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

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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.

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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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Payton_vege
Payton_vege

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MrEricSir
MrEricSir

How did we go from a city of hippies to a bunch of clean freaks?

abcd
abcd

there has been new flooring on bart trains for 3 years now.. where has the author been?

Erin Sherbert
Erin Sherbert

I've been in Oakland ... maybe that explains it.

Mario Tanev
Mario Tanev

On the majority of trains that still don't have it.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

This is why I ride my HARLEY DAVIDSON!    BUS RIDERS ARE POOR LOSERS.

TaffyDonut
TaffyDonut

It's a train.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 TRAIN RIDERS ARE POOR LOSERS TO.

Meow
Meow

Is that why you live in the desert, hick?

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 I dont have to work so I dont have to commute. im rich! 

Meteorite
Meteorite

*, too.  Glad to hear someone who can't afford a car calling conscientious commuters losers.  

abcd
abcd

I hope you enjoy winning in the rain, winner. 

Lesteer
Lesteer

A step towards a clean hygiene, but that still doesn't stop people from urinating, defecating, and even "soiling" in the first place. 

Akit
Akit

Are they ever going to spend on replacing the entire fleet of those nasty carpets?  They've only done part of the fleet.

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