Commuters in Vienna Decide Against Perfumed Air on Subway

Hold the perfumed air, please. After a month-long trial on four trains on two lines from public transport company Wiener Linien from Vienna, Austria, the people have spoken: they would rather go without fragrant air pumped inside the carriages.
Wiener Linien tries out scented air for the subway, commuters vote against it 6 photos
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The idea was to make the experience of commuting more pleasant for the 2.6 million of people who ride the subway on a daily basis, France 24 reports. So, they tried out the possibility of pumping fragrant air through the ventilation systems and the riders were asked to express their opinion in an online vote.

The trial included 4 fragrances, including a refreshing, energizing grapefruit mix and relaxing melon. The grapefruit combination proved the most popular, but the consensus among riders was that they didn’t need any fragrance at all: 37,000 people voted and 21,000 of them were against the proposed permanent feature on the subway.

“I want to make sure that passengers feel comfortable in public transport,” Vienna environment councilor Ulli Sima said of the proposed feature.

Apparently, that doesn’t include breathing in fragrant air. The grapefruit mix, which turned out to be the most popular among riders, also included notes of lemon, green tea and sandalwood. Commuters expressed their belief that last year’s ban on all kinds of food on public transport was enough to make the journey pleasant enough.

The ban came into effect after many passengers formally complained about other passengers’ idea of a quick bite, especially when they were having kebab or pizza.

Wiener Linien is famous worldwide for its speed and punctuality. More than half of all Vienna residents hold yearly passes that allow them to ride all public transport in the city for a fixed amount. According to the public transport company, the number of yearly pass holders is larger than the number of registered cars in Vienna.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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