What is the deal with so many people commiting suicide in front of trains lately, or just falling on the tracks? I was on a train in West Oakland that hit someone a few years ago, and it was a seriously bad situation. Do the BART train operators get any kind of counseling when they have to see that stuff?
I find it unbelievable that people are still buying HUGE trucks and SUVs. And probably bitching continually about high gas prices... I see these vehicles with paper 'new car' plates and it fries me. I once heard that 'alpha male' owners of these behemoths buy them to compensate for their own tiny peepees.
Today I had to dodge a Ford F350 mega-truck on the 3rd floor of the Fruitvale BART parking garage, space 516. Texas plates (Doh! Moron!) The thing was literally jutting out 3 feet beyond the length of the space. Why don't BART police ticket such nuisances? I suppose they are (and we should be) grateful that the owner at least takes BART for a portion of his daily commute.
Last night I was on a Pittsburg/Bay Point train around 6:30 p.m. and the train operator made an announcement regarding a lost child - little 5 year old. Does anyone know what happened, was she found? I haven't seen anything on the news.
NIce Red Hud Graffiti and North Concord BART today; must have been done yesterday. Besides painting the entrance to the station, they painted Fuck You Clyde Frog on someone's brand new SUV as well as the side walk and words like "poop" and "HUD." Real Nice. I hope BART Police catch these creeps and there are made to pay every dime it costs to paint that person's car and fix the entrance to the station. That was really messed up; it is going to cost several thousand dollars to fix that person's car.
Ok, some of you know that I recently started taking the Ferry as a commute, but sometimes I still take BART for other business or personal needs. Anyway, it had been about a week since I was actually on a BART train before I took it again. All I can say is GROSS. The first thing I noticed is how awful it stank and how dirty the floors were. I thought maybe I had just got a bad train but on the way back it was the same thing. It was just gross. Does anyone know how often the cars are cleaned? Its got to be unhealthy.
So this morning for the second day in a row, the cars are full of stinky BUMS laying all of the seats smelling up the cars. Moving from one car to the next, more BUMS! Of course I called the train operator to report this like so many people say on these forums to GET INVOLVED. Operator exclaims, Bums? (like he has no clue what I am saying). I tell him don't you guys sweep these trains for vagrants with no tickets and no money? He of course tells me that as long as they have a ticket, they are entitled to ride the trains. What a freaking joke, I didn't know a $1.10 ticket (if they even had that) entitled you to stink up the system all day long while you lay on two seats riding from Pittsburg to Daly City all day long.
I take the 6:03 A.M BART from the Pittsburg/Bay Point station, and I always see this guy in a red tuxedo and a concave hobo hat. All of his visible skin is a whiteish-gray, and he has all sorts of pins and badges on his tux. I'm thinking that he's a professional clown, and I'm sorta curious to ask him myself, but I don't want to bring un-necessary attention to him on the train (you'd think a guy dressed like this is used to attention, but I don't like to assume things). Other than being a clown, what else could he possibly be...? And why the hell would a professional clown be taking a 6:00 A.M train everyday?
Anyone using BART this afternoon be sure to chjeck to see if its running
After six years of watching bikes getting stolen and vandalized at Ashby station, I've decided to start documenting what's going on in the (vain) hope that BART might actually do something about it. If you're interested, take a look at http://ashbybart.blogspot.com
The BART management will listen to the riders, not the employees. We see the train operators reading, listening to music, talking on cell phones, and playing video games while operating trains. We see Station Agents too lazy to tag lost items or go up on the platform Most of all just ignoring the riders. The Union sees reporting them as "Rats" So Please...you do it for us. We want the riders to have a good BART experience. That keeps you coming back, not just of necessity. Also, please say "hello" to your fav/regular TO or SA. Most of us enjoy interacting with you.
People who get inline means they are planning to board the train based on the order of the line. I see so many idiots who come from nowhere and attempt to enter on either side of the line right when the train is approaching. What is up with that? So what I've been doing is raising my voice very loud to embarass them. However some are so hard headed they act like they didn't hear you.
My question is I don't see anyone stand up like that so I'm I just taking this too personal? I just hate people who sneak up like that and cut the line when I've been standing there in my place.
I was riding the train into SF the other day and there was an older couple sitting across from me having a discussion about their church. The woman asked me what church I go to, and I told her that I havent really gone since I was a kid. Then both of them really gave me an enthusiastic invitation to their church. I told them to fuck off and their stop came up shortly after.
I guess its getting impossible to have a simple ride without being asked for something on BART these days.
So I recently moved to an area that is serviced by a ferry service (as opposed to BART). All I can say is WOW! After nearly 15 years of BART the ferry service was like night and day. I mean WOW! It is so nice. Big comfy seats, restrooms, hell they even sell coffee, food and booze during the trip. Free parking! There are tables, booths and big aisles. I was just floored by the difference and it gets me there in the same amount of time. Plus there are no stops so it is easy to catch a snooze if you would like to. And on sunny days you can sit on the top, outside deck and get sunshine and fresh air. It just rocks! Bye bye BART
Due to the recent terrorist arrest regarding the plot to explode airliners over the ocean with LIQUID EXPLOSIVES, how safe is the BART against something like that?
I still see people brining drinks onto the BART, as usual; however, itâ€™s against BART rules yet not really enforced. Hey, Iâ€™m guilty of that myself. My concern is if some brought on those types of explosives to the BART, how well will BART fare in that type of explosion? Obviously the car that explodes would be the worst off, but how bad would the tunnel get it if exploded under the bay?
Any word if BART is going to change that policy? Also, I head that the dogs have a harder time sniffing out those types of explosives? There is a lot of stuff in the media right now, so just trying to figure out what it truth and what I should ignore.
Thanks to: Jurgis, centralvalley, matrix, Maxpeck & my 2 cents, cofeedrinker, autum_wiitch, muffaleta and Phillrider. I appreciate all your worthy blogs and comments. It just takes a minute for the "anonymous" to identify themselves by creating a username & password but I think many of the "anonymous" enjoy the continuous negative and belittling comments left on this site.
Also, thank you to the Bart employees for the information left on this site to keep us riders update on whats really going on behind the scenes.