OAKLAND, Calif. - BART gets a lot of flak for the mess and yuck on its trains and hallways: Needles, vomit, half-eaten food, garbage cans and a lot, lot worse.
On Wednesday, communications officer Anna Duckworth tried to change the transit agency’s perception by tweeting out photos and videos of BART trains swimming in soapy suds and sparkling with a Lysol sheen.
She went to the Millbrae yard, showing that a few trains got a deep-clean, calling vacuum cleaners the unsung BART heroes.
All of the hundreds of BART trains get a regular cleaning at the end of each shift, Duckworth said. Each train gets a deep-clean about once every two months.
Seats get a good spray down with an application of disinfectant and then wiping. pic.twitter.com/gOBV1fVYjF— SFBART (@SFBART) September 26, 2018
Duckworth learned a bit herself with what the graveyard cleaning crew has to deal with each night.
“I learned what a hot lunch is,” she said. (For the uninitiated, that’s vomit.)
“We’re just trying to put out there it’s happening every night,” she said of the cleanings. “It’s important to show our riders what’s happening.”
Some critics on Twitter pointed out spots the crews missed. But the majority of people thanked BART on Twitter for cleaning the trains and asked questions about how often they occur.
One person tweeted, “Just entered the BART Civic Center station…Smells like Lysol. Clean smell for a change.”
We have touched based with our cleaning crew and confirm that you are in fact smelling Lysol at Civic Center Station. https://t.co/c4a1UmlqsL— SFBART (@SFBART) September 25, 2018