Biologists Find Drug Resistant Bacteria on BART seats. What kind of seat should the new cars have?

TreoBART's picture
14% (5 votes)
44% (16 votes)
31% (11 votes)
8% (3 votes)
Don't Care
3% (1 vote)
Total votes: 36


bikesonbart's picture

How about stainless steel. Except for the fact people will steal them for scrap value.

Unless you are licking BART seats or have an open wound on your ass and aren't wearing any clothes, your chances of getting infected are about as good as winning the powerball. Those of us who have long BART commutes appreciate the comfort of the padded cloth seats.

In case your head has been up your ass for the last few years, they are getting rid of the carpets (notice how those cars don't smell nearly as bad as those with carpet?) and I don't think there is a single rider against that. What many of us are against is sitting on a hard piece of plastic for up to an hour.

Yeah, but when someone barfs on the new floors, you had better get outta the way because the splash factor is GREAT! Also, all kinds of other urine type liquid comes traveling down underneath the seats from the rear of the car so you had better wear your flood pants. I do like the floors though, I just don't like the barfing drunks and homeless you think BART is their bathroom. Why doesn't BART keep D.O.D. people out of the system? They would save a lot of money. Hello Station Agent. In Japan, they would immediately and clean up the mess so it doesn't travel downward when BART puts on the brakes. Stop and Go doesn't help either. I saw one guy nail at least four people. I noticed BPD has disappeared again too. For a couple of weeks, they stepped it up on the trains but now they are gone. It would help if they were kicking them off the trains.


It sounds like you have first-hand knowledge of people vomiting, shitting, and pissing on the seats. Do you have a problem keeping your bodily fluids to yourself? Been sharting recently in your seat or something? If you don't like the seats, then DON'T SIT ON THEM! You do realize everything you might come into contact by riding on BART or by sitting on a BART seat you would likely come into contact somewhere else during the day, right? Its not as if they found some new, unheard of, BART-only disease or bacteria in these seats. What do you think would happen if they similarly tested a cloth seat from an airplane that had been in service for many years? Would you like to sit on a hard, plastic seat on your next flight across the country? I'm not saying the cloth seats are perfect (new anti-microbial technologies could be used to lessen or prevent bacterial growth in the padding and cover material of new seats), but for a long-haul BART rider who isn't hung up on who sat in my seat last, the cloth seats are my preference.

TreoBART's picture

Well, since you asked, a few years back I was flying Southwest to Denver and not only did I see a bum, I saw a BART bum on the plane. I think her name was Randy (?) she was in one of those motorized wheelchairs piled up with all kinds of plastic bags full of stuff. She actually tried to yell her BART panhandle (I need money for my prescriptions...) from the front of the plane, but the flight attendants politely told her to shut the hell up :-D

I think they should have taken some swabs from an assortment of office chairs and living room couches for comparison.

It was a major selling point of the system way back in the day. Suburb-dwellers weren't going to give up their their cars to sit in plastic seats on uncarpeted trains.

Voted for cloth--plastic seats would get so wet/slimy on a hot day....lots of transit agencies have cloth seats (e.g. AC Transit, London Underground), so that's not a big deal.

I voted for cloth too. I hate plastic and I hate Muni's seats.

TreoBART's picture

I've been thinking about this whole thing and I actually changed my vote. I think a good compromise would be plastic seats with vinyl padding that can easily be wiped down. It would make BART's cleanup job easier and it would give the more paranoid out there the option to keep wipes with them and effectively wipe the seat down before they sit. It would me more comfortable than straight up hard plastic seats, even though they'd still have to be replaced more often.

autum_witch's picture

well said.

I used to see her on BART all the time too. Hopefully, she doesn't fly back!

TreoBART's picture

You know, I haven't seen her since? I'll look for her when I'm in Denver later this month LOL