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Can BART find the right stuff for its new seats?

By dcuff
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 7:00 am in BART.

I was handed a survey Monday and told to try out options for the seat of the future for BART train cars. As I plopped myself down in the trial seats, one thing became apparent. BART seats are spacious compared to those at many mass transit systems in America.

 Click here for my story about B ART rolling out its new “mobile seat lab”  to get opinions from riders on the width, leg room, and height of new seats for the next generation of new BART cars.

People I interviewed at the mobile lab in a stop in Oakland said they could live with a slightly narrower seat than the current 22-inch wide BART model. But they also said they would dislike options for models as narrow as 17 to 18 inches that are in use on some other transit systems.

And the narrowest leg room option on display was postively savaged as the “airline option” to avoid.

BART invites riders to watch for a schedule of seat lab appearances at

And yep, riders also being asked their opinion whether BART should do away with the hard to clean fabric seats and switch to some harder, easy to clean surface.

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