Commuters and frequent BART riders should mark next year’s calendar for April. That’s when riders are less likely to be sitting on seats harboring “fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”
The BART Board of Directors voted Thursday morning to spend $1.9 million to replace seats on 100 cars. The new seats will be padded, but a non-porous vinyl cover will make them easier for BART workers to clean.
The new seats will come a little more than a year after The Bay Citizen dispatched its scathing investigative report exposing the seats for what they really were — bacteria blossoming, uncomfortable, and unsightly cloth-covered cushions.