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The purpose of this site is to create a community for BART riders who are willing to share good and bad experiences. Through this site we are hoping to share with other riders/employees and let our voices be heard to BART management that BART is important to commuters. We highly believe BART can improve their system and service by correctly utilizing our hard earned fare. We support BART because it cuts down on pollution and helps our environment. Please spread the word to other BART riders. Happy BARTing!!!

White women: Listen Up

I am going to generalize here because in my years of riding I have noticed something. You all do not give up your seats to old folks and people with disabilities. So here is etiquette lesson 101 in a nutshell: If you see a senior or disabled person enter the train, give up your seat. Being a white woman does NOT give you a free pass.

Pimps to the Front

Jesus Christ I'm in love with my monthly parking pass. Maybe living in LA and SF has made me a bit too fired up about parking privileges. I love to zip past all the losers trolling for the $1 spots like half a mile from the station and pull up and park right in fucking front of the goddamn platform.

Same story on the way home. Just a few steps off the platform and I'm burning fossil fuels.

Is just me?

Has anyone who commutes during the regular rush hour notice that Bart has been delayed for various reasons lately? I noticed that it's been more common to have the trains late so it's very difficult to ever predict the times that are normally posted. I'm not getting bent out of shape about it but just curious if others notice it?

I commute from Fruitvale to Embarcadero and back.

Queen Latifah Disrupts Passengers On Train

Someone sent me this video from a BART passenger... While it is not the real Queen Latifah (I am very familar with my chocolate goddess), this is funnier than anything I've seen or heard in a few weeks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiBHLkTlMsA

Enjoy Fellow BartRagers

More Fee Parking at Orinda

Last week the line dividing Fee and Permit parking at Orinda was relocated to provide approximately 120 more fee parking spaces.
This morning there were approximately 35 fee spaces left at 9AM.

Fire today in SF on Market around 12:15 p.m.

When I came up out of embarcadero BART; I could smell all this smoke. Turned around and could see alot of thick smoke on market by the Hyatt Regency and it was spreading fast. The SFFD was not even there yet. There has been nothing about this in the news? Does anyone know anything about this fire. Were there any BART delays because of it? I felt lucky I did not get caught in it. Seemed like a lot of time went by before the Fire Department arrived to the scene.

end of another day

well, end of my daily grind in the office. pray the trains are moving well. big date tonight!

Injury at BART

I slipped on bird poop on the stairs at BART and broke my foot. This was in March and I am still dealing with the injury. I have had to have two operations including pins in my foot. I just found out that I might possibly need a third operation.

The reason I slipped was because the poop had built up over a period of time because the stations were not being cleaned. The birds at this particular station nest in the light cans above the stairwells going down to the platform and along the underside of the edges of the platform. In early spring the station is loaded with poop. I have since learned that there was not enough janitorial staff to keep all of the stations clean.

EZ Rider Pilot program

I've managed to get into the EZ Rider pilot program, and am pleased with it.
This is a smart card that is auto-loaded with value from your credit card and only requires
being placed on the sensor pad on top of the fare gate for entry and exit.

I am aware that this means that I personally can be tracked on BART, and that this is not cutting edge technology, but it certainly is convenient. I also have an Oyster card, and have used that a fair amount.
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Transbay Tube power was out for 1 hour th riis morning

System power to transbay is back up but there are delays throghout the system. I just waited for 25 minutes at Dublin Station. Just a heads up to you riders.

Thank you BART employees for your support

My boyfriend is a train operator who recently took some flyers with him to work in order to help raise funds for the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk held in San Francisco over the weekend. I want to thank him for his love and support, and I would like to personally thank all who contributed from the bottom of my heart. It is very much appreciated and wish I could give y'all big hugs!! Thank you :)

BART: someone in Procurement Dept. arrested??

Anyone else get wind of this? Arrested by the FBI, something to do with money laundring? This would have been yesterday, Thursday the 19th.

Seems money is free for those to commit white-collar crime at bart.

Freemont -> Richmond Train, Locked Axle/Flat Wheels

Yesterday, 19Oct06, one of these trains developed a "brake on in propulsion" somewhere around the Bayfair Station. The operator went back to find the culprit car, and found it. The error reported by the car was "locked axle fault" on axle #2. Car was cut out, as appropriate for such events. A tech met the train soon thereafter, and heard a grinding noise from under the car. He reported the train should not be in service, yet Central Command refused to take the train out of service.

At 19th St Station, another tech got on, and reported the same. At El Cerrito Plaza Station, suddenly the car developed MAJOR flat spots, as reported by the tech, and then the flats just as quickly seemed to disappear. What was occuring was the gear box for the axle locked, and the train was pulling the car with the wheels on that axle not rotating, grinding the wheel down. The gearbox released, which was the sudden occurance (sp?) of flats, then locked up again (the flats disappeared). Finally at El Cerrito Del Norte, the train was removed from service, and moved .s.l.o.w.l.y., at 5 MPH to the Richmond Yard/Shop.

Some passengers just make my day

Just a funny clip of an annoying Bart rider found on youtube. What would you do in this situation?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiBHLkTlMsA

BIKES NOW OK DURING COMMUTE HOURS...

Or so it seems, judging by the number getting on and off during the evening hours, esp. the Richmond and Pittsburg-BP lines. If they're being ignored by the station agents, shouldn't BART be changing their literature and signage? Unfortunately, these people not only insist on take up the space of 4 people in crowded cars by sitting in the Senior and Disabled seats, but block the doorways, as well. WTF?

I could continue to question these people, but the last time I did almost came to blows with the guy and some a**hole patron from Lafayette who wasn't familiar with the rules either. Grrr...

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