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Why is public transit upholstery so ugly?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Kent Wang, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. JoeWoah

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    [​IMG] The DC Metro is fully carpeted and the cars were designed and made in Italy. That's style! Other flavors: The handi-capable sans carpet (few and far between): [​IMG] [​IMG] Bench seating with straps (Orange line?): [​IMG] The newer Red and Blues: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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    This is not so bad but the colors look rather out-dated, something out of the 60s-70s.

    Why don't transit authorities just go with a navy or grey?


    These cars are old, this is the R62 train which is long retired. They were first used back in the early 80s. They are still used on a couple of lines.
     

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    I did rather like the DC metro cars. I'm now starting a collection of these. Not public transit, private buses: Chinatown bus (2000 Coach): [​IMG] [​IMG] New York Javits Center shuttle bus [​IMG]
     

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    I have often wondered this as well.
     

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    Sydney, Australia [​IMG] [​IMG] RailCorp spends about $1 million a year on graffiti removal. Figures on the CityRail website show there were 35,627 recorded graffiti attacks in November of last year.
     

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    Apparently, some intrepid, slightly obsessive-compulisive artist wanted the inside to match the outside.
     

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    RailCorp spends about $1 million a year on graffiti removal.

    Figures on the CityRail website show there were 35,627 recorded graffiti attacks in November of last year.


    I actually find the colour softer on the eyes than the boring grey metal.
     

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    Chicago's is drab, but better than some, I see.

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    Damn Seat Terrorists!!
     

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    I really don't agree that they are ugly at all. London's moquettes are classics of their kind, many created by significant artists and designers like Paul Nash. And there are very good reasons why transit fabrics are the kinds of patterns and styles that they are. See this recent article: https://www.citylab.com/design/2019...-seat-cover-textile-patterns-moquette/583045/
     
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