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  •  I was pretty bummed when I read (13+ / 0-)

    about the bacteria on the BART seats. I think having upholstered seats was considered a great idea back in the 70s, a way to lure in passengers with comfort and luxury, but they're just so hard to clean and the wear and tear with so many people is tough. Personally I don't mind standing anyway, and I feel like they should at least have one car on the train that's for standing and bikes only.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it, rb137, I was a little worried that it's too long for online consumption, but that's why I try to spice up these kinds of posts with some good visuals.

    •  I know a French Engineer who worked on Bart cars. (5+ / 0-)

      He was amazed that the seats were not washable!

       - unlike Paris and most other places... where they simply wash down the seats and interior with a hose.

      Guess the seat upholstering company gets their repeat $, eh?

      Thank you for this beautiful diary with pics!
      We all need to assess and change...

      •  Thanks Russgirl (5+ / 0-)

        I think it was simply the times when they built BART. They probably wanted to attract suburban commuters with this kind of luxurious train experience, and I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't do that in the beginning. (when those upholstered seats are new they're pretty nice, you don't wanna get up ;-) But the times have changed, it's really about getting as many people on those trains as possible, even for shorter rides, which really wears down those cushions and carpets. Thing is, looking at some of those seats, they don't look like the upholstery company has gotten any repeat $s in decades. Time for the plastic foam company to step in. ;-)

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