Don't Read if You Ride BART Often...It might Make You Want to Walk to Work
BART seats are plush and comfortable, giving your tired feet a rest after a long day of work. However, these seats provide more than just a comfy place to sit. They also provide a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. San Francisco State University's Biology Lab took samples from BART seats and found fecal bacteria, in addition to MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection. Apparently BART got 245 complaints of "urination and defecation" last year. In addition, the lab found "a forest of mold" on a Dublin/Pleasanton train's seat cushion.
This is absolutely gross and a public health problem. BART should do a better job of ensuring some base level of cleanliness on BART to avoid spreading disease. This may be a case where sacrificing our comfort for our health is appropraite. If the seats were plastic, not nearly as many bacteria cultures would develop on them.
What do San Franciscans think?