Transit Flooring Stands Up to Foot Traffic

Posted on December 23, 2010 by Brittany-Marie Swanson, Assistant Editor

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[IMAGE]MET1flooring-Koroseal-3-2.jpg[/IMAGE]Aesthetically Pleasing

Even if your bus or railcar is safe and durable, it can still be lacking visually. Transit equipment can be used to promote community identity and increase ridership through logos, colors, decals and slogans; flooring is no exception.

"I know a lot of people are putting more money into aesthetics — more visual enhancement of the interior of the vehicles," Lee points out. "We are kind of getting away from the old style interiors and looking for more modern, state-of-the-art products and finishes."

Manufacturers are looking to fabricate products that better appeal to their clients' design preferences. Altro Transflor recently introduced a windmill pattern for use with its Meta and Chroma flooring ranges. The minimalist design allows for the incorporation of a coordinating color into the flooring in a windmill shape.

In January 2011, Altro Transflor will be unveiling Timbersafe II, a bus flooring that looks like typical hardwood floor. It will be available in oak, cherry and walnut finishes. Lee says that it is already extremely popular among clients.

Stylized flooring can help transit authorities achieve a variety of looks with their equipment. R.C.A. Rubber makes its Transit-Flor PGF available in an array of colors and finishes. Clients can choose marbleized, granite and terrazzo style floors. The company's new LGF flooring product is also available in a wide selection of colors and finishes.

According to Hume, however, standard color selection is not nearly as important as custom options to the typical transit authority.

"Transit is rather unique in that it's very rare for a transit authority or railway to use a standard product," explains Hume. "They'll use standard compounds but then they will make up their own design or match, of course, the interior seat colors and other accents.

"I would say one of the sole exceptions is Amtrak — we've been using our standard design for a good part of 20 years with them," he continues. "But, the individual transit authorities will have their own design ideas."

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