Who would have thought that BART seats could appear more repulsive to riders? Alas, 49ers fans are outraged by the brand new seats that will make for a cleaner, fresher ride in 2017.
Sure, football fans would like new seats, but not if they're outfitted in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks -- that's a sore spot for San Franciscans. BART unveiled its new fleet last week, showing off, among many things, the new fabric-less seats that will no longer be a hub of all things disgusting.
Everyone seemed pleased (at least with the new seats) until a die-hard 49ers fan spoke up, pointing out that the new neon green and blue color scheme is the also team colors for the Seattle Seahawks. As a result, 49ers fans have drummed a petition, demanding BART switch out the offensive seats.
Per the petition:
The Seattle Seahawks are the chief rivals of the San Francisco 49ers. To outfit BART car seats in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks (i.e. neon green and blue) is an outrage and a slap in the face of every San Francisco 49ers fan who rides BART. We call upon BART General Manager Grace Crunican (who oddly enough worked as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation prior to joining BART) to scrap plans to adorn BART car seats in neon green and blue and instead choose other colors.
So far, 1,500 people have signed onto the petition and here's what some of them are saying
We contacted BART to see if they plan to cater to the sports fans in the area. Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for BART, told us that the transit agency is not using the same colors as the Seattle Seahawks. "The primary Seahawks color is a dark navy, whereas the BART train cars use a traditional BART blue."
"Also, We are surveying those who tour the train model during our 10 outreach events. One survey question is specifically about the color of the seats. The colors are meant to be bright, welcoming and modern," Trost says. "The model train is for the purpose of getting feedback prior to making final design decisions."
We assume this petition counts as "feedback."