Saturday, September 6, 2008

Berlin works to improve train smells

BERLIN, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Officials with the public transportation system in the German capital said they are working to give trains more pleasant fragrances.

Berlin transport officials said the plan, the brainchild of S-Bahn employee Gerson Myhr, will involve a customized scent being added to the cleaning products used on the trains to mask the trademark German subway stench of stale air, wet clothes and rancid pizza, Deutsche Welle reported Friday.

"We basically want to enhance the public transport experience in Berlin," S-Bahn spokesman Burkhard Ahlert said.

Commuters can begin sniffing for the new scent in November on 100 of the city's 620 trains as part of a trial program, he said. The exact formula for the scent has not yet been finalized.

"Obviously we'll be making sure it won't contain anything passengers might be allergic to," Ahlert said. "Initially we'd planned to do the aroma tests internally, but we've decided to get the public involved as soon as possible."


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