I guess that when things are tight, you do whatever you can to save some money!
However, designing a train for commuters without a bathroom seems to be an accident waiting to happen. No pun intended there, by the way!
All in all, the solution is a fairly inexpensive alternative to putting in a bathroom...if you can sell the public on the idea!
Dutch Trains Substitute Plastic Bags for Bathrooms
Published October 07, 2011
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch national railway has an unusual solution for passengers who need the bathroom on a train line designed without them: plastic bags.
The rail operator underlined that the bags, introduced Friday, are for use in emergencies only, when a train has stopped and passengers can't be evacuated. The idea has been met with incredulity by politicians and the general public already unhappy with the short-haul "Sprinter" trains' bathroomless design.
NS spokesman Eric Trinthamer confirmed Friday the "pee-bag" plan is not a joke. The bags are kept out of sight in the conductor's booth.
The bags have a cup-shaped plastic top and contain a highly absorbent material that turns urine into a gel-like mixture. After use the bags can be sealed and thrown in the trash.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/07/dutch-trains-substitute-plastic-bags-for-bathrooms/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz1aLhBPeh7
Actually, these bags seem like a good idea to me! I wouldn't mind having a couple around for an emergency. Might come in handy to have in your B.O.B., ya know? Especially if you have women in your group!
Just thinking out loud here.
How about some coffee in the kitchen this morning? Been raining for a couple of days now, off and on (can you believe it?) so the patio is still a little wet!