Wouldn't Plastic Seats be better?

philo_beddo's picture

I've often wondered, wouldn't plastic seats be better than the disgusting, dirt and grime-trapping cloth seats we've all come to know and loathe?

They've already done away with the disgusting carpet in newer cars, so how bout those seats? The advantage is that every night, instead of doing nothing as far as cleaning goes, they can walk through each car with a pressurized water hose and destroy all germs, lice, and what have you. I for one would be much happier.

Thoughts?

IMNSHO: Plastic seats=hot, sticky, sweaty, nasty, hard, uncomfortable. Totally unsuitable for the sorts of distances/travel times on BART. I really don't see why people complain so much about them--I think BART actually does a pretty respectable job of keeping them clean and in good repair. (Yes, there are of course exceptions, but I'm talking about the great majority of the seats.)

philo_beddo's picture

hmmmm, what about the ones on Muni Metro, they have a little padding on the bottom. How bout those, eh?

Mikokat's picture

Muni Metro trains DO NOT have any padding. I rode one last week.

I think BART should go to a two-tiered system. Get some brand spanking new cars with plush seats, allow eating and drinking within reason on board, and charge twice the fare. Long-term commuters with the $$$ can pony up and stop complaining and the rest of the rabble (students, poor people, me, etc.) can ride the POS old cars at the same rate. Generate an obscene amount of revenue that can help push BART into the future. Will this ever happen in the Bay Area? No, but if we come to Bart RAGE for anything, we come here to dream...

bikesonbart's picture

destroy all germs, lice, AIDS, and what have you

In 2008, you're kidding, right?

How about taking out all the seats. It would do some people good to get off their fat asses once in a while. ;)

TreoBART's picture

I agree with the getting off your ass comment, except that women's shoes are notoriously uncomfortable. I personally sacrifice all fashion sense to be comfy, but most of my female compadres do not. Standing on a moving train trying not to fall into people while in heels is the worst.

bikesonbart's picture

I was just being sarcastic. I guess I forgot the tags in my post. LOL

Bike2Bart's picture

The design inside the Washington Metro cars seem to be a fair compromise. Those trains are pretty damn clean. Also, the third set of doors is awesome.

bandh's picture

destroy all germs, lice, AIDS, and what have you

In 2008, you're kidding, right?

philo_beddo is a troll. philo says incendiary things just to provoke a response. For example, he called someone else "mindless" because they find driving to work frustrating. He also called BART cops "lazy [and] underqualified".

His avatar is supposed to offend someone, I bet, but this is hardly the right part of the country to find folks offended by a bong-huffing cartoon character.

bandh

philo_beddo's picture

Hey Bandh--

I don't know if you know about this, but they posted an article about you last week!

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/local_idiot_to_post_comment_on

bikesonbart's picture

I "adblocked" all the avatars on this site and many others a long time ago. I won't feed him anymore.