Skip to comments.D.C. Considers Public Subway Toilet
Posted on 01/23/2003 1:52:11 PM PST by Willie Green
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WASHINGTON (AP) The first public toilet in the Washington area subway system would get a one-year trial under a recommendation Thursday from transit officials.
If the full Metro Board approves Feb. 20, a self-cleaning single stall unit made in New Zealand will be placed inside the fare gates of the Huntington station in Fairfax County, Va. The test run, with a price tag of $66,500, will monitor customer acceptance, feasibility, safety and cleanliness, officials said.
``We're going to gauge it and see what happens,'' Metro chief engineer Pat Porzillo said. ``Hopefully, it will generate some ridership.''
Huntington, the last stop on the Yellow Line, was chosen because many commuters end up there after a long bus or train ride. The vandal-resistant portable john has all the comforts of home: a flushing toilet, tissue paper, soap, a sink and hand drying.
Other cities such as Atlanta and San Francisco offer public restrooms in their transit system, but such facilities were not part of the plan when the 26-year-old Washington Metrorail was designed. Existing restrooms are for employee use only.
The agency's long-standing policy, which would remain in effect during the test, requires kiosk managers to make restrooms available in case of emergencies. But passengers have said such requests are rarely honored, with 28 complaints recorded in the last six months.
Robert Brubaker, a retired Defense Department computer manager, has been pressing the board for a year to make restrooms more accessible. He said some Metro stations have large, high quality, multistalled restrooms much larger than station employees need.
``My goal has been for Metro to publicize their policy,'' Brubaker said. ``I want to see it on their Web site, in their brochures.'' He said that as people learn about the hidden, private restrooms, complaints will increase.
Every Metro station has at least two restrooms. They are usually near the station manager's kiosk, off a hallway behind heavy brown doors. They are spacious and clean, equipped with multiple stalls, plenty of soap and neatly stacked paper towels. But designers thought it would be a challenge to open them to the public due to problems New York City was having at the time in policing and keeping its subway restrooms clean.
Bug Chaser Heaven.
I just finished reading about the spread of noroviruses, and now this thread.
Sometimes my timing just sucks.
In an incredible breakthrough in the war on terror, bin Ladin was found today by a group of British sixth-grade school boys while performing a ritual "baptism" ceremony on one of their classmates.
To their amazement, as they were forcing the head of their peer into one of the scum-covered toilets, the lad screamed out - I FOUND HIM! I FOUND BIN LADIN!! - HE'S RIGHT HERE IN THIS $HI$$ER!!!
The lad's name who discovered bin Ladin hiding in the toilet was not disclosed due to protection of a minor. However, he and his parents were very grateful for the "baptismal" ceremony and for the huge reward money.
They mentioned something about donating a box of Comet cleanser to the school district as a token of their appreciation.
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