BART will be outfitting a new fleet of cars, set to go into operation in 2017, with new seats. Yesterday it opened a seat-testing lab to the public. Reporter Caitlin Esch paid a visit to the Hayward facility and took the following video.

Tough crowd.

You may recall that the Bay Citizen last month commissioned bacterial testing of BART seats, which were found to be somewhat less sanitary than, say, the Intel cleanroom. Or the men’s room at the Caltrain station, for that matter.

Still, nothing to be concerned about, Darleen Franklin, the lab supervisor who performed the bacterial study, told us:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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