by Dan Savage
on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 8:00 AM
The seats on our light rail trains are insanely uncomfortable. Who picked them out? Did someone sit on one first? Hard, narrow, and... upholstered for no discernible reason. They're as hard—but less comfortable—than the plastic seats on the New York City's subway train I'm riding on right now. And, again, what's with the upholstery? What's the point? If the seats aren't cushioned, why upholster them? All that fabric is going to do is absorb and retain... god... knows... what... and then unsuspecting passengers are going to come along and plop down on hard, uncomfortable, damp hot-zone upholstery. Plastic seats get wet too, of course, but they dry faster and if there's something pooling on one, you can see it.