Remember when the White House proudly announced that $8 billion in Recovery Act grants would be dedicated to the development of 13 high-speed rail corridors across the country?
Instead, Washington, D.C. in 2016 still finds itself with a rail system that continually catches fire after years of neglected maintenance, which President Obama laid at the feet of the Republican Congress and its “ideology that says, government spending is necessarily bad.”
Regardless of who’s to blame, there’s no high-speed rail line shuttling commuters between New England and North Carolina, but on the plus side, Philadelphia’s mass transit stations might smell a little less like pee pretty soon with the application of some urine-resistant paint.
Transit agency in Philadelphia to test urine-repelling paint https://t.co/IjMJGYGISI
— KRON 4 News (@kron4news) September 17, 2016
Philadelphia transit takes steps to control their number one problem https://t.co/X73iNDcnav
— Farkworthy (@Farkworthy) September 17, 2016
How great is it that Philadelphia’s transit system, which by many accounts smells like a toilet, is called the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, aka SEPTA?
SEPTA to test urine-repelling painthttps://t.co/ynT3tZMVze
— Max Smith (@amaxsmith) September 16, 2016
The Philadelphia transit system is testing a paint the repels urine.. Yep. You heard right.https://t.co/AjgNOLSLpJ
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@cbsbaltimore) September 17, 2016
WTOP reports that SEPTA this fall will experiment with a product called Ultra-Ever Dry, a surface coating that “makes urine spray back on the offender.”
San Francisco, where a light pole reportedly fell on a car last year after being rusted through from urine, tried out the coating on some of its buildings with some success.
Testing out a new pee repellent that "pees back" to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH
— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July 23, 2015
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 27, 2016