OAKLAND (KCBS) – After a chorus of passenger complaints the past few years, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they are ready to spend millions to clean up the transit system’s rolling stock.

BART’s chief spokesman Linton Johnson acknowledged the agency focused on safety and an on-time schedule, despite customer satisfaction surveys indicating riders were fed up with the filth.

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“They’d love to have on-time and clean trains. Something had to give in the past. It was cleanliness. Now we’re going to try to give them both,” he said.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

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The agency will invest close to $4.5 million in cleanliness.

Johnson said the budget to be voted on in June calls for seats to be replaced every three years and 15 part-time workers to be hired for station maintenance.

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