SEPTA: No More Cloth Seats on the El

Fiberglass will be less gross. Trust us.

PlanPhilly reports: “SEPTA’s Market Frankford Line (MFL) cars are on their way to getting an interior facelift. Over the next five years, SEPTA will replace the blue, fabric seat upholstery with blue, fiberglass seat panels. The overhead lighting – currently a fluorescent light that shines through yellowed panels – will be replaced with bright, white, energy-efficient LED bulbs.  ”

Now you might think cloth is more comfy to sit on than fiberglass. And mostly that’s true, unless you’re in a Market Frankford train, where occasionally there are … fluids to deal with. Fiberglass wipes down easier than cloth.  “One of the top complaints we have on the vehicles is the cloth seating,” Ron Hopkins, SEPTA’s assistant general manager, tells PlanPhilly. “A lot of people won’t even sit on the seats.”




 

 

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  • matthew brandley

    nd to anyone who wants to attack me for my spelling my middle finger is now extended towards yu!

    • ……

      Not to good at the whole spelling thing are you Matthew?

      • Correcting a-hole

        too

  • matthew brandley

    its mainly the black trash that pisses on the el . to drunk to wait until they get to a stop with a rest room near buy. sick repulsive and disgusting . or people eating , drinking that shouldnt be with open containers. now they have to ruin it for everyone else. thanks alot clowns.

    • jimps

      unnecessarily racist

    • ….

      Its spelled by not Buy and a lot is two words

      • theJoj

        not to mention him spelling TOO wrong….thus, i decree all white people are stupid

    • jaydeejj

      Holy shit you can’t type!

    • Dan P

      People in child-proofed glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.