 and riders will have until May 2 to give their two cents.

For the record, these are exactly the seats majority of you riders asked for; a survey last year showed that 81 percent wanted BART to become cleaner -- that was even more important than comfort. Of those, 62 percent said they thought the transit agency could achieve this freshness with vinyl seats.

  • Courtesy of BART

As an advocate of both BART and cleanliness, we're pretty excited to see the new seats. But that will only do so much to clean up the trains. BART's next stop should be new flooring, because that's what really makes the ride home stink.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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