MARTA yanks self-cleaning toilets from station

ATLANTA (AP) - MARTA is putting a dozen self-cleaning toilets into storage after the devices installed for $1.6 million buckled under high usage at a downtown train station.

The less than three-year-old, German-engineered toilets were at the Five Points station. But The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports at any given time, half were out of commission due to leaks and other problems.

A Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokeswoman says the steel pods will be removed through the weekend and placed in a storage garage until the transit system finds a less busy station in which to place them.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, questioned MARTA's
spending on the modern devices.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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