Today In LA Metro News: Replacing Those Nasty Fabric Seats And Bike Share Backpedaling
If you've ridden the subway or a bus in Los Angeles, you know the seat struggle is real. It's not that there's a lack of seats -- Metro's ridership reports show that's definitely not a problem right now. It's the seats themselves.
Is that dark spot on the fabric wet? Do you even want to check? And why are the seats fabric to begin with? You're not alone if you wonder what the transit agency was thinking.
The grossest thing about the LA metro is the CLOTH SEATS 😩— Elizabeth Denton (@Elizabethann1) July 26, 2017
Why in God's name are the seats on the LA metro system upholstered— Thing Bad (@Merman_Melville) May 28, 2017
"Hey, let's cover the LA Metro train seats with cloth material, so the germs and filth can remain locked in" -Brilliant Designer— Jeff Bower (@JeffBowerLA) August 17, 2012
Metro seems to have received the message and is now exploring a program to swap the hygiene-challenged fabric seats for plastic ones on its buses.
In a recent presentation on ridership initiatives, Metro said it has received "frequent public comment" about the condition of its seats and the negative impact on rider experience (no duh). The agency also lists plastic's benefits over upholstery, namely that they are "less prone to fluids," which again, yeah.
A similar program is also planned for the subway, according to the L.A. Times. Metro said the new vinyl seats will even have a hole in them to drain any liquids that end up in them.
The Pasadena Star-News reports that unanticipated charges from Metro related to the bike program have diminished the city's budget for the transit program, according to a city memo. Because of that, Pasadena says it only has enough money to run the program through the end of July and is preparing to pull out of its contract with the transit agency in the next 60 days.
But bike sharing might still be available in the City of Roses. The city is eying dockless bike sharing, such as LimeBike, the Star-News reports.
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